E-Lines: July 19, 2019
July 19, 2019
Welcome New Hire Class 1923!
MEC Communications Committee
On Thursday, July 17, 2019, AFA welcomed the 46 graduating Members of class 1923 to the line. Our newest flying partners will be reporting to their respective bases at ORD, EWR, SFO and IAD on July 25, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on July 27, 2019. Please join us in welcoming the newest Members of our Flight Attendant community.
Honoring 232: A Call to Ensure a Safe Seat for Passengers at Every Age
On the 30th remembrance of the United Flight 232 Sioux City crash that killed 111 people including an infant without a safe seat, AFA calls on the FAA and lawmakers to ensure that every passenger is secured in an aircraft seat, regardless of age.
Susan White, a current Flight Attendant and a member of the crew of United Flight 232, urges AFA submitted testimony for the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Aviation “State of Aviation Safety” hearing this week, calling attention to the 30-year remembrance and the NTSB recommendations following investigation of the Sioux City DC-10 crash.
“Flight attendants are critical to passenger safety, especially in the event of an emergency. At no time was this more evident than the crash landing of United Flight 232 on this day thirty years ago, when a brave flight crew jumped into action and saved more than 100 lives,” said Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR). “This day in history is also a sobering reminder that ensuring safety is the most important work that my Committee does. Over the years, I’ve been proud to advocate on behalf of our flight crews and passengers, and I will continue to fight to make our system even safer.”
Currently, the FAA has no rules that require children under the age of two to be secured safely in their seats. The AFA testimony notes, “Onboard, a coffee pot has more protection than an infant in the event of a crash. The captain instructs everyone to buckle up for protection against severe turbulence, with the exception of our smallest passengers.”
"Thirty years later, we must remember the lives lost in the heartbreaking United 232 crash and make sure we’re applying the lessons learned from that fateful incident to prevent future tragedies,” said Senator Patty Murray (D-WA). “I’m proud to stand with AFA-CWA as we continue working to strengthen our laws and policies to ensure air travel remains safe and reliable for all of us."
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United Airlines (UAL) Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results
On July 16, 2019 United announced its second-quarter 2019 financial results- the highest second-quarter pre-tax income in the airlines history (post 2010 merger). United reported a second quarter net income of $1.1 billion, diluted earnings per share of $4.02, pre-tax earnings of $1.4 billion and pre-tax margin of 11.9 percent. In addition, the United Board of Directors approved a new $3B share repurchase program.
All of the details of our second- quarter financial results are available on the United Hub website and the Investor Relations website.
Following Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
As we continue flying with each following the operational merge, we’re becoming more comfortable with each other and collaborating to accomplish the work that needs to be done on the aircraft. This includes merging our different styles and taking alternate approaches to solving any given problem. In other cases, we continue to have differences in opinion on the best approach to accomplish various tasks. The good news is that we’re working together, talking to each other in order to accomplish the best outcome. Where we should not have differences is in those areas that involve compliance with FAA directives.
Flight Attendants are reminded that aircraft are certified with Flight Attendants occupying specific cabin jumpseats for taxi, take-off and landing. Flight Attendants are positioned in these jumpseats to not only position Flight Attendants near the exits for which they would become responsible if an evacuation were to become necessary, but also to maximize Flight Attendants view of the cabin interior and our passengers during taxi, take-off and landing.
We strongly encourage Flight Attendants to complete safety checks using the Link device and by referring to the information contained in the eFAOM. In an instance where this is a misunderstanding about which cabin jumpseat is to be occupied for taxi, takeoff and landing, always refer to the eFAOM to resolve any difference(s) of opinion. In every instance, safety is a responsibility that we all have to each other, our airline and our profession. By using the common reference on which we all rely to ensure compliance with all applicable FARs, we can guarantee our collective success.
Timeline for Bidding and Awards of September 2019 Special COLAs
Inflight Scheduling has determined that there will be an opportunity to award one month and six-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective for the September 2019 bid month. The number of Special COLAs to be awarded has not yet been determined.
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 0800 CT
Prior to August 12, 2019
If you are interested in both the one month and six-month Special COLA, please indicate your first and second preference of the duration you prefer. The one month and six-month Special COLAs will be awarded at the same time.
Deadline Reminder: Were you determined to be FMLA ineligible between May 31, 2017 and February 13, 2019?
MEC Communications Committee
On July 12, 2019, we reported to you that during the period beginning May 31, 2017 through February 13, 2019, an information technology error related to the calculation of hours worked in determining eligibility for Family Medical Leave (FML) was identified. This error was brought to the attention of the company by AFA after the Union conducted an audit of the hours worked for a number of Flight Attendants who should have been eligible for FML.
You must accomplish the following three steps no later than July 31, 2019:
1. Contact the Employee Service Center (ESC) at 877 825 3729 and provide the dates of absence for which you sought or intended to seek FML but were advised you were not eligible. Absences must have occurred between May 31, 2017 & February 13, 2019.
2. Advise the ESC of the date you originally were denied FML or advised you were not eligible for FML by either Help Hub or ESC. This information will be used to verify company records.
3. Submit a fully completed FML certification form, completing the appropriate portions, signed and dated by your health care provider, which covers the period of absence between May 31, 2017 and February 13, 2019.
Read our recent article and take action by July 31, 2019.
Contractual Protections When Weather Adversely Impacts the Operation
MEC Communications Committee
With recent weather events impacting operations at several bases around the system, Flight Attendants are encouraged to review the articles that have been produced on Irregularities, Call Wait Times & Self-Help procedures. In addition, when resources are tight as a result of adverse weather, the company may declare White & Purple Flag at locations around the system. Please review the following articles:
Irregularities, Call Wait Times & Self Help
Clarifying White and Purple Flag Designated Days
Reserves Picking Up White Flag Pairings
Clarifying White Flag Pay
Jury Duty- Flight Attendant Guide Available from Help Hub
The Contract language in Section 15.M.1. of our Contract provides specific information on how Flight Attendants will be paid when called upon to perform Jury Duty as well as the specific steps they must take to notify their supervisor after receiving notice
The Jury Duty- Flight Attendant Guide found in Help Hub details the procedures for notifying the company when we receive a jury duty summons. We encourage you to review this publication available at the following link.
Please refer to JCBA section 15.M.1 and this previous article for additional information regarding Jury Duty.
Trip Trading / Picking Up Trips While on Sick Leave
A Flight Attendant may continue trip trading, as provided for in Section 7.I. of our JCBA, while on sick leave and she/he will be eligible to use accrued sick leave to be paid for such trips within certain limitation. More details regarding Sick Leave can be found in the Sick Leave Guide and JCBA Section 13.
Submitting your Monthly Schedule Bids
Following the award of monthly schedules, it is not unusual for Local Council Officers to receive questions from Flight Attendants on their special line award.
Once a Flight Attendant enters their monthly bid in CCS, it is strongly encouraged, after the bids have been submitted, that she/he takes the following additional steps:
- Check the email of record to ensure a copy of the original bid card has been received.
- Take a screenshot or picture of the bid screen with a time stamp of the submitted bids.
- Review the bids submitted to ensure that you have entered the line numbers and line number ranges for which you intended to submit bids.
Flight Attendants can also reference the Bidding and Awards Guide to ensure you have submitted the proper bid. If you continue to have questions after lines are awarded, in addition to your Local Council Office, you can also call the Flight Attendant Support Team at 800-FLT-LINE, option 4,2.
For questions about the bidding process reference the bidding and awards guide available on our website, unitedafa.org or contact your Local AFA Representatives.
United MEC Summer Regular Meeting August 1 – 3, 2019, Las Vegas, Nevada
Our Summer 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place the week of August 1 - 3, 2019, at the Westin Hotel, 160 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other Local Council Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to the Membership.
We encourage each Member to witness the democratic process by attending your upcoming Local Council Meetings and join us for the MEC meeting if you are in the Las Vegas area while we are in session.
Additional details and the MEC meeting agenda are now posted on our website, www.unitedafa.org.
Reminders & Quick Links
July 19 New Hire Class 1923 Graduates from United Inflight
July 29-31 77th Annual CWA Convention, Las Vegas, NV
July 31 Action Needed- FMLA Eligibility/ Technology Error
August 1-3 Summer 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council
August 1 Revision #29 Due
August 8 Special COLA 1 and 6 month deadline- 0800CT