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E-Lines: August 09, 2019

Date: August 9, 2019

Our Deepest Condolences- In Memory of Jerry Butz  

We are deeply saddened to report that we have learned of the passing of the voice of Dear AFA – Jerry Butz. Jerry passed away on July 16, 2019 after a long illness. 

Jerry became a Flight Attendant in 1978 after many years in the company’s training department. He was based in Chicago. During the Strike of 1985, Jerry became the voice of DearAFA reporting to Flight Attendants the events of the day always encouraging Flight Attendants to be involved in determining their future while never missing the opportunity to point out where management had lost its way. Jerry faithfully bid trips to return to Chicago in time to meet with the MEC President for a briefing of the week’s latest events, then dutifully sat down to type out the script of Dear AFA with cigarette lit. Within a couple hours, Jerry had a draft script that he’d read aloud to leadership and Legal, make any necessary last edits, and then close himself in an office to record some of the nation’s first podcasts - the favorite source of news for United Flight Attendants, aviation workers from all airlines, and journalists covering our industry. Management transcribed the hotline message every week and distributed it as required reading. Often it was the sting of accountability in those messages that led to breaking up stubborn positions of Inflight.  

1-800-DEAR-AFA was a trusted and entertaining brand because of Jerry Butz. Over the years of his invaluable service to our union, Jerry refused even a single hour of Flight Pay Loss or expense reimbursement. It was his contribution to building power for Flight Attendants and that was enough for Jerry! 

Jerry retired from United Airlines in July 1999 but remained always available to his Union.  In more recent years, Jerry came out of retirement and returned to his Union and the airways to provide his weekly message that was full of his inimitable humor, sarcasm and wit all of which successfully engaged not only our Members but United management as well. 

Jerry is survived by his two sisters, many nieces and nephews and his lifelong friends from United Airlines.  Jerry will be deeply missed by all of us.  Plans are in the works for a memorial service to celebrate Jerry’s life and contributions to our Union and our careers. Tentatively, we are looking at the early part of November for the scheduling of this service. 

Jerry was a huge fan of Edward R. Murrow. In honor of Jerry we offer this, “Good night, and good luck.”

September 11, 2019 Memorial Services -
Our Commitment to Never Forget!

We have made a commitment to Never Forget the events of September 11, 2001 or the thousands of lives that were lost on that tragic day in the history of our airline and our country.  Passengers, Pilots, Flight Attendants & Customer Service Agents aboard the four highjacked aircraft lost their lives that day; American Airlines Flights 11 & 77 and United Airlines Flights 93 & 175.

The memories of our flying partners and fellow employees are prominent in our hearts and minds at this time of the year as we approach this somber date.    As we think of those lost, we also think of the many beloved friends and first responders who not only perished that day, but also those first responders, fire fighters and policemen, who served their country and their communities that day and who made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives in order to save the lives of others.  

Memorial services will be conducted at locations across our nation as we remember those we have loved and lost.  We encourage you to attend a ceremony in your area alongside your MEC Officers, your flying partners and the friends and families of those whose lives were lost either in these devastating terrorist attacks or a result of them. If you aren’t able to be part of a local Memorial service, we encourage you to observe those moments of silence that will take place in honor of all those touched by the tragedy we know as September 11, 2001. 

Flight 93 – Journey of Remembrance 
Journey of Remembrance” to the National Flight 93 Memorial Park.  AFA will provide charter bus service that will depart from the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) in the morning of September 11, 2019. Additional details on the departure time and meeting location will be communicated as we finalize those.

Flight Attendants interested in attending can contact Robyn Varner at the MEC Office at 847 292 7170 ext#542 or email communications@unitedafa.org for additional information or registration. 

USS Midway
USS Midway Museum, Flight Deck Navy Pier, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
Wednesday, September 11, 2018 at 2:30 pm

9/11 Memorial – New York City
Please visit the 9/11 Memorial website for details of the September 11, 2019 events

United States Pentagon
The memorial commemorates the 184 lives lost in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the terrorist attacks. The Pentagon Memorial is free and open to the public 24 hours a day. Special services are held for the families of the victims of 9/11 at the Memorial on September 11 every year.

Additional information will be added to our Memorial event page on www.unitedafa.org as we obtain these details.

New Required CBT Modules Due by October 6  

Inflight management notified Flight Attendants in the August 7, 2019 Inflight Services Weekly of a new series of six required CBT modules that must be completed by October 6, 2019. 

The“2019 Flight Attendant United HR Compliance and On-board Service”training can be found in the ‘to-do” list on the Take Off homepage.  If it is not located in the ‘to-do list”, use the search bar to quickly locate the training.  The CBT can be accessed from your Link, laptop or desktop computer.

It is projected that this training will take 3:30 minutes to complete and covers a variety of topics. Consistent with the requirements of Section 11.B.2. of our Contract, we will be paid one hour of flight time pay and credit for each three (3) hours of home study or training, prorated. Once completed, Flight Attendants will receive training pay of 1:10 flight pay and credit.

Safety, Health & Security Training 

Our MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee concluded our annual training seminar this week in Chicago. Over thirty (30) of our flying partners from across the system were in attendance; some new to their Local Safety Committees, and many long-time Local Council Safety Committee members. The MEC SHS Committee provided updates on their work, insight on many of their more recent initiatives and discussed the way Local Safety Committees are vital
to the ongoing work of our Union.

Work History Record/ Tracking Attendance Points  
MEC Grievance Committee  

JCBA Section 22.A.4. was negotiated to provide for Flight Attendants with the ability to access their individual work record electronically.  This provision provides us with the ability to view and track our individual attendance records and any applicable Attendance or Performance Warnings that have become a part of our Work History.

It is strongly recommended that Flight Attendants regularly check their work history record by logging into CCS and clicking on the Work History Tab, located on the main menu.

Flight Attendants who identify discrepancies or who have questions concerning their Work History record are encouraged to contact their base supervisor when the discrepancy is first noticed.  You should be aware of all notations in your work history before they are entered.  Any instance where you dispute the information in your work history that is not adequately resolved should be reported to your Local Council Grievance Committee.

Note: The Company will consider any notations of non-disciplinary discussions regarding dependability or job performance as cleared from a Flight Attendant’s record after a two (2) year period of active service from the date of issuance, provided that no disciplinary action or further notations have been issued during that period.

Please review Sections 22 and 23 of the JCBA which governs Personnel Files and the Investigations & Grievance procedures. In addition, the Dispute Resolution, Attendance and Performance Management Flight Attendant Guide  is a helpful resource.

Hotel & Transportation Committee Report    
MEC Hotel & Transportation Committee  

The most recent report from our MEC Hotel & Transportation Committee detailing the work of the committee is now available on www.unitedafa.org

USA TODAY: DOT Releases New Guidelines for Animals In the Cabin

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, the Department of Transportation released new guidance on service and emotional support animals in the cabin. AFA President Sara Nelson said:

"Today’s action by the Department of Transportation is an important step to address what has become a mess of animals loose in the aircraft cabin. Clear rules are necessary to ensure access to service animal assistance for people with disabilities and our veterans, while maintaining the safety, health and security of all passengers and crew onboard our planes."

In the last few weeks alone Flight Attendants have been hurt and safety has been compromised by untrained animals loose in the cabin. Fraudulent claims of emotional support animals not only threaten safety and health, it can interfere with the rights of passengers who legitimately need the assistance of trained animals. Clear government regulations are necessary so that private industry can maintain consistency and equal access for all travelers. We look forward to rulemaking by the Department of Transportation to lock in clear rules for carriers and passengers alike.”

Specifically, AFA supports documentation, advance notice, and check-in requirements for passengers traveling with emotional support animals.  Read the USA Today Article >

Reminders and Quick Links

August 12           Download iOS Version 12.4 
August  19 - 25   National Aviation Week
September 2       Labor Day

October 6            CBT Completion Required           


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