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E-Lines: September 05, 2020

Date: September 4, 2020

October Advance Vacation Fly Through - Submit by September 5, 2020, at 10:00 AM HDT

Flight Attendants interested in electing to fly through their October vacations are encouraged to review the two types of Vacation Fly Through options,  Advance Notice Fly Through & Operational Fly Through prior to selecting a request. 

As we have discussed, upon extension of the CARES Act, furloughs, partnerships, and IVFMP participation will be rescinded. Depending upon the timing of when the extension is known, your status in October as a lineholder or Reserve is uncertain. To ensure that you are paid the value of your vacation period in October, in addition to what is likely an uncertain line award, placing a Vacation Fly Through on file by September 5th by 10:00 AM HDT is necessary.

Involuntary Furlough Letters – Clarifying to Avoid Confusion

Involuntary Furlough letters have begun to arrive at the homes of our Members this past week. We are beginning to receive a number of questions in our Local Council and MEC Offices seeking clarification on the contents of the company’s communication.

We are receiving questions, specifically, about the second paragraph of the letter. In that paragraph, the company addresses the furlough protections of LOA #27 (No Furlough) and explains to Flight Attendants why, in their opinion, the present circumstances of the pandemic excuse the company from compliance with the terms of Letter of Agreement #27. 

In that same paragraph, the company goes on to explain that the employee will be placed on Involuntary Furlough status pursuant to Section 18 of our Contract. Involuntary Furlough pay is provided for based on the provisions of Section 18. In addition, page 12 of the company’s Involuntary Furlough Packetclearly advises employees that they are entitled to furlough pay. The following is an excerpt from that communication:

Furlough Pay

Section 18.H of the Agreement provides for your furlough pay (severance allowance). After completing one year of active Company service, you are eligible for furlough pay. Your pay will be determined by your Company seniority and shall be computed based on your Flight Attendant pay in accordance with Section 18.H.2 of the Agreement.

It will be paid on the same frequency as your regular paycheck was issued. For hourly rate purposes, the pay rate will be utilized based upon 71 hours for furlough pay. Regular tax deductions such as Federal, State, and Social Security/Medicare will be made along with any wage attachments, previous salary advances, and overpayments. There will not be any Flexible Spending Account or 401(k) Plan deductions. Furlough pay is not considered in the definition of earnings for United contributions to your 401(k) Plan account.

Additionally, in a follow-up discussion with Labor Relations, we have confirmed that the company has made no changes to the Involuntary Furlough pay plan outlined in the Involuntary Furlough Information Packet (page 12) and will do so consistent with the terms of Section 18 of the Contract.

LHR-based Flight Attendants Return to the Skies in October 

We are pleased to learn that our flying partners from London will return to the skies during the October schedule month after an evaluation of all factors by Crew Schedule Planning.

Details about the specific flying assigned to the London base should be known sometime next week after the company completes monthly meeting with the Union’s Central Schedule Committee.

Save Our Jobs & Join #ReliefNow Actions
MEC Government Affairs Committee

Nothing and we do mean nothing, is more important to our livelihoods and the success of our airline than the extension of the CARES Act. As Flight Attendants, we must continue to apply pressure on our representatives in Congress to put in place #ReliefNow

Last week, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows talked about extending aid to airlines but acknowledged that Congress must act. We must all understand this: executive orders will not save our jobs. Congress is set to return to Washington, D.C. on September 8th. We have to keep up the pressure this week with one message: #ReliefNow for aviation workers and all Americans. Get it done

Make three calls every day this week. One to your Representative and two to your Senators.

Sample Script:
"Hello, I am a constituent calling to ask my Senator/Representative to save my job as an essential worker and airline employee. An overwhelming majority of Congress supports an extension to the Payroll Support Program for aviation workers to avoid massive job loss in October and also to ensure there’s no cancellation of service to small communities. We need a COVID-19 relief package with our payroll support passed TODAY. Our jobs are on the line right now and millions are hurting without this relief! Keep us connected to our jobs, paychecks, & healthcare. We are counting on you. Thank you.”

You can also find local office information by looking up your Rep and Senators at house.gov and senate.gov.

#ReliefNow Actions

In addition to calling, you can plan an event or join one of these #ReliefNow events to pressure Congress to act to #ExtendPSP:

#ReliefNow page, plan or find an event near you > Wednesday, Sept. 9 Action:

Aviation Workers March for #ReliefNow


9:00 AM Eastern on September 9.
Washington, D.C.
Near the U.S. Capitol

*RSVP is required for this action due to Capitol rules. 

Write Congress

Sign this letter to your Representative and Senators >

In Honor and Remembrance of September 11

Each year, as the anniversary of September 11 approaches remembrance ceremonies are being planned in our hero’s honor at locations across our nation. Unfortunately, this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the memorial ceremonies will have limited attendance restrictions. As an alternative, virtual attendance and tour options will be available.

Flight Attendants are encouraged to review the available information regarding memorial ceremonies restrictions before planning to visit a memorial location. 

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Optional Eye and Face Protection Approved Beginning September 3
MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

Flight Attendants requesting the ability to wear eye protection and face shields will now have the option to do so, beginning September 3, 2020. Inflight will offer two (2) types of anti-fog eye protection; one for Flight Attendants that wear glasses and another for those that do not wear glasses. The eye protection goggles will be available for pick up at the following domiciles:

In addition to the approved goggles, company guidelines provide Flight Attendants the option to wear face shields that meet specific parameters; however, United will not be providing face shields. 

Note: If you choose to wear eye protection/face shield, you are required to wear a mask or approved face covering that covers both the nose and mouth. Detailed guidance outlining the parameters for these additional safety options are available in ISW, August 2020.

1-, 2-, & 3-month Special COLAs - Deadline extended to September 11, 2020 at 8:00 AM CT

Flight Attendants interested in 1-, 2- or 3-month Special COLAs should place bids on file now. The bid period has been extended until Friday, September 11, 2020.

Eight (8) and thirteen (13) month Special COLAs will only be offered in the event the CARES Act is extended. While the 8- and 13-month durations appear in the list of preferences on the LOA request screens, these Special COLA periods will only be awarded if the CARES Act is extended. Should the CARES Act be extended, there will be a separate bid period advertised for the 8- and 13- month Special COLAs and adequate time will be allotted to submit a bid.

Third (3rd) Trimester CBT is Now Available 

The CBT for the third trimester is now available for completion 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.

For those who were required to complete the 1-hour CBT for RQ, that CBT was one-third of the Third Trimester CBT course. You will receive credit for completion of this CBT as part of the pay for completion of the Third Trimester CBT upon completion of the full module.

Additionally, the company has issued a required training video pertaining to United’s mask standards and the correct way to wear your mask. Although this video is required training for all employees, Flight Attendants will be required to complete the video as part of our next Continuing Qualification (CQ) training CBT. Flight Attendants may complete the training early, however, pay is tied to the completion of the third trimester CBT requirement.

Reference these Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding CQ 2020 Trimester CBT.

Register to Vote! – It’s your Right.
MEC Government Affairs Committee

Your right and privilege to vote are not automatic, you must register to vote, and you must ensure your registration record is up to date.

Voter registration deadlines vary by state but can be as early as 30 days prior to an election. Click here to continue reading the details on completing your voter registration.

Labor Day Message

The first Monday in September is the day we set aside in the United States to honor the contributions of workers to the strength and prosperity of our country. This year, unlike any other in the history of our country, with many workers unable to go to work because of the impact of the pandemic on so many industries, including our own, we view the holiday through a very different prism, with a new set of eyes and heightened value of our work. It’s true what they say, we tend not to value that which we have until we see it at risk.

At the same time, we see that our ability to weather this storm and make it through to the safe harbors on the other side of the storm is dependent like never before on our ability to come together in support of each other. We must renew that sense of solidarity during this time when health and safety protocols suggest we should be socially distancing ourselves from each other.

Together, while we are relying on each other and supporting each other through our voluntary furlough and furlough mitigation partnership programs within the framework of our workgroup, we must also come together to encourage our leaders in Washington to come together, complete their work and put together a plan that will ultimately benefit our local and world economies during this difficult time. We are all depending on Congress to act in the best interest of the people, indeed the workers, of this country and ultimately, the overall economic health and viability of our country. We must continue to assure them that doing so is the right thing to do and in everyone’s best interest and ensure they hear us tell them that we support their decision making in doing so.

As we take time to celebrate the fruits of our labor and solidarity with family and friends, let us be grateful to those of us who will have the opportunity to facilitate what we expect will be non-traditional celebrations of the end of the summer. Let us celebrate this Labor Day with a renewed sense of the value of our work and the contributions each of us makes to the essential profession we call our own.

On behalf of the United Master Executive Council and all of our Union volunteers who work tirelessly in the service of our Members, know that we wish you all a safe and relaxing Labor Day Holiday weekend.

Reminders and Quick Links

September 1 Third Trimester CBT Launched – Due Date Oct 30
September 4 1-2-3 Month COLA Submission Deadline
September 5 Vacation Fly Through Submission Deadline
September 11 National Memorial Remembrance Observation Ceremonies

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