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United Announces Five-Month Special COLA starting in May

Date: March 28, 2020

With the continuing changes to the domestic and international flight schedules, Inflight Scheduling has determined that there is an opportunity to award five-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective with the May 2020 bid month. The number of Special COLAs to be awarded has not yet been determined. 


All Flight Attendants who are projected to be active for the May 2020 Bid Month will be eligible to participate in the five month Special COLA program.   


Flight Attendants Awarded the March Three Month Special COLA and the April Two Month Special COLA who are interested in the May Five Month Special COLA will be eligible to participate and should submit a bid in CCS by the request deadline.   



Bids Open: Friday, March 27th, 2020      

Bids Close:  Monday, April 6th at 8:00AM CT  

Awards Posted:  Before the May Bids Open 


Flight attendants interested in the one-month and five-month Special COLAs starting with the May schedule month should indicate their duration preference when submitting their request.   May Special COLAs will be awarded first in priority before any Job Shares are awarded. Once awarded, Special COLAs cannot be rescinded.  


For COLA awarded during 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. 


OVERLAP PAIRINGS FROM APRIL INTO MAY   Flight Attendants are responsible to fly the last trip of the April schedule, including overlapping pairings into May 2020.      


CBT TRIMESTER LESSONS  Effective December 1, 2019 and for the entire 2020 training year, CQ Computer Based Training (CBT) will be completed on a Trimester schedule throughout the training year.  CQ CBTs will no longer be required to be completed before attending CQ; instead they will need to be completed during three designated time periods.    All Flight Attendants on a COLA are expected to complete the trimester CBTs by the established deadlines


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