E-Lines: May 17, 2019
May 17, 2019
Illicit Trip Brokering Update
In March of this year, your MEC Officers wrote to you to review the issues related to the illicit brokering of trips and brought to your attention a letter authored by Sr Vice President – Labor, Doug McKeen.
Many of you have contacted our office asking for a status update on this issue. Many of us have lost our patience with the pace of the ongoing investigation and wish this could be concluded quickly.
We are aware that this is an ongoing company investigation involving the company’s IT, Legal and Labor Relations Departments. The outcome of this investigation will impact all of us and, for this reason, we must all understand the investigation must be completed accurately. Therefore, our continued patience is required.
We will provide you will additional updates as information becomes available for public consumption.
ALS Month: Support Wings Over Wall Street
AFA Members, Toni Diamond and Warren Schiffer, became founders of the extraordinary benefit, "Wings Over Wall Street" when Toni was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. This year's event is Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in New York City.
They turned their greatest challenge into inspiring work to fight ALS through research funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). In 2004, we lost Toni, our flying partner, but her care-giver husband, Warren, continues to work in her memory.
"Wings" brings together the spirit of our work in the skies, the financial contributions of Wall Street and an event that has celebrity appeal to become a multi-million dollar benefit. While Wings has accomplished a great deal by raising millions, none of this would have been possible without the support of Union Members and the generosity of the business community.
Visit MDA's Wings Over Wall Street for more info about the program or support the MDA through Wings Over Wall Street by donating here.
Welcome New Hire Classes 1915 and 1916
MEC Communications Committee
On Thursday, May 16, 2019 we welcomed the 48 graduating Members of class 1915 and 54 graduating Members of class 1916 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their respective bases at CLE, EWR, IAD and SFO on May 24, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on May 26, 2019. Please join us in welcoming the newest Members of our Flight Attendant community.
How are FARs and SOPs related?
MEC Safety, Health & Security Committee
We’ve received a number of questions from Flight Attendants seeking to understand the difference between a Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) and a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). In reviewing these questions, we are learning there may be a misperception that SOPs are, in some way, less of a priority or “weighted less” in terms of compliance requirements than FARs. Nothing could be further from the truth. In point of fact, whether a FAR or SOP, it must be complied with because safety is non-negotiable.
Did you know? The entire contents of the electronic Flight Attendant Operations Manual (eFAOM) is prepared in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations and most safety policies are designed and written with operational safety and compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations in mind. The entire eFAOM is accepted by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Flight Attendants are expected to follow all safety procedures as outlined in the eFAOM.
In the event you have a question about any SOP or FAR, you are always advised to follow the direction in your eFAOM. Should a question arise, we recommend that you contact your Local Safety Committee to seek additional background on your concerns. Your Local Council has access to the additional resources at the MEC level of our Union to obtain the desired clarity or to work to seek a revision to any policy which leads to a compromise of safety.
Safety, it’s not negotiable. It is our highest priority.
Ready Reserve Preferences
MEC Reserve Committee
"Last week, as was communicated via CCS, any Ready Reserve preferences that were entered ON or BEFORE April 24, 2019 will no longer be valid when Ready Reserve co-terminal preferencing is implemented on May 21, 2019. If you still have an interest in maintaining a Ready Reserve Preference, you must delete any existing preferences and reenter your May 2019 preferences at any time prior to 2300 CT on May 21, 2019, even if your preferences are currently displayed. You can do this by entering “No Preference”, then “Save”, then reenter your Preference, then “Save” again.
If you fail to reenter your preferences, on May 22, 2019 the system will default to “NO PREFERENCE” for the remainder of the May bid month."
Flight Attendant Union Reaches Contract Terms with American Regional PSA Airlines
PSA Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), and PSA Airlines today agreed to terms on a collective bargaining agreement for over 1,300 Flight Attendants.
Details of the tentative agreement will not be made public until next week after they are released to the Flight Attendants. We congratulate our colleagues at PSA on their accomplishment.
Frontier Flight Attendants Ratify New Contract
The Flight Attendants at Frontier Airlines, represented by the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA), this past week ratified a new five-year contract covering over 2,200 Flight Attendants, with 94 percent voting to ratify the agreement. The agreement was reached on March 19, 2019, with assistance from the National Mediation Board. Frontier flight attendants will immediately receive an average 24% wage increase.
“Frontier Flight Attendants fought hard for this contract and overwhelmingly voted to ratify it,” said Jennifer Sala, AFA Frontier President. “This contract provides immediate economic gains and locks in important work rules and protections for Flight Attendants. This shows the power of our Flight Attendant group when we stand together and fight for the contract we deserve.”
We congratulate our colleagues at Frontier for their success!
Human Trafficking and the Busy Summer Travel Season – Remain Vigilant!
MEC Safety, Health & Security Committee
Each year commercial airline travel is used by human traffickers for the purpose of transporting millions of adults and children into modern-day slavery. Flight Attendants are on the front lines to aid in combating this illegal and heinous act.
With the heightened summer travel season and the events frequented by traffickers, it is more important than ever that we remain vigilant while working both domestic and international flights in order to identify and report suspected cases of Human Trafficking.
Read the full article here including resources available to Flight Attendants to help end Human Trafficking.
Drawing Strength from our United Flight Attendant DNA
MEC Communications Committee
Our group of more than 25,000 Flight Attendants at United is a melting pot of individuals from every walk of life with varied backgrounds, skill sets and characteristics. We come from different countries, with diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. All of us come from “somewhere” and whether or not we are an “original” employee of any the airlines that now make up United Airlines, we are the product of the proud lineage of airlines, today combined, have brought us to be who we are today.
As we work to navigate our journey as Flight Attendants of today all of whom bring our unique characteristics to the work we do, we prepared for our future with the full knowledge that our greatest strength comes from our vast diversity.
Differences of opinion and various ideas are inevitable given the more than 25,000 unique Flight Attendants at our airline. The better we become at respecting and tolerating our differences, our opportunity to discover our commonality increases exponentially. We become Union Stronger when choose to focus on that which unites us because the greater good requires it. Choosing to be open-minded, inclusive and kind are behaviors that are uniquely characteristic of our “Flight Attendant DNA” that reinforce our unity which is particularly important as we move toward another round of Contract negotiations.
Let there be no confusion, what we achieve at the bargaining table requires us to realize how much stronger and better we are together.
As individual Flight Attendants who are part of a greater Union of Flight Attendants, our goal should be to purposely strive to focus on those areas where we have common ground. Accomplishing this directly impacts our bargaining power in negotiations with management.
May 31- Deadline to Take the AFA Census
Flight Attendants at all AFA carriers have until May 31, 2019 to take the AFA Census.
The AFA 2019 Census is a project that has been designed to better understand the demographic make-up of our union, including your aspirations, needs, and preferences. We also want to know in what areas of your community you may already be engaged in making a difference for you, your family, and the place where you live. All of this will help us build power together so we can continue to advance our Flight Attendant careers.
The questions on the census should take you no more than 15 minutes to complete. Please look for an email from "Sara Nelson via UNH" with the subject line "AFA Census – Response Requested." If you haven't received an email or a phone call, you can take the AFA Census here >
Central Schedule Committee Report
MEC Central Scheduling Committee
Central Schedule Committee’s most recent report detailing their activities in the development of the May schedule have been published on www.unitedafa.org. We encourage you to take some time to review these reports to get a better understanding of how system schedules are developed.
Flight Attendants Cautioned About Reliability of Third-Party Apps
IMPORTANT: Flight Attendants are strongly encouraged to directly access CCS using a web browser when checking their Master Schedule and/or when Reserves are ascertaining their next-day assignment after 1930 HDT.
Flight Attendants continue to report issues with the functionality of some third-party apps. The more specific complaint is that the third-party apps are not interfacing correctly with the company’s internal systems and may not accurately reflect your assignments.
In particular, Flight Attendants on Reserve status are reminded that they are exclusively responsible for confirming and acknowledging their next day assignment. If the app malfunctions or you are provided inaccurate information from the app, and it results in any missed trip, it is your responsibility.
Additionally, in September of 2018, United announced that Mobile CCS would eventually take the place of all third-party apps and bid services and encouraged Flight Attendants to begin to transition to United’s Mobile CCS platform.
For additional information contact your Local Council Representatives
U.S. Department of Transportation Grants Four Daily Flights to Tokyo Haneda
MEC Government Affairs Committee
Earlier this year United filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) seeking slots to inaugurate service to Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) from six hub locations: EWR, IAD, IAH, ORD, LAX and GUM.
On Thursday, May 16, 2019 it was announced that United has been tentatively granted four daily non-stop flights to Tokyo, Haneda (HND). The slots have been allocated for flights from EWR, ORD, IAD and LAX. Service is expected to begin by the summer of 2020, after the completion of an aviation agreement between the United States and the Japanese government has been completed.
Reminders and Quick Links
May 17 New Hire Class 1915 and 1916 Graduate from Inflight Training
May 24 New Hire Class 1917 and 1918 Graduate from Inflight Training
May 27 Memorial Day
May 31 New Hire Class 1919 and 1920 Graduates from Inflight Training
June 6 Link Safeware Insurance Opt-IN Deadline