E-Lines: May 29, 2020
May 29, 2020
Master Executive Council Virtual Zoom™ Meeting Concluded Today
MEC Communications Committee
A virtual meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) was held today. Due to the unforeseen effects of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting our ability to congregate in a central place, a meeting of the United Master Executive Council was conducted virtually, utilizing technology available via Zoom™. By action of the United Master Executive Council, participation at the meeting was limited to the Members of the United Master Executive Council, elected Local Council Officers, including Council Representatives and all MEC Committee Members and AFA Staff Attorneys. A summary of today’s meeting will be posted on unitedafa.org within the next day or so.
The next MEC meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2020 where elections for the Master Executive Officers and Committees will take place.
United Offers Voluntary Separation Program
Details on the company’s recent announced Voluntary Separation Program #2 for Frontline employees were released today.
United’s most recent Voluntary Separation Program (VSP2) provides an array of benefits for employees who may want to consider a voluntary exit from the company before the announcement of any potential furloughs or reductions in force are announced. United management has made it clear that this will be the company’s most valuable offer for those who might be considering leaving United in the near future.
The VSP program is now open for employees in the following groups in the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico:
- Flight Attendants (including Internationally based Flight Attendants)
- Catering Operations employees
- IAM-represented employees
- IBT-represented employees
- Management and Administrative (M&A) employees
What makes this VSP different from the most recently offered VSP by United is that eligible frontline employees will receive a custom-tailored email providing an overview of the program with the associated links to the program details, FAQs, inquiry form and application form in Help Hub, along with otherresources. The application window for United’s most recent Voluntary Separation Program for frontline employees closes on at 23:59:59 US Central on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
The company’s VSP2 offer is highly personalized based on individual employee factors such as work group, retirement eligibility, years of service and more. To ensure your full understanding of the VSP offer, refer to Help Hub for the details and FAQs that are relevant to you. Help Hub should be your go-to resource for any questions about the VSP.
Stay tuned for additional FAQs with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
July COLA Opportunities Submission Deadline June 2
MEC Benefits Committee
Special COLAs will be available starting the first day of the July schedule month as follows:
Timeline for submitting bids and publication of Awards:
Tuesday June 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM Central Time
All Flight Attendants including those currently on a Special COLA
Before July Bids Open and Prior to any Job Share Announcements
Flight Attendants interested in these Special COLAs should submit their request via CCS under the "Leaves" drop down menu. Select - Special COLA.
Reciprocal Cabin Jumpseat Agreements Expanded
Starting June 1, 2020, consistent with the priorities established by our AFA Constitution & Bylaws, reciprocal jumpseat agreements with the following United Express (UAX) partners on United flights: Air Wisconsin, CommutAir, ExpressJet, GoJet, Mesa Airlines, Republic Airlines, and *SkyWest Airlines (*Flight Operations and Dispatch only) will be expanded.
It is important to note that only the following UAX aircraft presently have cabin jumpseats:
- ExpressJet E145
- GoJet CRJ550
- Republic E175 (not the E170)
United pilots, Flight Attendants, dispatchers and qualified management team members will be able to jumpseat on the UAX carriers listed above, while UAX pilots and Flight Attendants will be able to jumpseat on mainland flights in the 50 United States.
In addition to being able to fly on reciprocal jumpseats, both eligible United and UAX employees will be able to self-list using employeeRES for flights.
Things to know about these expanded agreements:
- Self-listing can only be done on the employeeRES website. The United app will not have the same functionality at this time.
- A single listing cannot contain both UAX and UA mainline flights. Separate listings must be completed.
- Alternate jumpseat assignments on certain aircraft may need to be assigned to promote social distancing.
- The temporary seat capacity cap of 70% will not apply to jumpseats on mainline or UAX aircraft.
- United flight attendants have priority for mainline United cabin jumpseats at all times, which may affect the listing priority for UAX flight attendants already cleared for a jumpseat up to 10-minutes before departure.
- All other jumpseat policies and guidelines between UA and UAX remain unchanged.
MEC Central Schedule Committee (CSC) SWLOF Report
MEC Central Schedule Committee
Central Schedule Committee's most recent SWLOF report detailing their activities in the development of the June schedule has been published on unitedafa.org.
Effective Immediately - Self-conducted Wellness Checks
MEC Safety Health and Security Committee
Effective immediately, in compliance with an FAA mandate, the company has implemented a self-conducted wellness check requirement for Flight Attendants and pilots. The company has released the following guidance detailing the process to which Flight Attendants are required to adhere each day prior to a flight/Reserve assignment and while on duty.
Additionally, beginning in early June: Flight Attendants will receive a reminder via a push notification from the Team App on their Link. Although no data will be collected, you will be required to answer a series of simple heath related questions as a reminder to take your temperature.
Reserve Review: Transitioning from Lineholder to Reserve
MEC Reserve Committee
The unique circumstances in which we find ourselves as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our flight schedules, have many of us transitioning from lineholder to Reserve status, effective with the June 1, 2020 schedule month. To assist in navigating these and other changes while on Reserve status, our MEC Reserve Committee has compiled a list of highlighted items recommended for review.
Social Distancing Policies Extended to June 30, 2020
MEC Safety, Health, and Security Committee
United’s social distancing policies that were set in place on April 28, 2020 have now been extended through June 30, 2020 and reflect the following:
- Customer’s will have limited ability to select certain seats during the booking and check-in process.
- Complimentary Premier Upgrades (CPUs) will be processed at the departure gate in priority order.
- Back-to-front boarding process (pre-boarding will continue as usual)
- Customer Isolation will occur for those who may become ill during the flight.
Additional information can be found on the COVID-19 page of our website.
Guam (GUM) Voluntary Quarantine Orders
MEC Safety Health and Security Committee
Due to the following COVID-19 restrictions Crews Members flying to GUM who are not based in GUM will be required to comply with the following safety precautions:
- Crews are subject to arrival health screening and must complete the Voluntary Quarantine Letter (VQL) in Customs Hall that includes the address of where they will stay while in GUM.
- Crewmembers traveling to GUM will need to call or text using WhatsApp at 929-0487 each day you’re in Guam to confirm whether or not you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Flight Attendants will be required to stay in your hotel or residence until your next scheduled flight.
- You will be allowed to get take-out food from a restaurant, but are not able to visit a grocery store.
Note: If you have an upcoming work trip to GUM, or are commuting, please notify GUM base leadership of your travel plans prior to arrival at the GUM airport by calling the GUM Concierge Desk at 671-645-8800. Flight Attendants who have not provided advanced notification to the GUM leadership of your travel plans, may be subject to a government mandated 14-day quarantine.
Details of the Guam Voluntary Quarantine Order can be found in the Content Locker > COVID 19 Resources.
U.S. Entry Restriction List now Includes Brazil
This week, in addition to the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the European Schengen Area*, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People’s Republic of China, Brazil was added to the list of countries where travel restrictions/entry requirements have been imposed by the United States. Currently there are more than 30 different countries with travel restrictions and U.S. entry requirements. Although some countries are beginning to open, there are others that remain closed. We recommend Flight Attendants review the latest list and stay up-to-date on the latest COVID-19 restriction information.
The European Schengen Area includes the 26 European states that have officially removed border control at their mutual borders: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
Deadheading into the United Kingdom
Flight Attendants scheduled to deadhead into the United Kingdom are reminded that they must enter the country by way of the Customs and Immigration stations used by passengers, regardless of their being listed on the Gen Dec.
The scheduled crew transportation provider will make a second stop at the front of the terminal to accommodate any deadheading Crewmembers that are scheduled to concurrently layover at the same location as the working Crew.
Reminders and Quick Links
June1 New Reciprocal Cabin Jumpseat with United Express
June 2 July Special COLA Submission Deadline
June 3 Virtual Townhall with Scott and Brett
June 5 July Vacation Fly Through Submission deadline