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E-Lines: November 26, 2019

Date: November 26, 2019

2020 Vacation Allocations and Seniority Trading
MEC Central Schedule Committee

2020 Vacation Awards have been posted.  Allocations for vacation trades are available on CCS. Flight Attendants now have the ability to modify their awarded vacation by utilizing the following options:

  • Vacation Modifications
  • Open Time Trades by Seniority Nov. 24, 2019 0800 (HDT)- Nov. 30, 0800 (HDT)
  • Instant Trades with Open Time Dec. 5, 2019
  • Flight Attendant to Flight Attendant Trades by 2359 on the 15th of each calendar month.
  • Fly Through (Non-Operational & Operational)
  • Vacation Slides (Operational)

Vacation Seniority trading opened November 24, 2019 and will remain open through November 30, 2019 0800 (HDT). To submit a trade request, from the “my Vacation page” in the “Scheduled Vacation “section, select the drop-down arrow to expand the period that you want to trade. Select “OT Trade By Sen” to display the “Open Time Trade by Seniority” page. The “OT Trade by Sen” option is only visible while the trading window for Open Time by Seniority is open.

For more information review page 15 of the 2020  
Vacation Guide.

To learn more about your options for modifying your vacation visit the Vacation Guide at unitedafa.org or contact your Local Council.

Pass Travel Enrollment 2020

Annual Pass Travel election changes for the 2020 calendar year open in early December. Beginning December 4, 2019 Flight Attendants will have the opportunity to make selections for their 2020 pass travel elections. The selection window will remain open until December 30, 2019 at 7 pm (CT).

To review Pass Travel Enrollment, review the article on our MEC website.


Procedures for Harassment and/or Sexual Assault on Our Aircraft
MEC Safety, Health & Security Committee

As Flight Attendants, our primary objectives and training pertain to the safety and security of our passengers and crew members onboard our aircraft. No matter the type of incident we may encounter on our flights, being knowledgeable and prepared in advance enables us to have self-confidence and efficiency in how we handle the situation.

There is specific threat level guidance in the eFAOM as it relates to harassment or sexual assault onboard an aircraft. The appropriate threat level should be used and the level is not dependent upon the victim’s desire to press charges against any accused assailant. Please ensure if you encounter a sexual assault event that you are reviewing and following the guidance provided to respond and advocate appropriately. The Pilots FOM and Flight Attendant eFAOM are aligned on this process; ensuring consistency when responding to these types of events. As always, it’s a good idea to know the process before one needs to apply it.

Liquid, Aerosol & Gel Restrictions from Port of Spain (Trinidad & Tobago)
MEC Safety, Health & Security Committee

Flight Attendants with scheduled layovers in Port of Spain (POS) should be aware of a recent change to Liquids, Aerosols, and Gels (LAGs) screening for flight crews departing Port of Spain.

Generally speaking, working crewmembers both domestically and internationally, are exempt from these TSA LGA restrictions. However, crewmembers flying to or from international locations may be subject to additional restrictions by the host government.  Until further notice, when departing Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago all crew members must adherer to the LAG restrictions (3-1-1) and will not receive exemptions from LAG screening.

Questions should be directed to your local Health, Safety & Security Committee.

Reminder - Satellite Base Transfer Bidding Closes December 6, 2019

As a reminder, bidding for the recently announced vacancies at the AUS, FLL, and TPA satellite bases is now open and will close on December 6, 2019.

Move-Up Line - Removing Name from Move-up List
MEC Reserve Committee

Reserve Move-Up Lines are built by the company from the first through the fifth day of the bid month (not the calendar month) to the extent adequate Reserve coverage can be maintained. Move-up lines will be constructed with either all domestic or all international pairings.

After the bidding window has closed, a Reserve can remove her/his name from the Move-Up List by 2359 on the last day of the active bid month, in CCS by going to General Settings > Move-Up Electing.

If all of the protected days specified by the Reserve cannot be accommodated, the Reserve will remain on the Move-Up List in Seniority order until all of the protected day(s) can be honored. A Reserve who indicated no protected day(s) off, or whose protected day(s) have been satisfied, must accept the awarded Move-Up Line.

For additional information review the most current edition of the Reserve Guide at Unitedafa.org.

10 Hours Rest Is Law: Implement Now  
MEC Government Affairs Committee

Our efforts to secure 10 hours minimum rest under the law was successful in October 2018—closing a safety, health, and equality loophole in aviation. But the DOT and FAA have not yet forced the airlines to comply with the law. 


In September, AFA testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on this. On Tuesday, November 15, we filed comments on why a rulemaking is not necessary for implementation. We were joined by the Teamsters in filing our comments on the federal register. Both the testimony and comments may be viewed here >

Union Made Thanksgiving

MEC Communications Committee

Thanksgiving is celebrated this Thursday, November 28, 2019. Whether you celebrate with a Turkey and all the trimmings, or a modern age Tofurky there is always a way to help support our sisters and brothers at other Unions.

As you begin (or finish) your holiday shopping, consider buying Union Made this Thanksgiving. When you chose to buy union, you’re supporting good jobs in American communities, jobs that provide living wages and benefits, safe working conditions and dignity and respect for work.

Visit Union-Made in America Thanksgiving  at AFLCIO.org to learn more about Union Strong brands to make your holiday perfect.

Unite Here Protest
MEC Communication Committee 

The Holiday Season should be a time of joy and celebration but for many of our Sisters and Brothers at Unite Here it is a time to stand in solidarity and fight for a livable wage and access to affordable health care. On November 26 catering workers, represented by Unite Here, gathered at airports across the nation to call on American Airlines to address poverty wages, and expensive healthcare.

Their work is essential to airline operations, yet one in four workers who provide food and drinks to American Airlines at its hubs and who work for subcontractors LSG Sky Chefs and Gate Gourmet earn less than $12 per hour, including many who have been in their jobs for over a decade.

A survey of 581 out of approximately 4,100 Sky Chefs workers serving American Airlines at the carrier’s hubs found that 30% of the workers were uninsured and 35% rely on government-subsidized healthcare for themselves or their kids. Meanwhile, American reported a 2018 annual profit of $1.9 billion.

From New York to Hawaii unionists stood together to make their voices heard. At AFA-CWA we believe in the Power of Solidarity. We stand with our Sisters and Brothers in their fight for a better life.


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