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E-Lines: June 19, 2019

Date: June 18, 2019

Irregularities Impacting Call Wait Times – A Review of Self-Help Procedures

This past weekend, severe weather impacted operations across the system. As a result, there were some of us who were faced with very long call wait times or instances of being unable to reach the Hotel Desk for assistance. It was reported to Local Council Offices that some Flight Attendants were unsure of the procedures they should follow during these irregular operations or how to utilize contractual self-help for hotel and transportation issues during these irregular operations as provided for under the terms of our JCBA. 

Self-help is not only permissible under the terms of the contract, during these types of wide-spread irregular operations, it is strongly encouraged. Self-help is a contractual provision that, when utilized, ensures Flight Attendants receive adequate rest and are available to fly when the operation resumes.

Flight Attendants unfamiliar with the process of how to secure a hotel room when unable to reach the Crew Desk or Hotel Desk review the following publicationin an effort to familiarize themselves with self-help procedures. 

Additional information is available on our website, 
unitedafa.org.Questions can be directed to your Local Council Representatives.   

Personal Time Off (PTO) – Seniority Awards from an Allocation
JCBA – Section 7.AA.

Personal Time Off (PTO) among the contractually negotiated schedule flexibility options provided for in our JCBA. Unlike a Personal Drop (PD), there are specific PTO allocations at each base that are awarded on a seniority basis with half of the allocation awarded at fifteen (15) days prior to the request date or and the remaining allocation five (5) days prior to the requested date. Remaining allocations can be used up until 0001 of the requested day subject to the needs of service. Because there are limited allocations which are guaranteed to be awarded based on seniority, once awarded, PTO cannot be rescinded or removed from the Flight Attendant’s schedule.  

For additional information, see your Local Council Representatives.

Absence Certificate Required July 1 - July 7, 2019

Flight Attendants who place themselves on sick leave
during the period starting July 1, 2019 – July 7, 2019 will be required under the terms of our JCBA to supply United Medical with an 
Absence Certificate (Section 13.C.4.). 

Flight Attendants using approved FMLA during these specified holiday dates are also required to provide the Absence Certificate for any sick leave used during this same period.   There is an exception for those Flight Attendants who have had 
no absences during the prior twelve (12) calendar months who are not subject to the Absence Certificate requirement that applies during the designated holiday period.

Detailed information is available at unitedafa.org or by referencing Section 13.C.4 of our JCBA. See your Local Council Representatives for any additional clarification. 

Contractual Holiday Pay – HKG & U. S. Domiciles for July, 2019

JCBA Sections 2.Q and 4.I

Our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) requires that Flight Attendants receive additional pay for flight assignments flown on designated holidays as outlined in Section 2.Q. 

As designated on the following chart, July 1stand July 4th are paid holidays for Flight Attendants in HKG and all U.S. domiciles, effective with the July bid month. 

July Paid Holiday



Handover Day

July 1, 2019

Hong Kong

Independence Day

July 4, 2019

United States


As set forth in Section 4.I. of our JCBA, Holiday Pay is calculated using a formula that takes into account the number of credited hours flown during the holiday pairing and the time away from home during the pairing. A Flight Attendant’s hours away from home begins at the pairing check-in time and ends at the conclusion of the scheduled debriefing time upon return to the home domicile. Premium pay is not included when determining holiday pay. 

Additional information concerning holiday pay and the specific details of when the holiday pay associated with a scheduled pairing is affected by one of the following instances can be found on unitedafa.org:

Trip Cancels with no Reassignment
En route (Mid-sequence) Sick Leave
Deadhead Deviation 
Drafting from ID with Time on a Holiday 

Additional questions or concerns can be directed to your Local Council Representatives.

Satellite Base Transfer Request Deadline, Monday, June 24, 0800 (CST) 


Satellite bases at MCO, PHX and SAN are slated to open for the September 2019 Flight Attendant Schedule month.  If you are interested in submitting a transfer request to one of these new Satellite bases, keep in mind the initial round of transfers will be awarded on Monday, June 24, 2019.  Transfer requests may be submitted until 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











For additional information see your Local Council Representatives

Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019 - HR2208 and S1112 

MEC Government Affairs Committee

Along with our Government Affairs Committees, we collectively
celebrate our success this year when the FAA Reauthorization Bill was successfully passed. Working with our Government Affairs Committees at the Local, MEC and International levels of our Union, we all continue to consider other initiatives to improve the safety of our industry and, where possible, look to legislate safety initiatives in our ongoing effort to reduce the need to negotiate these improvements.

The Cabin Air Safety Act 2019 calls on the FAA to take major steps in protecting Flight Attendants and passengers from the effects of toxic fumes in the aircraft cabin. This Act was introduced by our longtime supporters Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), as well as Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Edward J. Markey (D-MA). This is a major step in protecting airline crew and passengers from the harmful effects of toxic cabin air. 

Provisions of the bill mandate training for first responders and airline workers. As a companion to the training, the bill requires the development of a standardized form that will help to streamline reports of smoke or fumes on-board an aircraft operated by a commercial air carrier. It also includes a requirement for installation of Air Monitoring Equipment (carbon monoxide detectors). 

The Cabin Air Safety Act of 2019 provides meaningful steps forward keeping oil fumes out of the cabin air supply.  It’s legislation that just make sense for airline crew and aircraft cabin occupants. For more information, visit afa-cwa.org  or contact your local Government Affairs Committee.

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