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E-Lines: July 06, 2018

Date: July 6, 2018

CCS Practice Environment Available July 9 – August 30, 2018
Joint Implementation Team

Flight Attendants can begin preparation for the September 12 bid period, preceding implementation of CCS as the common platform for all Flight Attendants. It is imperative that everyone becomes familiar with the new bidding screens and how to navigate the new CCS functionality, prior to the all-important September 12, 2018 date. The practice environment will be available July 9 through August 30, 2018 and Flight Attendants should watch for the details July 5, 2018.  

Note: All Flight Attendants will need to utilize the new CCS functionality when bidding for October schedules. 

Information will be sent to your corporate email accounts via One United updates and weekly via AFA E-Lines. We encourage Flight Attendants to check these resources often.

Bidding and Award Reference Guides
Joint Implementation Team

Flight Attendants are encouraged to access and begin reviewing the Bidding & Awards materials available on our website Unitedafa.org. Look for the blue Reference Guides icon, located in the middle of the home page. The guides are also available on Flying Together > OneUnited > Reference Guidesand on your Link via Content Locker. These guides will provide pertinent information to Flight Attendants in preparation for the upcoming September 12 bidding date and the CCS practice environment. 

Note: Look for printed copies to be available for pickup in your base in early July.

On Board Leader to be Recognized as International Purser

Following completion of the annual Purser/ISM recurrent training, ISMs and Pursers were given an opportunity to participate in a survey expressing a preference for the title to be used when referring to the qualified international on-board leader once we move to a common scheduling platform on Oct 1, 2018.

On Friday, June 29 the results of that survey were announced where overwhelmingly Pursers/ISMs advised management of their preference to use the International Purser title. Beginning October 1, 2018 our on-board leaders will be referred to as International Pursers.

The International Purser and Domestic Purser will continue to be defined as stated in Section 4.H of our JCBA.

United MEC Summer Regular Meeting – July 10 – 12, Rosemont, IL

Our Summer 2018 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place next week, July 10 -12, 2018, at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N. River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other Local Council Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to the Membership.

We encourage each Member to witness the democratic process by attending your Local Council Meetings and join us for the MEC meeting if you are in the Chicago area while we are in session. Details and the MEC Summer Meeting agenda have been posted on our website.

Absence Certificate Clarification

We’ve received a few inquiries at the MEC Office from Flight Attendants who have placed themselves on sick leave prior to the dedicated holiday dates requiring an absence certificate, July 1, 2018 –July 7, 2018.  The specific question is related to whether or not there is an obligation to provide an absence certificate for absences starting prior to the designated period and that overlap into the designated period.

For clarification purposes, Flight Attendants on sick leave status prior to the contractually designated dates of July 1 through July 7, are not required to provide an Absence Certificate. The contractual language of our JCBA, Section 13.C.4. clearly states that the absence certificate is required for sick leave that originates on the designated dates. Therefore, and as an example, if a Flight Attendant calls in sick on June 28 and remains on sick leave until July 2, 2018, an absence certificate is not required under this provision of the Contract.  Even though the sick leave overlapped into the July 1 – July 7 time frame where an Absence Certificate is required, the sick call did not originate on or during the designated dates. 

Additionally, Flight Attendants who have had no absences during the prior twelve (12) calendar months were not subject to the Absence Certificate requirement that applies during the holiday period.

However and to avoid any confusion, under the provisions of JCBA Section 13.C.5, Flight Attendants may be required to provide an Absence Certificate in a circumstance where abuse or misuse of sick leave is suspected.

The specific Contract language follows:

Nothing in this Agreement shall prevent the Company from requiring a Flight Attendant to provide satisfactory verification of an incapacitating illness from an accredited physician when circumstances suggest that abuse or misuse of sick leave has occurred

Additional information on the details of the Absence Certificate and the applicable required dates may be found in E-Lines publication, dated June 26, 2018.

Holiday Pay Parameters  
MEC Grievance Committee  

Subsequent to the recent contractual paid holiday, July 4, 2018, Flight Attendants have been inquiring as to the details of holiday pay when their scheduled pairing is effected by one of the following events: 

Trip Cancels with on Reassignment:

A Lineholder or Reserve, who reported for duty on a designated holiday and whose trip cancels and where no reassignment is made involving that day, will receive holiday pay based on the number of hours from report to release (minimum of 2 hours).  This equates to double time pay for the time on duty.  Since there is no flight time to generate an automatic pay file, a Flight Attendant must submit a paper FAC (pay claim) to the Company for this holiday pay and any additional pay factors pertinent to the activity of the duty period. 

Enroute (Mid-sequence) Sick Leave:

In the event of a Flight Attendant becomes ill mid-sequence of a holiday trip, will have her/his holiday pay calculated on whichever is less between the scheduled time away on the holiday or the actual time away on the holiday.

Deadhead Deviation:

If a Flight Attendant is authorized to deviate or deadhead home early, holiday pay is the lesser of the scheduled or actual time away from home (TMA) and hours away on the holiday.

Drafting from ID with Time on a Holiday: 

A Flight Attendant who is drafted from an ID/pairing, which includes time on a holiday to an ID/pairing that does not include holiday pay, will be pay protected for the scheduled time on the holiday of the original ID.  The scheduled holiday pay must be converted to its flight hour equivalent and added to the flight hour value of the ID in which it occurs.  This total flight hour value must be compared with the value of the drafting ID, and the Flight Attendant is paid the greater of the two values.

Flight Attendants can find additional information on Holiday Pay parameters in our JCBA, Section 5.L which outlines the formula for holiday pay and is available on our website @unitedafa.org.

Sacred Days -  Days off Preceding/Following a Scheduled Vacation Period as Awarded

Section 12.C.4 of the JCBA provides that days off immediately preceding and following a scheduled vacation period as shown in a Flight Attendant’s schedule shall be considered part of that vacation period, if she/he so desires.  

“Days off preceding and following a scheduled vacation” are based on the Flight Attendant’s original line of flying, are considered part of a Flight Attendant’s vacation and are “sacred” days, which are treated in the following manner:

  • The company cannot assign training on those days, unless a Flight Attendant has specifically bid for the training.  It is still the Flight Attendant’s responsibility to ensure that she/he maintains her/his qualifications.
  • The company cannot schedule a meeting on those days, without the Flight Attendant’s consent.
  • The company cannot reassign a Flight Attendant to infringe on those days, if there is an ability to return the Flight Attendant to base before the start of a sacred day.
  • Flight Attendants may not be drafted on a sacred day.

NOTE: A lineholder who picks up open flying on one of the days off immediately following a vacation period has signaled the end of her/his vacation. Any remaining days off are treated simply as regularly scheduled day off - not as additional vacation days.

Checking Crew Luggage as a Commuter
MEC Uniform Committee  

We continue to receive reports in the MEC office that confusion continues at various airport locations around the system regarding a suggested “requirement” for the checking of crew luggage by commuting Flight Attendants. In some instances, we’ve received specific reports that some Airport Operations personnel insist that Tumi luggage must be checked to baggage claim under the assertion that company issued luggage is too large for the bag sizers.

It is important to understand that all Tumi luggage, two wheel or four-wheeled bags, were tested at bag sizers across the system for compliance with all carry-on baggage requirements.  While we suspect this is being asserted to ensure carry-on space is available for other passengers, this is not a proper assertion. 

Flight Attendants who may experience such an event are encouraged to remind the agent that United and TUMI both tested the rollaboards and, in fact, confirmed they fit in our aircraft aisles, overhead bins, and carry-on bag sizers. You are encouraged to advocate for yourself in these circumstances. However, if the agent continues to insist you check your bag, please comply with the request and then contact your Local Council office for further assistance. 

2Hot2Cold in Air Travel   
MEC Safety, Health and Security

Currently the FAA has no operating requirements for cabin temperatures. As a result, in the summer, cabins can get too hot; in the winter, they can get too cold.

Unfortunately, Flight Attendants face these extreme conditions all too often and in order to make change, we need data to persuade regulators and legislators to establish airplane temperature standards. An app has been created that will assist us in defining the problem and provide us with reports in an effort to get it fixed.

To download the app: 

  • From your smartphone or tablet, go to afacwa.org/2hot2cold, click on the appropriate link to download the app. 
  • Or, in the App or Play Store, search for "2Hot2Cold." 

Working together, we will end the scourge of 2Hot2Cold in air travel! Additional information can be found on our website @unitedafa.org.

Pride @Work Convention August 23-25, Phoenix, AZ  

AFA is a longtime supporter of Pride @ Work, the AFL-CIO diversity organization working towards full equality for LGBTQ people in the workplace. 

Pride at Work is a nonprofit organization that represents LGBTQ Union Members and their allies. They are an officially recognized constituency group of the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations) that organizes mutual support between the organized Labor Movement and the LGBTQ Community to further social and economic justice. 

Pride at Work relies on the support of workers and allies around the country for their important work not only in support of the LGBTQ community but to connect them to the labor movement. If interested, Flight Attendants may Donate today and help keep up the fight.

The Pride @ Work 2018 Convention is scheduled for August 23-25, 2018, at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix, Arizona. We’re always looking for new volunteers. Let us know if you want to get involved with Pride @ Work to help build power for LGBTQ working people.


References and Quick Links

July 1 – 7        Absence Certificate Required 
July 9              CCS Practice Environment Opens 
July 10 - 12     Summer 2018 Regular Meeting of the United MEC
July 12            Crew Rest Policy Harmonization Details

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