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E-Lines: October 09, 2020

Date: October 9, 2020

Save Aviation Jobs; Congress Must Pass a Payroll Support Program Extension 

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 a backstop for aviation job loss; there will likely be more. The October 1 furloughs were not a notice. People woke up Thursday morning without jobs, without paychecks, and without healthcare. They are filing for unemployment as we speak — but we have a chance to reverse course if Congress acts quickly.

Flight Attendants and other essential aviation workers have spent months calling on Congress to reach a deal for a comprehensive relief package to help all workers, including an extension of the PSP. But when Congress failed to act before the Sept. 30 deadline, furloughs began immediately for Flight Attendants and other aviation workers. 

Congress must pass a PSP extension through March, 2021, to support essential aviation workers, prevent mass furloughs and protect our broader economy!

Call Congress: Extend PSP

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 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.”

 Fall 2020 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council Re-scheduled

As we reported earlier this month, the Members of the United Master Executive Council planned to conduct the first in-person Regular Meeting in Billing, Montana since January of this year.  Billings was selected because it was in one of the three United States having the lowest incidences of COVID-19 cases and the options available provided the Union with the ability to manage costs and complete the business of the Union economically.  Over the course of the past several weeks since the meeting announcement was posted, we have continued to monitor the instances of COVID-19 infections to ensure that all of our representatives are able to attend the meeting while, at the same time, ensuring your Union was in full compliance with all state laws as it applies to gathering and social distancing requirements.

Regrettably, the number of COVID-19 cases in Montana have continued to rise over the course of the past several weeks increasing the potential that a large gathering of people would become unlikely if not impossible.  In consultation with the Members of the United Master Executive Council, a decision has been made to re-schedule the in-person Fall 2020 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council.  In its place, a virtual meeting conducted via Zoom™ will be scheduled for October 20 & 21, 2020.  Additional details will be posted early next week.

 Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Crewmembers
MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

AFA, in partnership with Flight Operations, and Corporate Safety have collaborated in order to implement Rapid COVID-19 testing for crewmembers in order to return to flying to certain international destinations. While currently used prior to departure of flights to PPT from SFO, it is expected that testing may soon be expanded prior to departure of flights to other international destinations from other stations on the system.  

To help expedite the testing process for crewmembers working trips to these destinations, United has partnered with local healthcare facilities (GoHealth in SFO and Premise Health in EWR, IAH, LAX and ORD) and will pre-register you for these tests in the event the become required.   In anticipation of these tests being required for the destination of the flight, United will provide your name, date of birth, home address, phone number and email address to the medical provider. 

Additional information can be found in the 
October 7, 2020 IFSW.

View Passport/Visa Requirements and Travel Warnings within CCS Pairings

The opportunities presented by the Contractual ability to pick up flying out of base has presented new challenges to Flight Attendants when ensuring they have the proper documentation to travel to a specific destination not normally flown from her/his home domicile.  

In an ongoing effort to ensure full compliance with all immigration requirements when traveling to another country, effective October 8, 2020, we will be able to link directly to the IATA Timatic System via CCS.  This system will provide information on country-specific passport/visa requirements as well as information about quarantine requirements and any other tasks that are required before or after arrival into the destination city. 

This information will be available from all pairing views in CCS (except the EBB calendar and the Master Schedule) via a drop down, expandable menu for both CCS web and mobile applications.   Any country restriction data will be updated when updates are made to the pairing and the Timatic inquiry will result in real time, latest pairing information. 

 Vacation Election Window Closes on October 15, 2020 by 0800 HDT
Central Schedule Committee

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

Once you have reviewed 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.

If you elect to process to vacation election, a new screen will appear from which you will be able to make the following selections:

Buy Back Vacation Days* keeping in mind that partial vacation days are not eligible to be sold back.

Defer vacation days to your 401(k) or UK Stakeholder Plan

Elect 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

*Note:  Section 12.D.7. of our Contract provides that Vacation Buy Back is not to be utilized during a Flight Attendant furlough.  This option is available for selection in this year’s process despite the fact we have Flight Attendants currently on furlough status.  This is because we have been anticipating enactment of a CARES Act – Payroll Support Program extension.  However, in the event the CARES Act is not extended, Vacation Buy Back elections will not be acted upon and those days will be made available to Flight Attendants for vacation bidding.  

 First Round 2021 Vacation Bids Open October 23, 2020
MEC Central Schedule Committee

The first-round vacation bidding opens October 23 for all domiciles and will remain open until October 31, 2020 at 0800 Home domicile time (HDT). For additional information on the rules when bidding for vacation, please refer to the Vacation 2021 article from our Central Schedule Committee.

 Third (3rd) Trimester CBT Due by October 30th
MEC Safety, Health & Security Committee

The Third Trimester CBT is available and is required to be completed by, October 30, 2020 - 2359 Central Standard Time. Log into TakeOff Learning and select Continuing Qualifications (CQ) 2020 Trimester 3.

This CBT session is anticipated to take approximately three (3) hours to complete. As provided for under our Contract in Section 11.B.2, Flight Attendants will be compensated at one (1:00) hour flight time credit for every three (3:00) hours, prorated. In no case shall a Flight Attendant receive less than one-hour (1:00) flight time pay and credit. Reference these Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding CQ 2020 and third Trimester CBT.

We’ve been talking about the due date for the Third Trimester CBT for the past couple of weeks and we need to shift our focus now to the consequences of not completing this training.  You may recall that when this training was introduced, it was explained that this training was part of United’s larger training program that was presented to the FAA.  This training is required in order to maintain your qualifications to fly.  Over the course of the next several weeks, United management will be monitoring completion for the purposes of ensuring Flight Attendants remain qualified to fly.   Failure to complete this training will result in the loss of your qualification to fly as of December 1, 2020.  Failure to complete this training will result in a requirement to attend requalification (RQ) training in order to return to flight duty.

 Reserve Advertisements – Trading Days Off & Pairings
MEC Reserve Committee – Section 8.J.3.

As set forth in our Contract, Reserve Flight Attendants have several options which increase scheduling flexibility. One of the negotiated options is the ability to advertise an assigned trip. With this option a Reserve assigned a trip has the ability to gain additional days off should their assignment be picked by a line holder. 

Section 8.J.3. of our Contract provides: 

Once a Reserve has been assigned a pairing, she/he shall have the ability to trade a pairing for days off with a Lineholder. The Reserve guarantee shall be reduced based on the number of availability days vacated. If a multi-day trip is vacated by a Reserve pursuant to this paragraph, the Reserve may contact Scheduling to restore Reserve days and guarantee for all days the trip vacated, except the first day. 

To clarify, if a Reserve was assigned a multi-day trip by crew scheduling and she/he wishes to drop the trip, the awarded trip can be posted on the advertisement board on the eBB in CCS. If the trip is picked up by a Lineholder, the Reserve has two options; they can either:

1. Keep the days off with a reduction in her/his Reserve guarantee based on the number of availability days vacated, or 

2. If a multi-day pairing is vacated by a Reserve, she/he may contact Crew Scheduling and ask to be placed back in the Reserve pool by restoring Reserve days and guarantee for all days of the vacated pairing, except the first day.

Note: When returned to the Reserve pool, she/he will receive her/his Reserve Guarantee for the days available. This works only for multi-day pairings. The first day of a multi-day trip cannot be restored nor can a Reserve day of availability for a one-day turn be restored. 

For additional information please contact your Local Reserve Committee. 

Reminders and Quick Links


October 1 – 31

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 15

Vacation Elections Close

October 20 -21

Fall 2020 Virtual Regular MEC Meeting by Zoom™

October 23

Begin First Round Vacation Bidding

October 30

Third Trimester CBT Due

October 31

First Round Vacation Bidding Closes by 8:00 AM HDT


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