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E-Lines: August 13, 2019

Date: August 13, 2019

One United – New Programming Deployed Tonight at 2200CT
MEC Reserve Committee

New Programming to Address 1:7 Contractual Legality & 24:7 FAR Legality for Reserves 


Effective with deployment later tonight, Crew Scheduling will no longer be required to insert a break day ("BRK") as a placeholder to resolve 1-in-7(1:7) Contractual or 24-in-7(24:7) FAR violations as the result of the conjunction of two schedule months after loading the new month schedule into the system. The system will no longer automatically prevent Reserves with blocks of seven (7) or more consecutive days of availability from trading or prevent Crew Scheduling from making assignments.


1-in-7 and 24-in-7 alerts will appear in the "Alerts" section found below the Master Schedule to ensure Flight Attendants are aware of these potential legalities. Please refer to the 1-in-7 and 24-in-7 Alerts Guide on Flying Together.


Reserves scheduled to be on duty for seven (7) or more days over month end due to either their schedule selection or bid award are reminded they must contact Crew Scheduling prior to the first day of the new bid month to have the 1-in-7 conflict resolved. If they do not contact Crew Scheduling before the first day of the new bid month, the 1-in-7 conflict is considered automatically waived consistent with the terms of our Contract.(The 24-in-7 FAR must still be satisfied with a 24-hour period free from duty.)


Additional CCS Enhancements to be deployed August 14, 2019 at 2200 CT


The Reserve Availability screen that includes the changes recommended by our AFA testers as well as those who attended our most recent MEC Reserve Training in May is yet another enhancement that will be made available as of August 14, 2019. These additional enhancements include:

  • The ability to Print, Save or Email a copy of the Reserve Availability list.
  • Abbreviated column headers to reduce column width.
  • Fixed column headers when scrolling.
  • Displaying all results without the need to add rows.
  • Screen remembers previous search criteria.

If you have additional questions, contact your Local Council Reserve Committee for assistance.

Seats Available for Flight 93 Journey of Remembrance 
MEC Communications Committee

On the morning of September 11, 2019, a Journey of Remembrance to the Flight 93 National Memorial Park will depart from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). This will be a one-day event intended to fulfill our commitment to “Always Remember, Never Forget”.Flight Attendants will attend the September 11th Memorial Observance Ceremony, where the names of those who lost their lives that day, will be read as the Bells of Remembrance echo through the silence of the final resting place of those who lost their lives on Flight 93. 

Flight Attendant participants will have ample time at the Visitor Center, to walk the final flight path of Flight 93, meet with the family members and friends or to pay silent respect to those who perished that fateful day. We encourage Flight Attendants interested in attending to consider joining us as we stand together to remember the Heroes of Flight 93. We have a few seats remaining on the bus.  If you are able to attend, please contact Robyn Varner at communications@unitedafa.org to register.


USS Midway September 11, 2019 Memorial Ceremony 

On September 11, 2019, the FDNY Retirees of San Diego, along with the USS Midway Museum, National City Fire Department and The Wounded Warrior Project will pay tribute and honor our fallen heroes and keep our promise to “NEVER FORGET” those who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center Towers as well as those who have perished in the aftermath.

The ceremony will begin at 2:30 PM on Tuesday, September 11, 2019 on the flight deck of the USS Midway, 910 North Harbor Drive, San Diego. Admission to the USS Midway is free on 9/11/2019 after 1:00 PM to attend the service.

Following the Memorial Service, family and friends are invited to a dinner reception and social event at the Pioneer Hook and Ladder Firehouse Museum, at 1572 Columbia Street (Columbia & Cedar Streets).  

Flight Attendants interested in participating in the memorial service who would like to volunteer in the reading of names, please contact Sheryl Stroup by e-mail at safety@unitedafa.org.  




9/11 Memorial Museum Recognizes Flight Crewmembers During Aviation Week, August 19 -25

The 9/11 Memorial & Museum will recognize National Aviation Week (August 19-25, 2019) by providing free access to the Memorial Museum to active and retired crewmembers. Onsite ticketing only. A valid ID, such as a company identification card, is required for active crewmembers. Retired crewmembers who don’t have identification will be asked to complete a verification form.

Throughout the week, the Museum will feature flight crew-themed auditorium programming to highlight this chapter in aviation history and share these stories with Museum visitors.  Additional details are available at www.unitedafa.org

September 2019 One-month and Six-month COLA Awards Available in CCS

Awards for the one-month Special COLA’s effective for the September 2019 Flight Attendant schedule month have been posted and are available via CCS.

The following is a breakdown of the most junior awarded Special COLAs for September by base and System Seniority Number:










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Flight Attendants awarded the Special COLA are 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 August into September are expected to complete their last trip in the August schedule unless able to use our various schedule flexibilities to dispose of the overlap pairing.

Note: Flight Attendants whose status reflects “Waitlisted”should be aware that the Special COLA awards did not reach their seniority during the first round of awards and have not been reviewed.  In the event the company were to award additional COLA requests, it is at that time those requests will be reviewed and potentially awarded.  

For additional information, please refer to the September Special COLA information
one-month and six-month COLA information .

Sick Call after Reassignment  

Flight Attendants that have been reassigned a pairing and then become ill after the reassignment has occurred, and subsequently call in sick are only pay protected for the reassignment pairing, not the original trip. Credited sick hours are only paid providing the Flight Attendant has the sufficient number of sick hours required to cover the reassignment trip value available in her/his sick bank. Flight Attendants who do not have adequate sick hours commensurate with the value of the reassigned trip pairing will be documented as an unpaid sick call, regardless of the value of the pairing to which reassigned. 

Example: A Flight Attendant’s 18-hour pairing is canceled and she/he is reassigned to a 10-hour pairing. The Flight Attendant subsequently calls in sick for the 10-hour reassignment pairing.  Assuming she/he has 40 hours in her/his sick leave bank, ten (10) hours will be deducted from her/his sick bank – an amount equivalent to the value of the reassigned pairing.  

Conversely, if her/his sick leave bank has a zero balance when the Flight Attendant called in sick for the 10-hour reassignment pairing, she/he would not receive any pay for either the reassignment or the original trip, but would be considered on unpaid sick leave and will receive no pay. 

Note: While this article addresses how a sick call is paid, it does not address all of the Contractual provisions pertaining to sick calls including the assignment of attendance points.  Additionally, these rudimentary examples do not address any of the reassignment provisions outlined in Section 7.Q. of our Contract.  The example is intended for illustrative purposes only. 

Rapid Re-accrual of Sick Leave when Returning from Single Injury, illness or Maternity Absence
JCBA 13.A.5

Flight Attendants returning from a single injury, illness or maternity absence are reminded, as provided in Section 13.A.5. of the JCBA, if during this single absence you have used more than 255 hours of sick leave, you are eligible to begin the rapid re-accrual process upon return to work. 

To begin the rapid re-accrual process, a Flight Attendant having used more than 255 hours for a single absence seeking rapid re-accrual is required, upon return to flight duty, to contact her/his supervisor who is responsible to submit the rapid re-accrual request to Crew Pay for validation and set up in a timely manner. 

For additional information and details on how Flight Attendants can check their sick and occupational bank hours in CCS review our May 24, 2019, E-lines publication Rapid Re-accrual of Sick Leave. Examples of accruals, can be found in the Sick Leave Guide and in our JCBA, Section 13.A.

New Procedures for Dual Boarding/Deplaning Process Effective August 12, 2019 

Effective August 12, 2019 new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) became effective for the use of dual boarding and deplaning procedures.   These recently established procedures are most immediately expected to be put into use at twelve (12) European cities but are not intended to be used exclusively at these stations.  The use of these procedures may be further expanded in the future. 

The most recently implemented SOPs allow for the use of one forward and one rear aircraft door on the 75B/75S fleet and wide-body aircraft when arriving into and/or departing designated cities provided certain conditions, such as an established minimum Flight Attendant crew complement, are met. These SOPs, which meet regulatory & company requirements, allow for passengers to board and deplane using two aircraft doors, one forward and one aft door. 

Given the recent implementation of these SOPs, Flight Attendants should be documenting any and all safety concerns pertaining to their use.United’s Safety Management System (SMS) requires a review of the new process, and AFA and Inflight Safety have committed to do so jointly.  In order to ensure this SOP is working as anticipated from a safety and functional perspective we will rely on your proper reporting to highlight the successes and deficiencies. The SMS review will then identify if there is a need for any adjustments to be made to those processes. 

Robust reporting is especially vital as we put these procedures into place.  We are asking you to be vigilant in your adherence to these procedures and for increased observations and reporting as we strive to ensure we are safely meeting the Flight Attendant, company and regulatory needs given the changes contemplated by the implementation of dual door boarding & deplaning procedures.

Summer is in Full Swing: Download 2Hot2Cold!
MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

In the summer, cabins can get too hot. If it’s too hot, crew and passengers can experience symptoms ranging from the mild (fatigue, dizziness) to moderate (heat exhaustion) to catastrophic (heat stroke).

Today, the FAA and the DOT have no operating requirements for cabin temperatures. To make change, we need data to persuade regulators and legislators to establish airplane temperature standards. The best way to focus on the problem is with hard facts and reports that will get the attention of management to get these adverse temperature issues fixed.

Download the iPhone/iPad or Android version of the 2Hot2Cold app, install it on your device, and submit reports on extreme temperature incidents you experience onboard flights.

Working together, we will end the scourge of 2Hot2Cold in air travel!

AFA Regional Carriers - Bridge the Gap Nationwide Picketing - Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

Air Wisconsin, a regional carrier, operates flights for United Airlines. Despite airline profits, Flight Attendants at Air Wisconsin are kept in poverty struggling to make ends meet.  Disappointingly, management has only proposed a meager 2% increase after 3 years of bargaining.  This to a group of hard working, dedicated safety professionals who have had their wage rates frozen since 2007.  Yes, 2007!

Trans States Holdings (owner of Compass and GoJet) is trying to lock Flight Attendants at GoJet and Compass into poverty wages with no or bare minimal increases. GoJet Flight Attendants fly for United Airlines. Compass Flight Attendants fly for American Airlines and Delta Air Lines. 

Join us to fight back. On August 21st, we will be focused on actions at the following locations:

  • DCA National Airport, (Noon-1pm)
  • ORD Chicago O'Hare, (Noon-1pm)
  • LAX Airport, (Noon-1pm)

Standing together, we will support our brothers and sisters at these carriers who provide the vital feed that makes the balance of our network work!  Together, we can bridge the gap in pay that exists for our brothers and sisters who make a commitment to care for our passengers – every day on every flight.


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