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Unemployment Claims while on Special COLA – Contact the Department of Labor

Date: March 24, 2020


As a result of the reduction of flying due to the COVID-19 virus the company has awarded 7,119 special COLA’s. Flight Attendants interested in applying for unemployment benefits are encouraged to visit the official Department of Labor (DOL) website for process information. 

NOTE: For COLAs awarded during the COVID-19, United will not contest your claim for unemployment. In addition, United will provide any available helpful information to the state for purposes of your eligibility for unemployment, however, the ultimate decision rests with each state.”

Out of an abundance of caution, your AFA leadership must make it clear that the Union has no jurisdiction over unemployment claims and by sharing this company message with you, we are making no representation or providing any guarantee of your eligibility for unemployment. 

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