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E-Lines: September 08, 2020

Date: September 8, 2020

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 >

MEC 6-20 – Closing of International Domiciles at FRA, HKG and NRT

MEC 6-20 was filed when, following the announcement of the closure of the domiciles at FRA, HKG and NRT, the company took the position that they were not required to create vacancies at a location where the affected Flight Attendants could work.

The arbitration was presented before the System Board of Adjustment.  The case is now concluded and is under the jurisdiction of the arbitrator.  Contrary to rumors circulating on various social media websites, the arbitrator has not yet issued an opinion.  We expect a ruling from the arbitrator mid-September

 9/11 Commemorative Memorial Remembrance Pin

For the month of September AFA will be providing the commemorative 9/11 Memorial Remembrance pins available at each domicile location. Wear the pin as a remembrance of our flying partners, family, and friends as a reminder that We Will Never Forget.

 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. 

 Personal Strategies for Approaching the Anniversary of September 11th
MEC EAP and Professional Standards Committee  

As we approach the anniversary of September 11th, many of us will begin to plan how we’ll recognize this day. Anniversaries offer an opportunity to acknowledge our memories and experiences, to connect with others who share in them, and to pay tribute to our individual and collective journeys.  They can also serve as personal and professional milestones of our healing and resiliency. For some, September 11th will be marked with private personal gestures such as observing a moment of silence, spending quiet time reflecting, or dedicating our flying to our profession.  For others, it will be marked with collective activities such as ceremonies and memorial services.

There is no right way or better way to recognize the anniversary; but, there are some suggestions that may prove helpful as we approach the anniversary of September 11th. 

  • Observe the anniversary in a way that’s comfortable for you.  Say no to events or activities that you sense may flood you with too many feelings.  Find more gentle ways of honoring the anniversary.
  • Don’t compare yourself to how others around you appear to be dealing with the September 11th anniversary.
  • Acknowledge that we all heal at different rates, in different ways, and with different outcomes.
  • Give yourself permission and time to be affected.  Though uncomfortable, anticipate, and plan for having a stress reaction as the anniversary approaches.  Trust that if you have moments of difficulty, you’ll be able to pull yourself back together.
  • Try not to isolate yourself. Pre-plan now to be with people if you know you have this tendency.

In whatever way you choose to structure your day this September 11th or however it just naturally unfolds, please remember that your AFA EAP Committee representatives welcome being a part of it. If you or a flying partner needs a confidential ear, please call us at 1-800-424-2406 or find your local EAP representatives’ contact information at 
unitedafa.org. Remember, we’re just a phone call away.  

International Purser Opt Out Extended 

The company has extended the October monthly opt-out window to close on Thursday, Sep 10 at 0800 CT. To request for an opt-out, please visit CCS > Schedule > FSL Opt-Out Request

It is anticipated that additional opt-out requests above the contractual 2% obligation will be available at EWR, IAD, LHR and ORD

1-2-& 3-month Special COLAs - Deadline extended to Friday, September 11, 2020

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

Vacation 2021 Bidding Starts with Vacation Accrual Letters

Within a matter of weeks, the Vacation 2021 process will begin with the issuance of 2021 Vacation Accrual Letters which will be available no later than September 25, 2020. These can be located by logging in to CCS > Vacation-> My Vacation. From here, select “To view optional election, click here”. The following information will be displayed: 

·      Your vacation accrual seniority date as of August 29, 2020. 

  • Your 2020 base vacation accrual is determined by your vacation accrual seniority date 
  • Your paid activity, by each quarter in the 2019-2020 Vacation Accrual Year, to be used in determining your vacation accrual for the 2021 Vacation year 
  • Your 2021 vacation accrual, in days and hours 
  • For newly hired Flight Attendants, quarterly paid activity will not be shown because new hire Flight Attendants accrue one vacation day for each full month of continuous employment during the remainder of the vacation accrual year after the date of initial employment. 

Detailed information concerning the annual vacation process will be available once the 2021 Vacation Booklet has been published and will be available soon on our website, www.unitedafa.org Additional information on the various processes associated with vacation bidding will be provided over the course of the next few weeks in our weekly E-lines publications. 

 Call Wait Times for Benefits Service Center – Use of the Accolade Health & Fitness App

We’ve heard from many of you about the continuing problems you have reported in reaching a representative at United’s Benefits Service Center.   We continue to bring this issue to the attention of United management and have shared some of the unreasonable call wait times many of you have reported while waiting to get benefits questions answered.

In an effort to reduce call wait times, we want to remind everyone of the Accolate Health & Fitness Appthat can be downloaded from the App Store. This tool is very helpful in obtaining claim information for High Deductible, PPO and EPO medical plans.    This device, however, cannot be used to obtain claim information for AETNA, HMO or post Medicare coverage.

In addition, you can obtain information from the company’s website and the YBR Chat feature where representatives are available from 7:00A to 7:00P CT, Monday through Fridayor via Secure E-mail through YBR.

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