E-Lines: December 11, 2019
December 10, 2019
Position Bidding Enhancement on Monthly Line Bid Screen
Effective with the February 2020 bid month, there will be an additional option on the Monthly Line Bid screen in CCS in the drop-down menu when position bidding.
Through this new enhancement, instead of selecting each Non-Purser/Non-Language bid position (FA01-FA06) that could exist in any given line of flying, Flight Attendants will have an easier way to select all Non-Purser/Non-Language bid positions with a single entry on the primary bidding screen in CCS.. When the bidding window for February opens at 0800 HDT on January 12, 2019, this Non-Purser/Non-Language position will be available for bid.
There will be no change to a Flight Attendant’s ability to bid a Line of Flying without specifying a specific position by selecting “ANY”, indicating the her/his choice of whichever position is available based on seniority/qualification during the bid process.
Flight Attendants will also have the option to bid any Non-Purser/Non-Language position by bidding “ANY FA”. The “ANY FA” bid position will indicate the Flight Attendant is bidding for any available position EXCEPT for Purser and Language
More details and illustrations are found on the One United page of the company’s website.
Layover Safety and the Importance of Situational Awareness
MEC Safety, Health & Security Committee
Last Friday’s Layover Safety article focused on important safety tips as it pertains to actions we should take when checking into our layover hotels. Equally as important are the actions we should take to keep ourselves safe when we are out and about in our various layover cities.
Recent geopolitical events have several of the cities to which we travel around the world experiencing differing levels of political demonstrations, equal rights marches, protests, etc. At any time, public demonstrations have the potential to become violent. It is for this reason that we generally recommend that Flight Attendants avoid the areas where these protests are occurring. Even when doing so, events can occur when not anticipated. For this reason, the importance of remaining vigilant and situationally aware cannot be overstated.
The following are a number of reminders
- Always comply with local customs and laws.
- When leaving the hotel for food, exercise, shopping or entertainment, try to avoid traveling alone. Use the buddy system when traveling, walking or jogging, particularly in unfamiliar areas and at night.
- Tell someone where you are going and what time you plan to return.
- When that is not possible, leave the information on a notepad in your hotel room and carry identification in your pocket or purse. [An example might be: I am a United Flight Attendant on a layover. My name and file number are John Doe, #0123456. Please contact United Airlines if I am injured and cannot do this for myself. Call toll free: 1-800-FLTLINE then 0. Thank You.]
- Place the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door and turn on the TV or radio to a minimal volume that can be heard from outside your door when not in the room.
- Take your mobile phone with you.
- Ask the hotel staff for areas that are safe to visit and ones to avoid.
- Stick to well-lit, well-traveled streets. Avoid shortcuts through wooded areas, parking lots and alleys.
- Never draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.
- Another good practice is to check the country’s travel.state.gov website for information about your destination and any particular warnings (demonstrations, ATM thefts, etc.).
Enjoy your layover, but always stay alert and tuned into your surroundings
The following are examples of recent travel advisories in Hong Kong & France:
Trips Picked Up Out of Base – Not Eligible for Mutual Trip Trading
Flight Attendants may trade their days off for an Out of Base pairing less than fourteen hours prior to departure, subject to special qualification parameters outlined Section 7.J.
Once a Flight Attendant has picked up an Out of Base pairing, however, the pairing can no longer be traded for another pairing. Our Out of Base Trade provision is specific to open time and advertised pick-ups, and trip trading is not permitted. Therefore, mutual trades between Flight Attendants located in different bases are not provided for under the provisions of Section 7.J. - Out of Base Trades in our Contract.
Please review Section 7.J. of our Contract.
Quick Turns- Safety First
Last Friday, we received a company email from management entitled Quick Turn MythBusters, which addressed common concerns that Quick Turns are not safe. Our Senior VP of Inflight Services in the video stated “You should never be asked to turn a flight at the expense of safety….and that means never.” He added that “our SOP’s have been extensively tested in the operation…”, and, that United will continue to refine them, based on our feedback. He emphasized the importance of knowing and following SOP’s.
As Safety Professionals, Flight Attendants are well versed in the importance of following SOP’s. Oftentimes however, we find our efforts to follow SOPs undermined by on-time Corporate initiatives. We are bombarded daily with the new “hurry up” mentality and have seen an increase in flights being declared quick turns. We agree with our Senior VP of Inflight Services, we must resist any and all efforts to compromise safety for the sake of a “quick turn”.
When there are circumstances where safety is, or has the potential to be compromised, or, if you find that due to Quick Turn pressures you are unable to follow safety policies and SOPs as written, Flight Attendants should not hesitate to file an AFA Safety Report or an ISAP report. ISAP is a voluntary, non-punitive safety reporting program which allows Flight Attendants an opportunity to identify and report safety concerns, and also, self-disclose inadvertent FAR or company violations.
System Scheduling Reports
MEC Central Schedule Committee
The most recent (DSL) Review Report from Central Schedule Committee to the United Master Executive Council detailing their activities in the development of the January schedule has been published on unitedafa.org to help increase your understanding of the scheduling process.
2020 Pass Travel Enrollment Closes December 30, 2019 at 7 pm (CT)
Beginning December 4, 2019 Flight Attendants have had the opportunity to make selections for their 2020 pass travel elections. The selection window closed on December 30, 2019 at 7 pm (CT).
New Leader Training
Last week, the Officers of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) conducted LEC 101 training for the newly elected Union leaders. In attendance were participants from Local Councils around the system including EWR/MCO, LAX/SAN, HNL, DCA, BOS, FRA and LHR. The LEC Officers along with Grievance, EAP and Safety Committee Members of the MEC reviewed the resources available to the newly elected officers to tackle the challenges of their new positions and to represent the Membership effectively. We congratulate our newest leaders who stepped forward to do this important work.
MEC Hotel and Transportation Committee Conducts Training in Chicago
MEC Hotel & Transportation Committee
The United Master Executive Council (MEC) Hotel and Transportation Committee concluded their annual two (2) day training in Chicago last week. In attendance were participants from Local Councils around the system. The Hotel and Transportation representatives reviewed Contractual requirements and were provided additional resources and tools to help manage issues at the Local level. All participants successfully completed the United MEC Hotel and Transportation Training and are eagerly looking forward to assisting with Hotel and Transportation issues at their Local Councils. We congratulate our colleagues who stepped forward and successfully completed the training necessary for this very important work.
Apply for AFA-CWA Union Scholarships Today!
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