Health and Welfare Payment Obligation while on COLA
May 26, 2020
MEC Benefits Committee
Flight Attendants on Special COLA are eligible to maintain their health and welfare coverages through United at the active employee contribution rate for the duration of the Special COLA.
While on any the Special COLA period beginning 5/1/2020 or later, when payroll deductions are no longer made for these coverages, premiums will accumulate for up to 2 months and an amount of $500.00. Once the accumulation reaches $500.00 and no deductions can be taken for 2 months, the premium balance will be sent for direct billing by the United Airlines Benefits Center (i.e., when the Flight Attendant does not earn pay or sufficient pay or where deductions cannot be made from a $0.00 paycheck, payroll will accumulate a past due balance up to $500.00 and at least 2 months of premiums).
If the Flight Attendant still does not receive a paycheck or sufficient pay for benefits deductions, the past due balance and future benefit premiums will move to the UABC for direct billing until the employee begins receiving a paycheck. If the Flight Attendant returns to work prior to reaching $500.00 and at least 2 months of missed deductions, the accumulated deductions will be applied to the first paycheck which could result in a zero-dollar paycheck.
Flight Attendants who signed up for the new voluntary benefits (Long Term Care, Auto/Home, Identity Theft, and Pet Insurance), will be directly billed after missing 3 paychecks and will receive communications on how to pay for their benefits directly.
Additional information is available on Flying Together.