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E-Lines: May 24, 2019

Date: May 24, 2019

Final Opportunity 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 cantake the AFA Census here >


Satellite Base Information

United Inflight management announced the transfer pages to the three Satellite bases at Orlando, FL, Phoenix, AZ and San Diego, CA are now available. The Satellite bases have been scheduled to open for the September 2019 Flight Attendant Schedule month.

 Key Dates:


·      Initial transfer period to submit transfers for the satellite vacancies is now open in CCS (May 22


·      The initial bid period will close on Monday, June 24 at 0800 CST


·      Once awarded, Flight Attendants will have 7 days to accept/decline their transfer.


·      After this initial award, subsequent transfers will be handled in the same manner as other locations.


·      The transfer request screens will reopen after the June 24 award to the satellite locations.


Each Satellite base will be considered a sub-base of another geographic base as follows:


Satellite Base

Sub Base of












Transfer Inhibits


By mutual agreement, AFA and Inflight management have agreed to waive the transfer inhibits provided for in Sections 17.A.2 & 3 of our JCBA in order to ensure everyone has an opportunity to submit a transfer for these vacancies.


In the coming weeks there will be a great deal of information that will be published. If you are considering a transfer to one of these newly established Satellite bases, we strongly encourage you to stay informed.


Update FAQ:


Q:  I recently transferred within the last 6 months and I have submitted a transfer to one of the Satellite bases. I notice that my ranking appears at the bottom of the ranking of other Flight Attendants rather than in seniority order. Is there a reason for this?

A:  Flight Attendants who have recently transferred or declined a transfer are, under the terms of the Contract, inhibited from submitting a transfer for a period of six (6) or three (3) months, respectively.  The Company and AFA have mutually agreed to waive the transfer inhibits to allow everyone to submit a transfer to one of these new Satellite bases. Flight Attendants who are subject to a transfer inhibit will retain the inhibit until its scheduled expiration date in the event that transfers are awarded to other locations prior to June 24th.

Q:  How will the process work when transfers to the satellite bases are awarded?

A:  For the award of transfers to MCO, SAN & PHX, transfer inhibits will not be applied. On the day transfers are awarded to the Satellite bases, the transfer inhibits will be removed and all transfers will be ranked in system seniority order prior to the award.

Q:  How will I know where I fall in the ranking of those who have submitted a transfer in order to get some idea if I might be awarded a transfer?

A:  Because the transfer list ranking to these Satellite bases does not include those with transfer inhibits and because we understand that it is important for you to have some idea where you fall in the ranking, as an exception to the normal transfer process we will manually prepare and publish a correct ranking on Flying Together.  This list will be updated and published every Tuesday and Friday until the June 24th award date.

Additional information including the Satellite Moving and Transfer Package and the
Satellite Base FAQ  are available on the Satellite Base Information Page on Unitedafa.org

737 MAX 9 Aircraft Out of Service through July 2019

As we all know, since the grounding of the 737 MAX 9 fleet, the company has been altering aircraft schedules to adjust for the removal of this aircraft from service. We’ve felt the impact of these changes in our monthly schedules, some of us more than others.

No one knows exactly when the FAA review will be complete. As a result, the company has announced they will pull MAX flights out of our schedule through early August and will make schedule adjustments based on developments with this fleet of aircraft. By excluding this aircraft from the schedule development process, we expect this will reduce the impact on Flight Attendant schedules and reassignments.

July 2019 One Month Special COLA

Following the announcement that the 737 MAX 9 aircraft will not appear in the July schedule, Inflight Scheduling has announced there will be an opportunity to award a one-month Special COLA for July 2019. Bidding for the Special COLA is open as of today.

Bids open

Friday, May 24, 2019

Bids close

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 8:00 AM Central Time

Awards Posted

Before June 12, 2019


Those awarded the Special COLA will be eligible to maintain their health and welfare benefits at active employee contribution rates for the duration of the COLA.

Flight Attendants with pairings that overlap from June into July will be expected to complete the last trip in the June schedule.

For additional information, please refer to the July 2019 One-Month Special COLA Program Information

Welcome New Hire Classes 1917 and 1918
MEC Communications Committee

On Thursday, May 23, 2019 we welcomed the 49 graduating Members of class 1917 and 56 graduating Members of class 1917 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their respective bases at EWR, IAD and SFO on May 31, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on June 2, 2019. Please join us in welcoming the newest Members of our Flight Attendant community.


Rapid Re-accrual of Sick Leave    

Flight Attendants returning from a single injury, illness
or maternity absence are reminded, as provided in Section 13.A.5. of the JCBA, if you have used more
than 255 hours of sick leave you are eligible to begin
the rapid re-accrual process. A Flight Attendant
seeking rapid re-accrual must contact her/his
supervisor who will submit the request to Crew Pay for validation and set up in a timely manner following their return to flight duty.

Note: Flight Attendants can check their sick and occupational bank hours in CCS under the Pay Tab > Pay register. Scroll to the bottom of the Register and click on Sick Pay >

When eligible for rapid re-accrual of sick leave, Flight Attendants will accrue at the rate of seven (7) hours each month until the Flight Attendant reaches the same level of sick leave they had at the onset of the injury, illness or maternity absence. However, to earn the full higher accrual rates, a Flight Attendant must satisfy the paid activity requirements for each of the quarters where she/he is eligible for rapid re-accrual.

As a clarification, Rapid Re-accrual applies to sick leave bank hours, not occupational hours.

Additional information, including examples of accruals, can be found in the Sick Leave Guide and in our JCBA, Section 13.A.

Contractual Hotel Rooms During Sit Time and Irregular Operations Over 4Hrs
JCBA Sections 5.B.1.a 7 b.

Unpredictable weather during the Spring and Summer months may create circumstances where shorter
periods of sit time are extended due to delays.

Section 5.B.1.a. & b. of our JCBA provides Flight Attendants with rest facility protections during planned
or unplanned periods of extended sit time of four (4) hours or more. To be clear, Flight Attendants must be given a hotel when they are scheduled at a layover station if excess of four (4) hours. However, the Company is also contractually required to provide hotel rooms for the crew if there is a delay for four (4) hours or more from the time the delay is known.

For Flight Attendants a common point of confusion on this issue is when a rolling delay occurs. A rolling delay is unpredictable in its duration and, while the final actual sit time may end up exceeding four (4) hours, because the extent of the delay was not known at the point the initial delay was first posted, this may result in the Flight Attendants being being eligible for a hotel room.

Additional information can be found in recent E-Lines publication, dated March 26, 2019 and in Section 5.B. of our JCBA. Questions can be directed to your Local Council for more information. 

Central Schedule Committee (CSC) Training Concludes this week in Chicago
MEC Central Schedule Committee

This week the United MEC Central Scheduling
Committee (CSC) conducted their annual training in Chicago. Flight Attendant volunteers from DEN, IAH, GUM, SFO, LAX and ORD met in the AFA office and spent two days learning about
line construction and the role of CSC. Volunteers
got hands on experience submitting recommendations for schedules and working with
the various tools that have been developed to
assist in this process.

We are grateful for our engaged volunteers who have made the time to contribute to their Union and work life of their flying partners.             

FDA Requires Stronger Warnings for Certain Sleep Medications
MEC EAP/Professional Standards Committee

At the end of April 2019 the FDA released stronger warnings for certain sleep medications. We encourage Flight Attendants to review the recent changes and warnings associated with prescription sleep aids.

If you have questions or concerns please contact your Local  EAP Representative for confidential support.

Line Holder Transition to Reserve Status

With the recent line award there were many lineholder Flight Attendants that have been awarded a Reserve line for the month of June. The end of month process transitioning from a lineholder to a reserve is its own unique process and has left many Flight Attendants asking for clarification.  Flight Attendants are encouraged to review with the  One United publication on Flying Together…

“At the time a Reserve Flight Attendant becomes a Lineholder she/he will remain on Reserve status until released by Scheduling. This will occur at the end of the last pairing assignment of the bid month in which she/he is a Reserve Flight Attendant or on the last day of the month, whichever is later. No days off are restored as a result of carry-over trips unless the resulting loss reduces the Flight Attendant's days off below the applicable minimum. In cases where a Lineholder is returning to Reserve duty all conflicting days off will be restored so that the published amount of days off remains.”

The key details to note are that a lineholder completes their scheduled trips prior to beginning their Reserve schedule. A linheholder retains her/his status as a lineholder until she/he completes her/his lineholder legal rest period.

For additional information about End of Month Transitions please reference the Reserve guide at unitedafa.org or contact your Local Reserve Committee.

Act Now ! -> Sign the Petition: Our Rest is Law, Implement Now!
MEC Government Affairs Committee 

Thanks to the advocacy of thousands of Flight Attendants and our focused #FightFor10, we achieved 10 hours minimum rest in the FAA Reauthorization Act
of 2018 which was signed into law on October 5, 2018. Unfortunately, we have learned through multiple conversations with industry and regulators, Delta Air Lines has pushed the Department of Transportation and the FAA to slow down implementation, and now all airlines are saying they will wait for instruction from FAA before complying with the law.
Sign this petition to demand DOT and FAA to immediately implement the law, and to encourage members of Congress to hold them accountable >

This is about our safety, health, equality, and following the law.

Avianca Partnership

Today, United Airlines announced the possibility of offering Avianca a loan of up to $150 million, assuming certain commitments are made by other Avianca stakeholders. United is taking this action “to strengthen our partnership with Avianca and give Avianca’s management team and employees the very best opportunity to succeed.” 

Avianca’s success as a partner matters to us, our company and customers because they are part of a proposed joint business agreement that includes Copa, Avianca and United ultimately providing United with connecting traffic to support our flights to/from the United States. 

Having Avianca as a reliable partner is essential to ensure any agreement will work for all parties involved.  All related business transactions must be consistent with our JCBA.

We will continue to monitor the related business transactions for compliance with all provisions of the Flight Attendant Collective Bargaining Agreement.   

Memorial Day – We Honor All Who Served 

Each Memorial Day we pause to celebrate the lives of the Men and Women who have served in the Armed Forces. The freedom we enjoy today exists because of the sacrifice of these dedicated men and women.

We can never repay their sacrifice, nor can we repay the families who lost loved ones in the act of service. We can however vow to always remember them, to be grateful for their service and to honor their memory. We can follow their examples of strength and unity and work to ensure that we continue to build on the legacy they have entrusted to us.

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” Benjamin Disraeli

On behalf of the United Master Executive Council, we honor those who served to secure our freedom and express our appreciation to the families .   May we spend this Memorial Day weekend rejoicing in our nation’s freedoms and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

Reminders and Quick Links

May 22     Satellite Base Transfers Open in CCS

May 24     July 2019 One-Month Special COLA Bid Opens
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 5      July 2019 One-Month Special COLA Bids Close

June 6      Link Safeware Insurance Opt-IN Deadline

June 12    July 2019 One-Month Special COLA Awards “Posted by”

June 24    Satellite Base Transfer Close





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