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E-Lines: April 12, 2019

Date: April 12, 2019

Welcome Class 1909!

MEC Communications Committee


On Friday, April 12, 2019 we welcomed the 71 graduating Members of class 1909 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their respective bases at EWR, IAD and SFO on April 19, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on April 21, 2019. Please join us in welcoming the newest Members of our Flight Attendant community.

Final Reminder - Spring 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council 

MEC Communications Committee

April 16 - 17, 2019, your Local Council Leaders will attend the Spring 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC). This meeting will be held in Chicago at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to you.

We encourage Members to view our democratic process in action. If you are in the Chicago area on April 16-17, 2019 plan to attend the MEC Spring Meeting. 

Additional information and the 
MEC Meeting agenda have been posted on our website at www.unitedafa.org.  

The Role of the Negotiating Committee
MEC Communications Committee

JCBA Section 32 provides for the ability to commence direct negotiations with management as early as August 28, 2020. One year prior to the JCBA amendable date of August 28, 2021.

The elected Negotiating Committee works hand-in-hand with our professional negotiators, attorneys and consultants throughout the entire process of negotiations preparations, training, surveying the membership and throughout the collective bargaining process with management.

The Negotiating Committee works collaboratively to negotiate with management in order to meet priorities of the Flight Attendants and compile those into what is called a Tentative Agreement. The Tentative Agreement is then presented to all the Local Council Presidents (The United Master Executive Council) to review and, if acceptable, to approve sending out the tentative agreement to the Membership for ratification. If the MEC approves the Tentative Agreement, it will be presented to the Membership. The Negotiating Committee, working with the Negotiations Support Chairperson, will prepare an educational campaign and conduct roadshows to answer Members’ questions on the provisions that have been negotiated.

The Tentative Agreement becomes a contract (Collective Bargaining Agreement) when the majority of voters approve and ratify the agreement.

The Negotiating Committee works at the direction of the United Master Executive Council in accordance with the priorities set by the AFA Members at United Airlines.

Some have suggested a concept that one person on a Negotiating Committee can inject in to a tentative agreement concepts or items that the majority of Members did not want. It is important to remember that it is the collective voiceof the Flight Attendants who determine if a Tentative Agreement passes or not. Keeping the focus on what Flight Attendants want and keeping Flight Attendants engaged in the process is the key to successful negotiations.

Often the Tentative Agreement is mistakenly considered a “first offer”. This could not be further from reality. Both management and the Negotiating Committee typically pass multiple proposals back and forth on each individual issue or topic in a contract before coming to an agreement on that topic. There is no “additional” or “alternate” agreement held back to be presented at a later time.  

Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Procedures
Source: AFA Employee Assistance Program / Professional Standards (EAP / PS) 

The Department of Transportation (DOT) federally mandated Drug and Alcohol Testing Program allows for unannounced and random testing for all Flight Attendants.  In addition to DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing Flight Attendants can also be subject to company drug testing. Therefore, Flight Attendants based in both domestic and international bases can be subject to Drug and alcohol testing depending on the type of test being administered. 

Note: (DOT) Drug testing is completed using a Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form (CCF). The words CCF will be printed at the top of the form provided to you by the collector. Company tests cannot be put on the CCF form. You are also entitled to ask the collector what type of test you are taking. 

The selection method randomly selects employee file numbers, which may result in as few as one crew member being selected for random testing from a given flight to the possibility of several. This provides an unbiased, equal chance of any Flight Attendant being tested each time selections are made. 

Random alcohol testing may be conducted at any point during a pairing for all Flight Attendants. Additionally, procedures allow random drug testing at a Flight Attendant’s home domicile and prior to layover at any U.S. location. For Flight Attendants based at international locations, this testing may occur prior to your layover at any U.S. location.   Additionally, the DOT regulations allow for randomly selected testing for alcohol and drugs during the same test event.   

If you are selected for random alcohol and/or drug testing, a representative will provided written notification to you upon flight arrival. The notification will include the type of test to be administered, the location to report for collection, as well as consequences for refusal or failure to immediately report or comply with testing procedures.   In addition to random testing procedures, Flight Attendants, under the direction of the DOT, are also subject to testing in the following instances: 

  • Pre-Employment
  • Post-Accident
  • Reasonable Cause
  • Return-to-Duty
  • Follow-Up

For additional information and details concerning Drug and Alcohol Testing visit the EAP/ Professional Standards page on unitedafa.org or the FADAP.org website where you will find several documents containing information on DOT Drug and Alcohol testing.

Note: Although there is no limitation as to the number of times Flight Attendants can be tested there is also no limitation on the number of times our JCBA contractual provision in Section 4.F., 
Drug and Alcohol Testing Pay will be paid. 

Professional Courtesy – Let’s Make Their Day!
MEC Employee Assistance Program/ Professional Standards Committee 

In recent months, there has been an increase in the number of Flight Attendants contacting AFA Professional Standards to seek assistance in addressing how inbound crews are leaving aircraft galleys for outbound crews at non-hub stations, in other words, through galleys.

We’re all clear that company policy requires the inbound crew to restock beverage carts prior to arrival into non-hub locations.  Galley supplies are to be returned to their proper storage/provisioning location because it ensures that those who take the aircraft after us can find what they need to take care of the passengers they will carry to the next destination of the aircraft.  As a matter of professional courtesy, these practices provide a more consistent work environment for all of us.   Making this commitment demonstrates the respect we have for our fellow Flying Partners. It’s a simple matter of treating each other and our workspace in a way the we’d like to be treated ourselves. 

We’re not here to promote company policy.  However, we must acknowledge that policies out into place by management become an expectation of those who follow us.  It is about being aware and recognizing that our actions or inaction affects our colleagues. Professional courtesy both on and off the aircraft goes a long way and can have a major impact on the flight experience of the crew that follows us.  Through these simple acts of consideration, we can essentially “make their day.”

We commend Flight Attendants utilizing AFA EAP/Professional Standards rather than going to management. The Professional Standards component of AFA EAP exists to assist Flight Attendants in any area that affects professional conduct. It is important for everyone to take responsibility for creating a cooperative, respectful and tolerant work environment for everyone.

Electronic Bulletin Board (EBB)
MEC Communication Committee

The company continues to work to update and improve the functionality of CCS. The Company updated Electronic Bulletin Board releasing the Enhanced EBB. To review the changes made in the EBB update visit One United Enhanced EBB

While both versions of the EBB are still active on CCS the Company will sunset the current Electronic Bulletin Board (EBB) on April 15th, 2019 2359 CST. At that time they will transition completely to the Enhanced EBB system. Once the original EBB has been removed the Enhanced EBB will take its place and the “enhanced” reference will be removed. The EBB will continue to have additional updates to further improve the system.

As with all the changes Flight Attendants have experience in the last year, taking the time to familiarize yourself with the changes to the Enhanced EBB system will help in a smooth transition.

For questions or assistance please reach out to your Local Council. 

Personal Credit Card is Not Required to Check into Layover Hotel Rooms

Section 5.B.4 establishes that Flight Attendants are not required to provide their personal credit card at check-in to their layover hotel rooms for room access or for in-room telephone activation. 

At the same time, Section 5.B.4 provides that Flight Attendants shall check in and out of their hotel rooms. At time of checking out, each Flight Attendant shall pay for any incidental expenses incurred, such as personal telephone calls, room service, etc. 

Note: Flight Attendants shall have the ability to access hotel services with cash payment. If the Flight Attendant elects to have sign-in privileges to cover incidentals the hotel may then require a personal credit card imprint. 

Please contact your Local Council Hotel & Transportation Committee to address any questions that you may have.

Flight Attendants Cheer the Cabin Air Safety Act to Stop Toxic Fumes in the Cabin

The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) praised Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), along with Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Edward J. Markey (D-MA), who introduced the Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019 to protect airline passengers and crew from the harmful effects of toxic cabin air.

AFA’s efforts to improve the cabin environment span the last three decades, from advocating for smoke-free skies to stopping poisonous pesticide spraying to addressing the dangers of contaminated bleed air. We advocate that the airline industry either end the use of engine bleed air for cabin air supply like on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or mitigate the circulation of contaminated air. In 2015, AFA was an active member of the ICAO task group that published Circular 344, which advises airlines to enhance their operational procedures to minimize onboard exposure to smoke and fumes.This led to an FAA Safety Alert published in 2018.

Details concerning this very important issue and The Cabin Air Safety Act bills in the House and Senate are H.R. 2208 and S.1112. Read More ->

Huge Turnout in Chicago for AFA Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants  

Thank you to everyone who came out to ORD yesterday to support AFA Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants! Almost 100 people demonstrated to pressure Air Wisconsin management and United Airlines to negotiate a fair contract. Air Wisconsin Flight Attendants were joined by Flight Attendants from United, Frontier, Spirit, Envoy, AFA International Officers, UNITE HERE!, CWA 4900, ALPA, AFGE, DSA Fox Valley, NABET, UAW, Chicago Federation of Labor, Chicago Airport Police, and even passengers.

Look out for information for the next picketing event at Dulles (IAD) in May. Contract Now!

Reminders and Quick Links

April 12               New Hire Class 1909 Graduated from Inflight Training
April 16 – 17       Regular Spring Meeting of the United MEC
April 18               New Hire Class 1910 Graduates from Inflight Training
April  25              New Hire Class 1911 Graduates from Inflight Training
April 30               Deadline -
CWA Joe Beirne Foundation Scholarship


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