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E-Lines: November 12, 2019

Date: November 12, 2019

Long-Term Care deadline extended until November 30, 2019

 For those interested in enrolling in Long-Term Care Insurance, United has extended the open enrollment window until November 30, 2019. Those who enroll prior to the November 30 deadline will be eligible for discounted rates and fewer medical questions.

When visiting www.unitedvoluntarybenefits.com you have the ability to register for a live webinar or schedule a free consultation to learn more about the options available to you. You will be required to register when logging in for the first time.

Visit United Voluntary Benefits (Long-term Care) to learn more about your options and enroll before the deadline.

New Satellite Bases: AUS, FLL, TPA, SEA

 On November 11, 2019 the company announced the opening of additional satellite bases In Austin, TX, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tampa, FL and Seattle, Washington.

Bids can be placed on file as of November 13, 2019. Keep in mind AUS, FLL, and TPA, are scheduled to open for the February 2020 Flight Attendant bid month and SEA is scheduled to open for the March 2020 schedule month.

 In accordance with Section 17.A of our JCBA, a Flight Attendant who declines an awarded transfer shall not be eligible to file another transfer bid for a period of three (3) months from the date of refusing the transfer. Upon accepting a transfer, the Flight Attendant shall not file another bid for a period of six (6) months. 

 Note: Flight Attendants on COLA, Special COLA, Personal, Parental or Adoption leave may request to continue her/his leave following the award of a voluntary transfer. The Company may grant such request in its discretion. If not granted, the Flight Attendant is expected to return from leave status on the effective date of her/his transfer.

Round Two Vacation Bidding Closes Saturday, November 16, 2019

 Reminder, Second Round Vacation bidding for 2020 closes this Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 0800 Home Domicile Time (HDT). Awards will be posted no later than November 20, 2019. To learn more about the rules for vacation bidding please review the 2020 Vacation Guide.

Vacation Bidding: Crossing Bid Months

 As Flight Attendants prepare to make their second round Vacation Bids we remind you that you have the ability to bid days that cross the end of the month into the next.

A Flight Attendant may bid for a vacation period overlapping two bid months. However, a Flight Attendant may not bid for a vacation period overlapping two scheduled vacation years; that is, no overlap from December 2020 into January 2021. The minimum vacation bid to cross from one month to the next is fourteen (14) full days and the following rules apply to crossing months:

In order to cross months using 14, 15 or 16 days, you must meet the following rules:

  • There must be a minimum of four (4) full days in both months.
  • Partial Vacation days are not counted as a full day.

When crossing months using seventeen (17) days or more, the following rules must be met:

  • Both months must have a minimum of seven (7) full days in both months.
  • Partial Vacation days are not counted as a full day.

Contact your Local Council for more information about Vacation Bidding and visit our United AFA website for a comprehensive guide.

Interruption of Reserve Legal Rest while at Home 

Reserve Legal Rest (at home domicile) is provided for under Sections 8.I.3.a. of our Contract.  Reserve (RSV) Flight Attendants shall have twelve (12) hours free from duty at their home domicile. In addition, following an International pairing, a Reserve will be provided with legal rest specific to the pairing completed as set forth in Section 6.W.2 of our Contract.

Upon release to crew rest, crew scheduling will only contact a Reserve during the last hour of the crew rest period at the home base. MEC 3-19 was filed when the company failed to recognize the Contractual legal rest period and has been sustained.  When violated, the remedy provides that when a Flight Attendant’s legal rest period at home is interrupted by crew scheduling, the rest period shall be restarted as soon as the error is discovered or is brought to the company’s attention within the same rest period in which the improper contact was made.

For all of the above reasons, Flight Attendants have level of responsibility to know their legal rest legalities at home based on the previous pairing worked. Said another way, the best way to protect your legal rest at home is to know your Contractual legalities. 

Working Crew Members & Thanksgiving Holiday Buddy Pass Travelers

As a reminder, during the Thanksgiving holiday, United Flight Attendants and mainline pilots who are working crew members will again be able to travel with up to two individuals using buddy passes at the crew member’s personal boarding priority of SA1P.

Domestic and International travel beginning as of November 24 and ending on or before midnight on December 5, 2019 (covering the Thanksgiving Holiday window) is included. In order to take advantage of this boarding priority for buddies who are traveling with crew members, when listing through employeeRES, employees must check the box labeled “traveling with working crew” to ensure buddy pass travel plans are booked at the correct boarding priority.

Working crew members must notify the CSR in person when a buddy accompanies them in the city where the buddy is to be boarded and at the connecting city where there is an aircraft change. If seats are not available or the buddy pass riders are not senior enough to be boarded in available seats, they will travel at the unaccompanied buddy pass classification (SA4P for adult buddy children, SA6F for extended family buddy or SA7U for regular buddy). The boarding priority must be changed prior to moving to the next scheduled flight.

If you have questions, contact the Employee Travel Center through Help Hub and track the progress of your request.

New Hire Training Flights: Set an Example and Wear your AFA pin 

United recently announced their plans for hiring over the next few years. As our newest Sisters and Brother prepare to join us on the line, they will be completing their training flights. This is an excellent opportunity for us to welcome them and show them our unity on the line. We remind each other of the importance of wearing our AFA Union pin and ensuring it is visible on our outermost garment. This is a very important time to express our support for one another, stand together in unity and display the power our pin represents for our profession.

Flight Attendants in need of an AFA pin should stop by their Local Council office to obtain a new one.

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