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E-Lines: August 10, 2018

Date: August 10, 2018

Bidding and Awards Video Tutorials – One United

The first in a series of video tutorials on various topics related to upcoming changes preparing all of us for our transition to a common scheduling platform are now available for your review. The Bidding & Awards video tutorials linked here are also available in Content Locker on your Link and on the company’s website.Additional videos will be produced and made available for your review in the weeks ahead.

International Purser Opt-Out Program – One United

Beginning Aug. 18, 2018 International Pursers may request to opt out of flying the International Purser position for a bid month as provided in Section 9.D.3.f. of the JCBA. For the October bid month, the Opt-Out window opens on Aug. 18, 2018 at 0800 HDT and closes on Sept. 5, 2018 at 0800 HDT. Opt-Outs will be awarded no later than Sept. 10, 2018. Detailed information on the International Purser Opt-Out Program is linked here.

(pmUAL) – Transition Changes to Make-up Sick & Occupational Leave begin in August

Effective Oct. 1, 2018, Flight Attendants will have the ability to make up hours lost due to illness or injury during the same month will not have these hours deducted from either their Sick or Occupational Injury leave banks (OI) as provided for in Section 13.A.6. of the JCBA.This change reflects a transition toward the methodology previously used by pmCAL Flight Attendants and uses a phased in approach which gradually transitions pmUAL Flight Attendants to a process where make-up of sick leave occurs only on the month where sick leave was used.

As mentioned, this is predominantly a change in process for pmUA Flight Attendants.  Highlights as to how this change will be phased in for pmUA Flight Attendants are as follows:

August 2018

August is final bid month where Sick and OI hours used in the current as well as prior two (2) schedule months bid months, i.e. June 2018, July 2018 and August 2018 can be made up.

September 2018

During September, Sick and OI hours used in the current bid month and from the prior bid month, i.e. August 2018 and September 2018, can be made up.

October 2018  

Full implementation of Section 13.A.6 will be effective at which time Flight Attendants may elect to make up Sick and OI hours taken within the same bid month. Sick hours made up during the same schedule month will not be deducted from the Flight Attendant’s sick leave bank.

Scheduling Rules for Special Qualification Flight Attendants

Effective with the transition to a common scheduling platform for the October 2018 bid month, the following scheduling provisions for Flight Attendants with Special Qualifications will apply:

International Pursers

Flight Attendants who are assigned International Purser lines, when trading with Open Time, may only trade an International Purser pairing for another International Purser pairing. 

International Pursers may pick up and/or trade non-International Purser trips with non-International Purser open time and non-qualified Flight Attendants, subject to the terms of Sections 7.I., 7.J. and 7.K. of the JCBA.  

Keep in mind, an International Purser who has picked up from open time other than International Purser open time will be expected to have a minimum of fifty (50) hours of flying [twenty (20) for job shares and partnerships] as an International Purser at the end of the bid month. There is no requirement to have these hours on your line at the time the trade is being conducted.

Language Qualified Flight Attendants (LQFA)

Flight Attendants who are assigned language qualified (LQ) lines, when trading with Open Time, may only trade an LQ trip for another LQ trip in their primary language for that month. 

Language Qualified Flight Attendants may pick up and/or trade non-LQ trips with non-LQ open time and non-qualified Flight Attendants, subject to the terms of Sections 7.I., 7.J. and 7.L. of the JCBA.  A Language qualified Flight Attendant will be expected to have a minimum of fifty (50) hours of flying [twenty (20) for job shares and partnerships] of language qualified flying at the end of the bid month if they have picked up from open time other than LQ trips during the month. There is no requirement to have these hours on your line at the time the trade is being conducted.

United MEC President, Ken Diaz Addresses Saracini Aviation Safety Act

Ken Diaz, President of the AFA United Master Executive Council for the Association of Flight Attendants in concert with Ellen Saracini, the widow of our United Flight 175 Pilot, Victor Saracini, who was killed on 9/11/2001, joined bipartisan Representatives Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Brian Fitzpatrick, R-PA. in calling on federal lawmakers to act on a bill that would secure cockpit doors on aircraft.


“This is not an Republican or Democratic issue, this is an American issue, common sense safety.”


The Saracini Aviation Safety Act, named in honor of United Airlines Captain Victor J. Saracini, calls for lightweight, wire-mesh gates to be installed on existing planes between the passenger cabin and cockpit door. The mesh would block access to the flight deck whenever it would be necessary to open the flight deck door and serve as a secondary barrier.Earlier this year federal legislation mandated the requirement for all new aircraft to be equipped with the secondary barriers. 

Summer Travel and Unaccompanied Minors – A Review of Procedures  

MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

On August 7, 2018 United released a communication concerning summer travel reiterating our commitment to the care of unaccompanied minors entrusted to us during the busy travel season. 

The Safety Alert, intended as a review of well-taught procedures, contains the process Flight Attendants should adhere to when unaccompanied minors (UMNRs) are scheduled for transport onboard any of the our flights.Applying the concepts of Communicate, Accommodate, Remind and Escort, - C.A.R.E., the communication highlights the proper procedures for securing and handing off the UMNRs to other custodial employees or family members.  As a reminder, don’t forget to complete the Take Off E-Learning lesson prior to September 2, 2018.If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.

Safety Health and Security Training Concludes in Chicago

Our MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee concluded our annual training seminar this week, August 7-9, in Chicago. Over forty (40) of our flying partners from across the system were in attendance; some new to their Local Safety Committees, and many, long time Local Council Safety Committee members. The MEC SHS provided updates on their work, and provided insight on many of their more recent initiatives. Representatives from the AFA International Air Safety, Health and Security Department spoke about their ongoing work including the “2Hot2Cold” initiative. Fellow Union counterparts, including ALPA Central Safety, and the AFA MEC EAP Committee also gave presentations and talked with our newest volunteers about their safety concerns. Your Local Council Safety, Health and Security Committee volunteers left with additional skills and resources. We thank these hard-working and dedicated volunteers for their service to their fellow flying partners.

Computer Based Training (CBT) Due by September 2, 2018

Management has bundled the three required trainings into a single CBT that must be completed by September 2, 2018. This training covers the following three topics:

  • Relaunch of Inflight Bonus Bucks
  • Ensuring the Safety and Well-being of our Unaccompanied Minors
  • Updated Customer Photography & Videography Policy

The entire group of lessons can be accessed through the Bonus Bucks Relaunch Training on TakeOff Learning. Once you’ve completed this training, you will be paid one hour of flight time that will be reflected as add pay on your flight pay register (or in your DFAP.) 

Central Schedule Committee (CSC) Reports – September, 2018

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent DSL Report detailing their activities in the development of the August schedule has been published on www.unitedafa.org

September 11, 2018 Journey of Remembrance – Reservations Available 

On September 11, 2001, this nation was struck with a devastating tragedy that will forever affect our lives. Each year, strong in our pledge to Always Remember and Never Forget. On September 11, 2018, a Commemorative Memorial journey to the National Flight 93 Memorial Park will depart from the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA which is located adjacent to the Pittsburgh International Airport. This will be a one-day event. 

Please consider joining us, as we stand together, humbly bowed in remembrance, in honor of our Heroes of Flight 93. Always Remember, Never Forget!

Reservations for this one-day event can now be made. Please contact MEC Communications at:  Remembering911@unitedafa.org or call 847 292 7170 X542.

AFA Attends Aviation Safety Forum – Addressing Unruly Passengers

On August 2, 2018, The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) hosted a panel discussion on efforts to combat an increase in unruly, and often drunken, passengers on board flights. 

The panel discussion was part of the annual air safety forum event held in Washington, DC. Discussants included industry experts from The Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), International President, Sara Nelson, Airlines Pilots Association (ALPA), law enforcement, airport personnel, the FAA, and United Airlines Global Security Airlines Representative. The panel talked about the increase in violent and unsavory passenger incidents and ways to de-escalate and prevent such situations. Flight Attendants interested in the details of this very important issue are encouraged to watch the video for a complete overview of the panel discussion.  Also in attendance were Sheryl Stroup, Chairperson MEC Safety, Health and Security (SHS) and MEC SHS Vice Chairperson, Johanna Foote. 

Reminders and Quick Links

August 16                  Deadline Semi-annual System Seniority List Protest Period 

August 30                  CCS Practice Environment Closes

September 2              CBT Module Due Date

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