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E-Lines: September 13, 2019

Date: September 13, 2019

Vacation 2020!
MEC Central Schedule Committee

In anticipation of the opening of the first round of Vacation bidding on October 23, 2019, a good deal of preparatory work has been undertaken to ensure information is available to all of us on the complete vacation bidding process. The Vacation 2020 article from our MEC Central Schedule Committee is now available on our MEC website.

Flight Attendants’ 2020 Vacation Accrual Letters will be available no later than September 25, 2019 and can be located by logging in to CCS > Vacation-> My Vacation. From here, select “To view optional election, click here”. The following information will be displayed: 

  • Your vacation accrual seniority date as of August 29, 2019 
  • Your 2020 base vacation accrual determined by your vacation accrual seniority date 
  • Your paid activity, by each quarter in the 2018-2019 Vacation Accrual Year, to be used in determining your vacation accrual for the 2020 Vacation year 
  • Your 2020 vacation accrual, in days and hours 
  • For newly hired Flight Attendants, quarterly paid activity will not be shown because new hire Flight Attendants accrue one vacation day

Detailed information concerning the annual vacation process can be found in the 2020 Vacation Booklet available on our website, www.unitedafa.org Additional information on the various processes associated with vacation bidding will be provided over the course of the next few weeks in our weekly E-lines publications. 

Known Crew Member – Comply & Report!  Use KCM Online Reporting Form 

Crew Members around the system, Flight Attendants and Pilots alike, continue to report inconsistencies in the processes employed by the TSA at the KCM check point.  While right now we understand the consistency we need to reliably report to work on time is not present, be assured representatives from our respective Unions are engaged in working to achieve this essential consistency.  We are pleased to report that representatives from the TSA in Washington, D.C. are working to finalize formal procedures for each instance where KCM can be used by crew members – with or without a uniform.

What you should not expect right now is consistency.  This includes consistency at the KCM check point and, if re-directed, at the passenger screening checkpoint where you may or may not be provided front of line access or be permitted to use employee entrances other than KCM.

However, in every instance, what you should do is comply and report these continuing discrepancies. Your consistent reporting of these discrepancies are essential in identifying problems where they exist.  We expect more formal procedures, which we expect will be consistently applied to be finalized.

Until then, be patient.  Follow directions. Comply and report using the online KCM reporting form.

Central Schedule Committee (CSC) Reports – October, 2019

Central Schedule Committee’s most recent Build and Review Report detailing their activities in the development of the October 2019 schedule has been published on www.unitedafa.org.

2020 CQ Changes – Due Month Bidding is Now OPEN - Closes September 27 
MEC Safety, Health & Security 

Flight Attendants who currently have a CQ due (must go) month of June, July or August received a e-mail from management detailing the process to be used for preference bidding of new CQ due (must go) months.  Awards will be processed in base seniority order.

The available months for preference bidding of due (must go) months are the first six (6) month of the 2020 annual CQ cycle: December 2019 and January - May 2020.  CQ 2020 training will be two days in length with regulatory training on Day 1 and customer service training on Day 2.

The due month preference bidding schedule is as follows:

Due Month Preference Bidding Opens:

September 13, 2019

Due Month Preference Bidding Closes:

September 27, 2019

Preference Award Results Posted:

No later than October 16, 2019 @ 12 Noon

Individual Awards Pushed to CCS:

October 16, 2019


*Note: The CQ 2020 CBT format will be changing from the current single annual set of CBT courses to a trimester format of a set of three (3) CBTs that will be distributed across the 2020 training year.

Additional information can be found in the August 28, 2019 Edition of Inflight Services Weekly.

Special Qualifications - 50 Hour Requirement 

We have received reports in the MEC Office that some supervisory personnel are incorrectly advising Special Qualification Flight Attendants that they are required to have 50 hours on their line at the end of every schedule month.

As a reminder, Special Qualification Flight Attendants who wish to trade with or pick up from open time must have fifty (50) hours, [twenty (20) hours for job shares, partnerships & half month leaves] in their Special Qualification time (either International Purser or Language) based on her/his awarded line of flying at the end of the bid month. 

For example, a language qualified (LQ) Flight Attendant will be expected to have a minimum fifty (50) hours [twenty (20) for job shares, partnerships and half month leaves] of flying in their assigned language at the end of the bid month, if they have traded with or picked up from open time other than LQFA open time during the month. 

It is not necessary for these hours to be part of the line of the Flight Attendant with the Special Qualification prior to trading or picking up from open time. However, if trading or picking up from open time, these hours are required to be on the Flight Attendant’s line by the end of the bid month.

Note:  Hours credited from deadheading or rigs will apply towards the required 50 hours minimum. 

If you have additional questions regarding Special Qualification hours requirement, contact your Local Council Office.

Special COLAs for October 2019 Schedule Month Awarded

A total of 321 Special COLAs were awarded for the October 2019 schedule month on a system-wide basis. Flight Attendants awarded the October Special COLAs will be required to complete any overlapping assignments into the October bid month unless the trip is removed from her/his line of flying by any one of the negotiated schedule flexibilities.


System Seniority Number

of Most Junior Award

Seniority Date of Most

Junior Award

















No COLAs Awarded


No COLAs Awarded




















No COLAs Awarded








No COLAs Awarded


No COLAs Awarded




One Month Special COLA for November 2019 with Medical Benefits at Active Rates

Inflight Scheduling has determined that there will be an opportunity to award one-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective for the November 2019 bid month. The number of Special COLAs that will be awarded has not yet been determined by Crew Schedule Planning. 

Bids Open

September 12, 2019

Bids Close

Monday, October 7, 2019 at 0800 CT

Awards Posted

Before October 12, 2019

Please review Section 15.C. and 15.N. of our Contract for further details associated with a Special COLA. This Special COLA will include medical benefits at active employee rates. Pay and vacation longevity are not impacted for step increases. 

Flight Attendants awarded the November One month Special COLA will be required to complete any assignments which overlap into the November bid month as provided in Section 15.B.5. of the JCBA. If you do not wish to fly an overlapping trip you may adjust your schedule using contractually negotiated provisions to do so. 

Flight Attendants with Backstage Preference month of November, who have not yet attended a Backstage session should pick up a Backstage event in November and may, as provided in Section 15.B.3. attend required training while on COLA.   For further details regarding this Special COLA, please refer to the "November 2019 One Month Special COLA Program Information".

International Override Applies to Pairings with Flying Outside the Continental U.S. & Canada
Section 4.J.

International override applies to those pairings flown to/from destinations outside the continental United States & Canada. Examples of flying to which this override applies include the destinations of Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico. 

The hourly override for this flying is $2.00/hour, prorated, for each block hour flown and for all credited time except sick/occupational leave and vacation. 

Payment of the international override does not compel the application of international duty and rest legalities on these segments nor does this change the definition of domestic flying set forth in Section 2.G. of the Contract.  In a circumstance where a pairing with mixed flying contains a domestic segment on one or both ends of an international segment, that is considered an international pairing for the application of international override and per diem.

Please contact your Local Council with any questions.

The exception is if it is a mixed pairing that contains a domestic segment on one or both ends of the international segment.

MEC Reserve Committee Report
MEC Reserve Committee

Our MEC Reserve Committee’s most recent Reserve Committee Report addressing system Reserve issues has been posted on www.unitedafa.org for your review. This report contains information about the recently enhanced Reserve Availability Display Screen.

October Paid Holidays - HKG National Day (10/1) & FRA Unification Day (10/3)

Paid holidays during the month of October include pairings which originate in HKG and include National Day, October 1, 2019 as well as pairings which originate in FRA and include Unification Day, October 3, 2019.  Flight Attendants who fly these pairings are eligible for holiday pay a outlined in Section 4.I of our Contract.

Additional information, including the formula used to calculate holiday pay can be found in E-Lines publication dated June 26, 2018.

Purchase Pink Uniform Accessories - Support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

October, is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As we do each year to highlight the importance of prevention, we will have pink ribbons available to be worn behind your white AFA pin. Our goal has long been to our presence in the cabin as a way focus attention of this disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and, ultimately, its cure.

In addition, company approved pink Uniform accessories will also be available for purchase. These accessories can be worn while on duty from October 1 through October 31 and are now available for purchase from the United Shop. Proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. To date, over $200,000 has been raised for breast cancer charities.

Inflight Services has designated a pink scarf (females) and pink tie (males) as the approved uniform items for Flight Attendants. You may also wear approved items purchased in years past to show your continuing support of United’s Pink Program.

Note: While you may purchase baseball caps as part of the Pink Program, they are not approved for wear by Flight Attendants while in uniform.

2020 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment - October 7 - 25, 2019
MEC Benefits Committee

It’s that time of the year again when annual benefits open enrollment will take place during the period from October 7 – 25, 2019.


Now is the time to begin to read and learn about benefit coverage in order for you to ensure you and your family have not only the correct coverage, but that you learn about new program offerings for 2020. 

Keep an eye out for the What’s New for 2020 Guidewhich should be arriving at employees’ homes early this month and includes information about enrollment options, new vision plans and new voluntary benefits, info about what happens if you do not enroll, and much more.

In addition, as we head into early Fall and the flu season, think about preparing to take advantage of opportunities for free Flu Shots & the Benefits Fair Schedule.

The following chart details key dates about the Annual Enrollment process:



“What’s New for 2020” Guide


September 30

Explore and compare plan options and costs


October 7-25

Active Employees

Make insurance elections for 2020

Reminders & Quick Links

September 13-27   Summer CQ Due Month Preference Bidding for CQ 2020 Due Month 

Sept. 25- Oct. 15    Vacation Elections (Flex & Vacation Buy Back)

October                  Breast Cancer Awareness Month 

October 1               HKG National Day (Holiday Pay)

October 3               FRA Unity Day (Holiday Pay)

October 6               CBT Completion Required

October 7-25          Annual Benefits Open Enrollment for Active Employees


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