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E-Lines: September 16, 2020

Date: September 16, 2020

Take Action: Save Our Jobs and Extend PSP

September 15 —Congress has 14 days to save our jobs! Inaction is not an option. Everyone “supports us.” True support for the American worker comes in the form of a relief bill. #GetItDone

Call Congress

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

SENATE: 888-848-4824
HOUSE: 888-907-9365

"Hello, I am a constituent calling to tell my (Senator/Representative) that aviation workers need a relief package before October 1 to stop mass job loss and cuts to small airports that also hurt veterans and other Americans who count on air service to get their medicines in the mail. Both parties and the White House are on record with overwhelming support for an extension to the Payroll Support Program for essential workers and to keep service in place to small communities. But words of support will not keep us flying or help us pay our bills. We need a COVID-19 relief package with our payroll support passed TODAY. In [16] days we’re out of work and millions are hurting without this relief! Keep us connected to our jobs, paychecks, & healthcare. We are counting on you. Thank you.”

#ReliefNow Actions

Flight Attendants are taking direct action across the country in Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Chicago, Orlando, Pennsylvania, Cleveland, and other cities to demand that Congress extend our Payroll Support Program and pass #ReliefNow.

Find an event near your or plan your own >

Suggested Tweets (add pictures of you in uniform to each!):

  • Flight Attendants and aviation workers are facing massive layoffs on Oct. 1 if Congress does not act. [tag your Senators/Representative], pass #ReliefNow to save my job & healthcare! #ExtendPSP
  • I’m one of the thousands of furloughed Flight Attendants who needs [tag your Senators/Representative] to act to extend the Payroll Support Program before Oct. 1. We need #ReliefNow! #ExtendPSP
  • Tell your personal story using the hashtags #ReliefNow and #ExtendPSP

If you do not know your Senators or Representatives' Twitter handles you can find them here! Don't have Twitter, set up an account today to take action. Here's how >

Write Congress Sign this letter to your Representative and Senators > Take Action Now!

Third (3rd) Trimester CBT Due by October 30th

The Third Trimester CBT is available 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.

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

CQ/RQ Training Required for Flight Attendants While on Special COLA

Sections 15.B.3. & 15.C.2.

Effective October 1, 2020, Flight Attendants on Special Company Offered Leave of Absence (COLA) are required to attend CQ/RQ training as indicated in the most recent Special COLA packet published by the company.

As provided for in Section 15.B.3. & 15.C.2. of our Contract, the company may require a Flight Attendant to attend training while on (Special) COLA provided that the requirement to attend is made known to her/him prior to accepting the leave.

Training can be scheduled by contacting FAST (1-800-FLT-LINE) option 4, then option 2. Flight Attendants that do not schedule themselves for this training while on Special COLA will be assigned to attend by the FAST. Because you will not have a line of flying while on Special COLA, you must call to schedule yourself as you will not be able to pick up training from open time.

If you have questions about your CQ/RQ training, access the Inflight Training page.

90 Day Freeze for Link iOS Updates
MEC Safety Health and Security Committee

There’s a temporary 90-day freeze in place that began on September 10, for all iOS updates. During this freeze, Link users will not be able to update to any other versions of iOS. Detailed information is available in the September 14, 2020 Alert update.

GUM Flight Attendant Scheduling and Operation Transitions to Headquarters

Effective September 16th at 1500 CHST (September 15th at midnight CT), Crew Scheduling and Operations will transition to Headquarters and the Network Operation Center (NOC).

Flight Attendants on GUM can continue to use the same local Guam telephone numbers as well as “FLT-LINE”. The Local GUM telephone numbers will connect you to a scheduler in Chicago’s Network Operation Center.

October Special COLA Awards

Crew Schedule Planning, in response to projections of reduced passenger demand, anticipates awarding Special COLAs at all bases. It is important to understand that at some locations, including those where NAL schedules were not assigned, demand for Special COLAs will be greater than the company may be able to award. Special COLAs that were on file but not awarded will be considered in a second review process by the department. It is anticipated that additional Special COLAs will be awarded tomorrow, Wednesday, September 16, 2020. Requests from the initial list will be awarded before any requests from the waitlist. Those who are interested in a Special COLA may, at this point, add their name to the waitlist.

Clarifying the Interaction of Special COLAs and NAL Schedules

There have been questions as to why No Activity Lines (NAL) were assigned to participants in the IVFMP program when there are still requests for Special COLAs that were not awarded. It is important to understand that NAL scheduled provides management with a definite reduction in their pay obligation. In those circumstances where management offers Special COLAs to further reduce the population beyond where it is currently established at a base, the anticipated number of awarded Special COLAs would, at a minimum, need to exceed the total number of NAL schedules available for the location. In a situation where the company were to permit the award of NAL schedules to the general population, the population reduction offered by the NAL schedules would need to be sufficient to meet the company’s population reduction need. For October, because the company needs to further reduce staffing beyond what the NAL schedules provide the No Activity Lines (NAL) will only be available to those Flight Attendants participating in the IVFMP program. Flight Attendants in the general population will be required to take a Special COLA in order to take advantage of time away from work opportunities.

Going forward, in the event the CARES Act is not extended, each month while the IVFMP program is in effect, Crew Planning will develop a standard advisory as to the award of Special COLAs and whether or not NAL Schedules will be available to the general population.

When no Special COLAs are awarded in a specific base then all Flight Attendants in that base may bid to be awarded NAL lines. If NAL lines will be made available to the entire base, a bid screen will be available in CCS for all Flight Attendants in the base to request NAL lines. In these same months where NAL lines are made available to all Flight Attendants in the base, those participants in the IVFMP should submit bids for Regular Flight Attendant schedules as published in the monthly bid packet; that is, Lineholder and Reserve schedules, which will be awarded based on seniority.

Updating your Personal Information on Flying Together

MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

Before leaving on your next pairing, given all of the events, both natural and otherwise that are taking place in the communities we serve, take a few minutes to review the Emergency Contact information you have on file in company records. Ensuring the accuracy of this information can save minutes that matter in any critical situation where the company needs to either contact you or your designated emergency contacts quickly.

Review your designated Emergency Contact(s) in Flying Together. Access My Profile from the upper right-hand corner of the home screen by clicking on your name.

> Edit My Info > Personal Details > Emergency Contacts. 

Click the “+” to add a contact or the “>” sigh to edit existing information. Always remember to save any changes or updates.

As an additional precaution, if you’ve recently been married, changed your name, or had a new passport issued, ensure that your full name on company records matches the name listed on the passport, including your middle name. To verify/update your information:

Flying Together > My Profile (Upper Right Corner) > Edit my Info > Personal Details > Name > Edit or change name to match your passport exactly and submit any requested documentation. Keep in mind that the name in your profile must match the name on your passport. When making changes, you are required to also submit documentation to support the name change as detailed on the page where changes are made.

Finally, ensure your address and telephone contact information listed with the company is accurate. In the event of any emergency at or near your home, both the company and AFA will have the information necessary to act to ensure your safety. 

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council office for assistance.

PDX and GEG Layovers – Responding to Hazardous Air Quality Index

The number and extent of the fires in the Pacific Northwest have contributed to the Air Quality Index (AQI) in the cities we serve to reach a level designated as “Hazardous”.

In either Portland (PDX) or Spokane, WA (GEG), crewmembers are encouraged to implement the following practices while on layover:

  1. Minimize your exposure to the outside environment.
  2. Limit your physical activity, especially exercise involving aerobic activities.
  3. Keep well hydrated

Additionally, United will provide all crewmembers flying to PDX and GEG with N95 respiratory masks. These masks will be distributed by the PDX and GEG station personnel to all crew members upon arrival. When used correctly, the N95 mask will protect the wearer from particulates and should be used whenever you must leave an environmentally controlled location.

Finally, if you would prefer to opt-out of your pairing with a layover in PDX or GEG, call Inflight Crew Scheduling. You may be reassigned to another pairing, but if no trips are available for reassignment, your trip will be dropped without pay. However, you will not be assessed any points for the missed pairing.

Preliminary Benefits Open Enrollment Timelines

Human Resources and Labor Relations have noted that the Annual Open Enrollment process will have some minor changes this year. Most notably, there will be no annual enrollment fairs or flu shots offered this year in addition to a slightly modified scheduled. The Enrollment window will open October 19th and will run through October 31st. We expect additional information from our MEC Benefits Committee will be released as it becomes available.

Cabin Jumpseat (CJA) Authority Reminders

As a reminder, Section 3.A. of our Contract provides Flight Attendants with access to the Cabin Jumpseat on all United Aircraft which cannot be denied due to an aircraft weight restriction.

In recent weeks we have received reports that some Customer Service Representatives and Flight Attendants have acted to deny access to the jumpseat citing “social distancing” or concerns about COVID-19 issues. 

This is an incorrect application of the language in our contract and should not be occurring. Use of the Cabin Jumpseat is contractually protected and cannot be denied to a Flight Attendant. If you have questions on how to address your concerns with COVID-19 or social distancing, please contact your Local Council Office or Local Safety Committee for assistance.

Restoring Reserve Availability Days to Reserve Lines having More Than 12 Days Off FAQ
MEC Reserve Committee

While Section 8.I.1.j. provides the company with the ability to build Reserve schedules with up to sixteen (16) calendar days off in a schedule month, Section 8.I.1.l provides Reserve Flight Attendants with the ability to restore those days of availability, without regard to whether or not they bid the awarded Reserve line. In the bid packet, the lines indicate availability days to be restored with a “+”. When a day of availability is restored, there is a corresponding increase to the Reserve minimum guarantee.

Please review the article put together by our MEC Reserve Committee for additional information.

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