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E-Lines: November 15, 2019

Date: November 15, 2019

December 2019 – One- and Three-Month Special COLAs Awarded

 The company has awarded 671 one- and three-month Special COLAs for the December 2019 Flight Attendant schedule month including the additional 57 Special COLAs that were awarded today.  Flight Attendants received their first preference of one- or three-month Special COLAs.

As a reminder, Flight Attendants awarded the Special COLAs will be required to fly any pairing that overlaps into the January 2020 Flight Attendant schedule month unless they utilized the negotiated schedule flexibility to otherwise remove that obligation from their schedule.

Round Two Vacation Bidding Closes at 0800 HDT Tomorrow, November 16, 2019
MEC CSC Committee

Second Round 2020 Vacation Bidding closes tomorrow, November 16, 2019 (0800 HDT). Awards will be posted no later than November 20, 2019. To review the rules for vacation bidding please review the Vacation Guide on our United AFA website.

Waiver of Transfer Inhibits for Satellite Base Transfers – Impact on Transfer Lists

 In an effort to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to participate in the upcoming satellite base transfers to AUS, FLL, TPA and SEA, by mutual agreement with AFA, transfer inhibits will be waived for the initial staffing of these satellite bases.  This waiver will permit Flight Attendants who have transferred within the past six (6) months to participate in transfers only to the new satellite locations. In addition, Flight Attendants who have declined a transfer within the past three (3) months will also have the ability to transfer only to these satellite bases as a result of the application of the waiver. 

Consistent with the terms of our Contract, initial staffing for the vacancies at the new satellite bases will be awarded in system seniority order. However, the transfer list on CCS will not show the correct seniority ranking because those with transfer inhibits will not appear in their true seniority order because the programming continues to recognize their transfer inhibits. 

By agreement with the company and as a result of the application of a manual process, an updated list reflecting the accurate seniority ranking of those interested in transferring will be prepared and published every Tuesday and Friday until the award date on December 6, 2019.

Additional information can be found in the Satellite Base Guides at the following links:

Satellite Bases: Frequently asked questions

Transfer & Moving Policy

Kombucha Tea - To Drink or Not to Drink
MEC Employee Assistance/Professional Standards

Commercial Kombucha Tea is typically sold and labeled as “non-alcoholic”. However, this does not mean that it doesn’t contain alcohol.  It means that it contains less than 0.5% alcohol to be sold as a non-alcoholic beverage.  Home brewed Kombucha teas can have up to as much as 3% alcohol content. For comparison, a regular beer, on average, is 5% alcohol. Left unrefrigerated for an extended period of time, the alcohol content of some Kombucha teas can increase. 

If you want to steer completely clear of a DOT violation or a zero-tolerance violation of many European countries, treat Kombucha Tea as an alcoholic beverage. If you have a medical or religious reason to abstain from all sources of alcohol, you would also want to avoid Kombucha Tea.

Hotel Accommodation Requirements in Delay Situations
MEC Hotel and Transportation Committee 

While delays are always a possibility in our line of work, unexpected and early winter weather conditions have the potential of increasing the likelihood of creating circumstances where the company is obligated to provide accommodations during an extended delay.

 Section 5.B. of our Contract requires:

The company shall furnish comfortable and adequate single occupancy hotel rooms in a suitable location for Flight Attendant as selected in accordance with the provisions of Paragraph B.2. when,

a. Scheduled at a layover station in excess of four (4) hours.

b.  Delayed at a layover station for four (4) hours or more from the time the delay is known; or after reporting for duty at the home Domicile there is a delay for four (4) or more hours from the time the delay is known.

 A common misconception about the requirements of this Section of our Contract is how it applies to either an early arrival or a rolling delay resulting in a four (4) hour or greater window. To be clear, an early flight arrival that extends the original sit time to four (4) hours does not meet the contractual parameters for a required hotel room. The same applies to a known delay of less than four (4) hours, regardless of scheduled sit time unless that sit time originally scheduled is in excess of four (4) hours. Unless at the time the delay is posted, the delay is four (4) hours or greater, hotel accommodations are not required.

For additional information regarding when hotel accommodations should be provided review the following June 23, 2018 E-Lines publication  or contact your Local Council Representatives.

Updating your Personal Information on Flying Together
MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

 As Professional Flight Attendants, we take pride in the work we do and the many efforts we make in being prepared for the unexpected.  An essential component in this preparation is always a consideration of our own needs first.  As we know, in any emergency situation, every minute counts.  Having information available or knowing where to find essential information is the key to emergency preparedness.

Ensuring that our employer is able to respond effectively and immediately when it comes to our personal care while away from home, preparedness should have an equal, if not greater, priority for each of us. 

Before leaving on your next pairing, take a few minutes to review the Emergency Contact information you have on file in company records.  Ensuring the accuracy of this information can save minutes that matter in any critical situation where the company needs to either contact you or reach your designated emergency contacts quickly.

Review your designated Emergency Contact(s) in Flying Together.  Access My Profile from the upper right had corner of the home screen by clicking on your name > Edit My Info > Personal Details > Emergency Contacts.  Click the “+” to add a contact or the “>” sigh to edit existing information. Always remember to save any changes or updates.

 As an additional precaution, if you’ve recently been married, changed your name or had a new passport issued, ensure that your full name on company records matches the name listed on the passport, including your middle name. To verify/update your information: Flying Together > My Profile (Upper Right Corner) > Edit my Info > Personal Details > Name > Edit or change name to match your passport exactly and submit any requested documentation.   Keep in mind that the name in your profile must match the name on your passport.  When making changes, you are required to also submit documentation to support the name change as detailed on the page where changes are made.

Finally, ensure your address and telephone contact information listed with the company is accurate.  In the event of any emergency situation at or near your home, both the company and AFA will have information necessary to act to ensure your personal safety.

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council office for assistance.

International SOS Medical Assistance
MEC Safety Health and Security Committee

United Airlines contracts with International SOS to provide security and medical assistance to its employees and crews in both emergency and non-emergency situations. In the event of an illness or injury overseas, ISOS will arrange medical appointments with local third-party medical providers, and will, as an agent for United airlines, guarantee and pay all costs associated with a working crew member’s in-patient or out-patient care. These services may also be available to other employees, retirees and travel eligibles traveling overseas. However, the coverage levels will vary.   

In the advent of recent instances of political unrest in various cities in the world served by United Airlines, we recommend that you are prepared for the unexpected and carry their ISOS card, along with United’s unique corporate ID number, when traveling internationally. The card is a valuable resource as it lists the international contact phone numbers. If you have misplaced your ISOS card or have never had one, you can download and print a new card by accessing the Inflight Health & Safety page on Flying Together.


Print a new International SOS card

View FAQ about MedAire/ International SOS

Flight Attendant Checked Baggage Information

As we approach the traditionally busy holiday flying seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas, holiday reductions in the flight schedule result in some international pairings of unusual length. As a reminder and to assist you in managing baggage in the cabin during the holiday travel season, we remind you that Section 3.B. of our Contract provides for Flight Attendant Checked Baggage on international trips of four (4) days or longer.

 Flight Attendants shall be permitted to check two bags on International trips of four days or longer. Where available, priority handling will be given to crew baggage. The company shall be liable for lost check crew baggage, upon proof of loss, in accordance with passenger lost luggage and liability, exclusive of uniforms, for any one occurrence. In the event of a delay in receiving a Flight Attendant’s luggage, the Flight Attendant will be promptly provided an amenities kit where available. The Flight Attendant will also be reimbursed for reasonable and actual expenses incurred due to such delay.

Contact your Local Council for additional information.

Verify Pay for Vacation Fly Through

It’s important to remember that it often takes less time to avoid a payroll error, oversight or omission than it does to fix one once it has occurred.  When exercising your contractual right to fly through an awarded vacation period, take a minute to confirm that the pay you are expecting in lieu of vacation has been properly included in your Pay Register.  To ensure your vacation fly though hours have been properly applied to your total monthly pay, in CCS > Pay Register > Total Month’s Pay > Add Pay (Base Rates) > VCPO (vacation pay out) should equal the number of days of vacation flown through multiplied by 3.25 hours. That value will ultimately be multiplied by your hourly rate of pay and converted into the dollar value of your vacation fly through. Report discrepancies or research any questions with the Crew Pay team or via Help Hub.

Additional information about Vacation Fly through can be found in the 2019 Vacation Guide published on our website at www.unitedafa.org.

Reserve Preferencing Interface Tutorials “Sneak Peak”


In anticipation of the full release of Reserve Preference Interface tutorials next Tuesday, we have a sneak preview that is available for to take a look at starting today. You can get a sneak peak of the videos at the following link.

Transgender Awareness Week >> Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Awareness Week is typically observed during the second week of November and is a one-week celebration leading up to Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). The purpose of Transgender Awareness week is to educate about transgender and gender non-conforming people and the issues associated with their transition or identity.

Transgender and gender non-conforming people along with their allies who support them act together to bring attention to and raise up the transgender community by educating the public about who transgender people are, sharing stories and experiences, and advancing advocacy around the issues of prejudice, discrimination and violence that adversely affect and impact the community of transgender people.

Transgender Awareness Week closes out on November 20 with a Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR).  On this day, we honor the memory of those transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence during the previous year. We remember those lost as well as those who loved them and share in their sorrow. 

We are a diverse work force and by this diversity we are stronger. Recognizing our diversity is how we learn about each other and our common interests. For more information on available resources, refer to the following link: https://www.glaad.org/transgender/resources

Do Your Part to Bridge the Gap – Join us at Washington Reagan Airport on November 19, 2019

Flight Attendants, whether at mainline or regional air carriers, are aviation’s first responders responsible to ensure the well-being, safety and security of the passengers entrusted to our care.  While we work on different aircraft traveling to different cities, there are so many aspects of the job we do as well as our working conditions that are similar.  As such, all Flight Attendants have earned the right to be treated with the same respect and should be paid fairly recognizing our hard work and contributions to the success of the airlines for which we work. Disrespect and discrimination have no place in the aircraft cabin or within our profession.   A harm to one is a harm to all. A career dedicated in the service of the passengers we care for daily should be recognized with rest and work rules, affordable health care, a living wage and a reasonable retirement.

Our Union’s Bridge the Gap campaign is dedicated to ending the discriminatory wage and work rule policies that Flight Attendants at regional air carriers face as compared to those of Flight Attendants working at mainline carriers. As with all of the priorities we establish as Flight Attendants, when we stand together, we are stronger. Together, we can accomplish our goals and objectives.

Next week we will have the opportunity to stand with our Sisters and Brothers at regional air carriers to focus attention on our campaign to Bridge the Gap. If you are in Washington, D.C. next week or living in the D.C. area, we ask you to stop by Regan National Airport at 11:00 am to show management and flying public we support these efforts and to demonstrate the true Power of our Solidarity.


November 19, 2019


11:00am to 12 Noon (ET)


DCA Airport - Terminal B exterior South Terrace & Terminal C exterior North Terrace

Reminders and Quick Links

 November 13-19 Transgender Awareness Week 2019
November 16      Second Round Vacation Bids close 0800 Home Domicile Time
November 20      Second Round Vacation Bids Awards Posted
November 20      Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20      January Job Shares & One Month COLA Bids Due 1000 HDT
November 23      Labor Thanksgiving Day - NRT
November 24      Working Crew Member Holiday Buddy Travel Begins
November 24      Vacation Allocations Posted
November 28      Thanksgiving Holiday – All U.S. Domiciles & GUM
November 30      Trades Awarded by Seniority

Dec.1-Jan.29      Trimester 1 CQ 2020 CBT Requirement

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