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E-Lines: January 10, 2020

Date: January 10, 2020

Contract Negotiations Survey Opens January 20, 2020

Our AFA Negotiating Committee is gearing up for our Contract 2021 Negotiations! We will be conducting a survey of the more than 25,000 United Flight Attendants to learn about those items that are important to you.

Our Negotiating Committee wants to know what you think, what you care about, and what concerns you may have, as we move forward in preparation for our next Contract. Your voice matters and we are listening to you!  Your participation in this survey is critical to our success in representing your interests at the bargaining table.The survey provides all Members with an equal opportunity to communicate their priorities and needs regarding our Contract 2021. You are the voice of these negotiations. This is your chance to get involved and be a part of our Contract Negotiations.

The Flight Attendant Negotiations Survey was developed with the assistance of outside professionals to insure a statistically valid result. Our Negotiating Committee has retained professional pollsters and the services of the University of New Hampshire survey center, who will administer the survey and work with the Committee to analyze the results.

Flight Attendants will receive the Flight Attendant Negotiations Survey to their mailing address of record. Once you have received the survey, you will have the opportunity to participate electronically through our new negotiations website, contract2021.org. Take part in the survey and encourage your fellow Flight Attendants to do the same. The survey opens  January 20, 2020, 0800 CT closing March 6, 2020, 1600 CT and will run in conjunction with the AFA Negotiations Listening Tour. 

Surveys to all domestic addresses were placed in the mail yesterday and we expect will be arriving at home addresses next week.

Sign-up to Receive Contract 2021 Negotiations News

Our new 
Contract 2021.org website and Negotiations News updates will keep you informed prior to andduring our upcoming negotiations. We know an informed, educated and mobilized Membership results in a successful negotiation. That’s a fact!  Contract 2021 Negotiations News will be used to communicate directly with you the details of our negotiations. Get your news first, and from the source you can trust, Negotiations News.

Sign up now and encourage all Flight Attendants to subscribe to Contract 2021 Negotiations News. Be the first to learn about proposed improvements to our next Contract that will be determined based on the priorities of the Membership. The best way to ensure you are up to date with all the latest Negotiations News is to receive all the latest news delivered directly to your inbox. We encourage you to sign up today.

For additional information visit our dedicated negotiations website: contract2021.org 

Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council – January 14-16, 2020


The Winter 2020 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 14 - 16, 2020, at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N. River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018. 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 our democratic process by attending your Local Council Meetings and joining us for the MEC Winter Regular Meeting if you are in the Chicago area while we are in session.  For additional information and the meeting Agenda visit unitedafa.org.

Combined Duty Programming “Piggy backing”  Delayed Implementation 
One United, January 9, 2020

Section 7.I.16. provides Flight Attendants with the ability to combine two duty periods from two separate pairings, sometimes referred to as “piggy-backing.” As part of our Contract implementation, work is underway to develop the automation that allows Flight Attendants to voluntarily combine duty periods. This programming is currently planned to be available toward the end of the first quarter of 2020. In the meantime, ongoing testing and development continues to ensure this functionality works exactly as intended. Please stay tuned for more information on Combined Duty programming as it becomes available.

Central Schedule Committee Report - DSL Report  
MEC Central Schedule Committee

The Central Schedule Committee’s most recent report detailing their activities in the development of the February schedule has been published on unitedafa.org 

One- and Three-Month Special COLAs Available for March Bid Month
Sections 15.C. and 15.N.

Crew Schedule Planning announced they will be offering One- and Three-month Special COLAs effective for the March 2020 Bid Month. The company has not yet released the total number of Special COLAs that will be available by location. 

Flight Attendants interested in taking advantage of this opportunity to be away from work should submit their bid(s) no later than February 6, 2020, at 0800 Central Time to be considered.  Awards will be published before February 12th. If you choose to bid both the One- and Three-month COLA options indicate on your bid which you prefer as your first choice. If awarded the March One or Three-month SpecialCOLA, Flight Attendants will be required to complete any overlapping assignments into the March bid month. 

Keep in mind, if you have a Special COLA request on file, it will be considered for award at any time before the March Bid month starts, to the extent slots are still available. Once the Special COLA is awarded it cannot be rescinded.  Benefits for the duration of the Special Leave will be available will be available at active employee rates.

Transfer Awards Processed

On January 9, 2020 United processed the transfers list for Boston, Cleveland, Newark, Honolulu, Washington, Houston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Those whom were awarded transfers have seven (7) days to accept or decline. 

In accordance with Section 17.A.2 of our Contract, a Flight Attendant who declines a transfer awarded in accordance with a bid shall not file another bid for a period of three (3) months from the effective date of the transfer. 


















To review the official list of transfer awards visit FlyingTogether> Crew Scheduling > March Transfer Awards. This award includes transfers to the recently announced e satellite bases.  

Reserve Picking Up on Days Off 
MEC Reserve Committee

As provided for in our Contract, Reserve Flight Attendants have the ability to pick up a trip on their scheduled days off once they are released to their day(s) off by crew scheduling. 

Reserve Picking up Time from Other Flight Attendants:

  • A Reserve may only pick up a pairing that is scheduled to return to her/his home domicile in time for a legal rest prior to 0400 of her/his first scheduled Reserve day. A Reserve who does not receive minimum legal rest at home as a result of operational irregularities with the pairing picked up will be deemed to have voluntarily reduced the legal rest at their home base down to the minimum legal rest provided for in Section 6, if necessary. 
  • There is no limit to the number of times a Reserve may pick up pairings on days off from other Flight Attendants.

Reserve Picking up From Open Time

A Reserve may, at her/his own option, pick up open time on, or with Crew Scheduling’s permission into, scheduled days off, subject to the following:

  • A Reserve may only pick up a pairing from open time once she /he has been released into days off. 
  • A Reserve may only pick up a pairing which is scheduled to return to the home domicile in time for legal rest prior to 0700 of the next scheduled Reserve day unless otherwise approved by the company.
  • If a Reserve chooses to pick up open time on their days off they are waiving 35/, 1/7 and minimum day off legalities. 

The Open Time limitations do not apply to a Reserve who volunteers to fly an Open Time trip to prevent drafting, or when picking up an Open Time trip during White or Purple Flag days. * Trips picked up from Open Time during a White or Purple flag day cannot be traded only dropped to another Flight Attendant for days off. 

When a pairing that was picked up on a Reserves day(s) off is affected by irregular operations and causes the Reserve to be worked into an additional day off, they are entitled to a restored day off. They are not allowed to take the additional 5 hours of flight pay and give up their restored day off. 

Reserves who want to learn more about picking up on days off should get in touch with the Local Reserve Representative. 

GoJet Flight Attendants Reach Tentative Agreement for First Contract

Congratulations to our GoJet Sisters and Brothers! On January 7, 2020 they reached a tentative agreement with the airline for their first Union Contract. The five-year agreement, reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board, provides immediate pay increases and establishes defined schedules and work rules for the 366 GoJet Flight Attendants. 

Having a Union Contract for our GoJet Sisters and Brothers means having job security, key economic and quality of life improvements including a signing bonus and increased vacation.  When one of us wins, we all win! 

Reminders and Quick Links

January 10            International Purser Opt Out Awards- On or Before 2359
January 11             Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 12            February COLA Awards
January 14 – 16    AFA United MEC Winter Meeting
January 20            Contract 2021 Listening Tour Begins
January 20            Martin Luther King Day
January 29            First Trimester CQ CBT Deadline

February 6            March Special COLA Bid Due

February 12          March 1 & 3 Month Special COLA Award

January – June     
CAUSE Foundation Trip Drop Contest


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