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E-Lines: October 06, 2020

Date: October 6, 2020

Trump Kills Millions of Jobs, Abandons Essential Workers 

WASHINGTON, DC (October 6, 2020) — Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson released the following statement after President Trump blew up COVID relief negotiations:

"As Secretary Mnuchin and Speaker Pelosi moved close to a deal that would provide relief to working people across the country, President Trump issued one tweet to blow up the deal and leave millions of essential workers in freefall. Senate Republicans will own this cruel maneuver that puts our economy in a tailspin unless they demand COVID relief now.

 "The jobs and infrastructure Payroll Support Program enjoys support from over 90 Senators and an overwhelming bipartisan members of the House. Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell started the day begging Congress to support the economy until it is "clearly out of the woods" and emphasized that relief of any size "will not go to waste."

 "We need rational people to take control and help our nation. Our union will begin emergency meetings today to determine our options to protect people and keep them from harm.

Video here too: https://youtu.be/0WLMi1hxZYs

Our Fight is Not Over!
A Message from Our AFA International Officers

As Secretary Mnuchin and Speaker Pelosi moved close to a deal this week that would provide relief to working people across the country, President Trump issued one tweet to blow up the COVID deal and leave millions of essential workers in free-fall. The strong support of the Payroll Support Program (PSP) extension gives us every reason to hope that Congress will take action to #ExtendPSP. Continue to call, tweet, and act.

The only reason an extension of PSP has not passed is due to procedural issues. We call on the Republicans and Democrats in both chambers to come together and get it done. Call, tweet, write, and take direct action below. 

Just this morning, Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell begged Congress to support the economy until it is "clearly out of the woods" and emphasized that relief of any size "will not go to waste." People need relief now. 

Over 100,000 aviation workers woke up without work on October 1, 2020: 45,000 were furloughed and tens of thousands more went on ‘unpaid leave’ when the Payroll Support Program expired. There is no longer anything that prevents aviation job loss. The industry's trade association, Airlines for America said today, "Thousands of airline workers across the country have already lost their jobs – and more furloughs are expected in the coming weeks – because Congress did not extend the successful Payroll Support Program."

We will not stand by while our flying partners are without paychecks and healthcare, nor will we accept inaction by Congress when they owe us certainty for doing our jobs to keep the country connected. The airlines have said they will reverse furloughs if Congress acts quickly to extend PSP through March 31, 2021. Making this extension law will reverse and stop any further harm. 

Our union held an emergency meeting this afternoon to review our options to protect Flight Attendants and keep us from harm. The AFA Board of Directors is scheduled to meet again tomorrow. Our work is far from done tonight — we are coordinating with other aviation unions and the industry. 

Stay closely tuned to AFA communication channels. 

In Solidarity, 

Sara, Deb, Kevin 
AFA International Officers

Call Congress: Extend PSP

An overwhelming majority of both chambers of Congress and both political parties have been in support of extending the Payroll Support Program for two (2) months. Only Congress can appropriate those funds and secure the jobs and infrastructure our country needs. We need to stay focused. Millions of lives count on us staying focused. 

Congress must act now. #ReliefNow

SENATE: 888-848-4824

HOUSE: 888-907-9365

"Hello, I am a constituent calling to tell my (Senator/Representative) that aviation workers are out of time. Furloughs have begun and we only have a short time to reverse course. We need relief and an extension of the Payroll Support Program TODAY. Without an extension of this successful jobs program, there is no backstop for layoffs. This is just the start. Inaction is not an option. We are out of time #ExtendPSP now. Thank you.”

Write Congress

Send a letter to your Representative and two Senators >

Tweet Your Representative and Senators (add pictures of you in uniform to each!):

We've made it easy to Tweet at your lawmakers. Click here to get started. Or, you can copy and paste the following Tweets into your Twitter. 

Massive layoffs have begun for Flight Attendants & aviation workers. We only have a short time to reverse course. Extend the Payroll Support Program TODAY, [tag your Senators/Representative]! Pass #ReliefNow to save my job & healthcare! #ExtendPSP

I’m one of the thousands of furloughed Flight Attendants who needs [tag your Senators/Representative] to act to extend the Payroll Support Program TODAY. We need #ReliefNow! #ExtendPSP

Tell your personal story using the hashtags #ReliefNow and #ExtendPSP

If you do not know your Senators or Representatives' Twitter handles you can find them here! Don't have Twitter, set up an account today to take action. Here's how >

Relief Now Events

Flight Attendants have rallied across the country in Washington, D.C., Newark, Chicago, Toledo, Philadelphia, Allentown, Atlanta, Seattle, Charlotte, Salt Lake, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Denver, Orlando, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, Los Angeles to demand that Congress extend our Payroll Support Program and pass #ReliefNow. Other events are being planned now. 

RSVP or Plan your own #ReliefNow event

A Message from Your AFA EAP Volunteers Concerning Breast Cancer Awareness Month
MEC EAP Professional Standards Committee 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, marked in countries across the world every October, helps to increase attention and support for the awareness, early detection, and treatment as well as palliative care of this disease. There are about 1.38 million new cases of breast cancer each year. Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer in women worldwide. In low- and middle-income countries the incidence has been rising steadily in the last years due to an increase in life expectancy, increased urbanization, and adoption of western lifestyles.

Currently, there is insufficient knowledge on the causes of breast cancer which is what makes early detection of the disease the cornerstone of breast cancer control. When breast cancer is detected early, and if adequate diagnosis and treatment are available, there is a good chance that breast cancer can be cured. Today, in the United States alone, there are over 3.5 million women and men who are survivors of breast cancer.

Chances are you know someone who has been impacted by breast cancer. It might even be you. That’s why this fight is everyone’s fight. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, people wear pink, including ribbons, to support the progress being made to defeat breast cancer, to honor survivors, and to remember those lost to the disease. If you would like to get more involved in the fight against breast cancer, visit makingstrides.acsevents.org. Remember, your AFA EAP is available to confidentially assist you with any health-related issues. You can find a listing of your Local EAP Committee Members at afacwa.org under the EAP Department or by calling 800-424-2406.

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Program - Get your Pink On!

Flight Attendants are encouraged to pick-up a Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon from your AFA Local Council Representatives. Pink support ribbons will be available throughout the month of October and can be worn while on duty now through October 31. 

Together, by virtue of our public appearance, we have a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of prevention in battling this disease. We encourage everyone to participate in this effort. Together, we can accomplish great things!

Deadline for Returning Company Issued Items Extended to October 30

Inflight services have extended the deadline for returning company issued items until October 30, 2020. 

As noted by the official notice of involuntary furlough letter, Flight Attendants placed on involuntary furlough are required to return the following company-issued items:

  • LINK device, sled battery pack and black charging cable, all USB charging cables, auxiliary battery pack with charging cord in a black mesh bag, single charger plug (white), international power adapter (black), United protective cover, and phone storage case.
  • United-issued (white) TSA crewmember badge
  • All local airport-issued identification badges and parking access media (stickers, swipe cards, hanging tags)
  • Duty-Free/Cabin Equipment Key

Please make every effort to return these items by this revised deadline. Keep in mind, as part of the process of accounting for these items, if not returned by the deadline date, collection proceedings may be initiated, which could include loss of employee travel privileges.

Please email questions regarding this process to flightattendantfurlough@united.com

Vacation Elections Close October 15 – Make your Selections Today!

The Vacation Election period opened at 0800 Home Domicile Time (HDT) on September 25 and will remain open until October 15th in order to provide the full twenty (20) day period to make your elections.

Once you know the number of days that you have accrued, if you choose to participate in the optional Vacation Election process, select the “Proceed to Vacation Election” button located in the bottom right corner of the accrual letter page. You may also choose not to make any selections in the Vacation Election process and skip this step.

The vacation election screen will appear, and you will be able to make the following selections:

  1. Buy Back Vacation Days. Partially accrued vacation days are not eligible.
  2. Defer vacation days to your 401(k) or UK Stakeholder Plan
  3. Take Flex Vacation Days (paid or unpaid)

 Additional information regarding the different election options, Buy Back, Deferral to 401K or UK Stakeholder, Paid or Unpaid Flex days can be found in the October 3, 2020 publication of e-lines

Fall Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council - October 20 – 22

The Fall Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council will take place in Billings, Montana Tuesday, October 20 thru October 22 at the Northern Hotel. This will be a closed meeting. Montana is one of the United States with the lowest number of instances of COVID-19. As we continue our efforts to social distance and because meeting in Chicago is not yet permissible, we searched the United States for an economical location to hold our meeting. Your Local Council Presidents from around our system will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to you in the first in-person meeting since January of this year.

We encourage Members to witness our democratic process by attending their Local Council meetings. Schedule times for your Local Council’s meeting will be posted on our website as they become available.

Out of Base (OOB) Pick-ups are Not Eligible for Trading 
JCBA Section 7.J

As outlined in Chapter 10 of the Trip Trades and Adjustment guide, Flight Attendants may pick up trips from open time or advertisements in bases other than their own, subject to the specified requirements of section 7.J of our JCBA provisions. 


  • Less than fourteen hours (14:00) prior to departure, you may pick up any advertised trips from another Flight Attendant in any base, provided you have the designated special qualification for the advertised trip if any. 
  • Less than fourteen hours (14:00) prior to departure. You may pick up trips from open time in any base, regardless of special qualifications. 
  • If you wish to pick up a trip from open time that requires a special qualification and you don’t have that specified qualification, you must contact Crew Scheduling to process this pick-up. Crew Scheduling may deny your request if they anticipate that a Reserve with the required qualification will be used to cover the pairing. 

As a reminder, once a Flight Attendant has picked up an Out of Base pairing, the pairing can no longer be traded for another pairing. Our JCBA Out of Base Trade provision is specific to open time and advertised pick-ups, not trip trading. Therefore, mutual trades between Flight Attendants located in different bases are not provided for under the provisions of Section 7.J. -Out of Base Trades in our JCBA.

Flight Attendants are permitted to engage in Flight Attendant to Flight Attendant trades as long as the trade is accomplished by trading to a Flight Attendant assigned to the base from which the pairing originates and is in exchange for days off. However, this type of trade can only be accomplished by contacting Crew Scheduling. 

Additional information concerning the Out of Base (OOB) pick-up provisions can be found on our website, unitedafa.org, and in the following publications:

Trip Trades and Adjustment guide

Out of Base Trades of Open Time and Advertised Pick-ups

Clarification of Out of Base pick-up from International based Flight Attendants

Time is Running Out! - Register to Vote! – It’s your Right
MEC Government Affairs Committee

Your right and privilege to vote are not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.

Voter registration deadlines vary by state but can be as early as 30 days prior to an election. If you have additional questions, contact your Local Council Government Affairs Committee.

Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program FADAP
MEC Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Thanks to the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), all Flight Attendants governed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) can get assistance in dealing with substance abuse should they need it. 

The Flight Attendant Drug and Alcohol Program (FADAP) website provides information on substance use, abuse, and dependence for all Federal Aviation Administration-certified Flight Attendants, no matter what status you currently hold -- active, furloughed, or even if you are on a leave status. 

The website provides lists of EAP peers, self-screening tools, online resources, educational information, and guidance on how to distinguish between abuse and dependence, among other helpful tools.

In addition to the new website, AFA conducts annual and regional trainings and manages peer networks to assist and provide services to all Flight Attendants. The FADAP is yet another example of AFA's leadership in advancing our profession for all Flight Attendants.

FADAP's mission is to support a culture of safety that will be able to assist flight attendants in meeting their personal and professional goals through substance-abuse awareness, combined with self and peer referrals for assistance and the implementation of a Flight-Attendant-specific recovery support system.

FADAP Phone: 855-33-FADAP | 855-333-2327

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