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E-Lines: February 23, 2021

Date: February 23, 2021

Voluntary Furloughs Awarded – Furlough Mitigations Partnerships Closing Tomorrow at Noon CT

As we continue our work in pushing for an extension of PSP, a parallel line of work is ongoing as we prepare for any potential furloughs by utilizing the Voluntary Furlough language in our Contract.  The Voluntary Furlough bid window closed on Monday and Voluntary Furloughs have been awarded system wide.

As a reminder, Voluntary Furloughs provide Flight Attendants senior to the Involuntary Furlough Line with the ability to take time away from our profession.  In doing so, their willingness to take time away results in the movement of the “safe” line down ultimately protecting a fellow Flight Attendant from an Involuntary Furlough.

The Furlough Mitigation Partnership bids close tomorrow, February 24 at 12 PM CT, and will be awarded by 1700 PM CT. Partnership awards are limited to Flight Attendants that fall at or above the resultant Involuntary Furlough cut off.

With any extension to the PSP, all Furloughs - Voluntary and Involuntary as well as Furlough Mitigation Partnerships will be rescinded and Flight Attendants will be returned to flight status through the end of September 2021. Please continue to call your elected Members of Congress to advocate for the PSP and keep us all in the air.

Disaster Relief for Texas Residents

Flight Attendants in Texas have been combating the devastation of the recent winter storm. Our sisters and brothers are dealing with food shortages, hypothermia, flooding, damage to their homes and more.

President Biden signed a major disaster declaration for over 70 Texas counties. This triggered support for our Disaster Relief Fund, which operates from the generosity of other Flight Attendants and supporters. We need your help now to ensure our Sisters and Brothers in Texas get the aid they need.

If you are a Flight Attendant living in any of the affected counties and have suffered significant damages and/or relocation as a result of the disaster, get help from the AFA-CWA Disaster Relief Fund.

If you are able and would like to help your flying partners during the recovery, Donate to the AFA-CWA Disaster Fund. No donation is too big or too small.

AFA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is also available to help Members dealing with the ongoing storm in Texas. Call anytime 800-424-2406.

Fleet Update: 777

As first responders we have been trained to act in the face of emergency. We come to work every day, every trip with the full knowledge that we are tasked with ensuring the safety of our flight and the passengers in our care. There is no better example of this than the recent events involving flight 328 from DEN to HNL on this past Saturday.  The crew of Flight 328 DEN-HNL on Saturday, worked together and achieved a safe landing with no injuries reported.

United has opted to take a proactive step and will voluntarily be removing 24 of the 777-200 aircraft with the Pratt and Whitney engines from service. Flight crews originally scheduled to work on the 777-200 configuration should be prepared for work position and jumpseat changes when aircraft substitutions occur. We recommend these changes be addressed in advance of crew boarding so that Flight Attendants will be prepared to review changes to work positions while ensuring all FAA minimum crew jumpseats are assigned. 

PSP Extension - It’s Not Done Yet

The successful passing of PSP this past December, brought thousands of Flight Attendant back to work. It connected us to our jobs and perhaps most importantly to our health & wellness benefits. The most recent extension of the PSP ends as of March 31, 2021 unless we successfully secure our third extension.

We have made significant headway being included in the current language and now we need to urge Congress – the House and the Senate - to VOTE YES in support of the extension and funding proposed by the Biden Administration ultimately extending the PSP through September 2021.  The additional six month extension which secure our employment means we will have our jobs, pay and benefits while simultaneously workung to help the industry and the countries we serve to recover.

Our industry has been instrumental in delivering the COVID-19 Vaccine across the country and around the world supporting vaccination of as many individuals as possible. Once it becomes safe for individuals to travel for business and pleasure, we need to be ready to connect the world again, facilitating travel while boosting both the domestic and global economies through business and tourism.

Amanda ORD Based – “PSP means to me that I can keep myself heathy and safe during a pandemic. Without my United Health & Wellness benefits I am left to pay the full cost of prescription medications costing over $1300 that are needed for my personal well-being. I have been with United for 5 years and this is my dream career. My employment has been short to date and I had only just begun to formulate a backup plan and build an emergency savings fund to pay my mortgage and feed myself during periods of adversity.

“PSP extension ensures that I and thousands of my coworkers will not lose our homes, healthcare or connection to our company. It gives us time to recover from our current hardships while not having to worry where and when our next paycheck will come. I urge Congress to help the millions of aviation workers across America by passing the COVID relief bill with airline aid.”

Submit your photo and testimonial to be added to the voice of protecting our jobs. 

TAKE ACTION: Call, Write Congress

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

"Hello, I am a constituent calling to ask [Representative] /[Senator] to help save my job as an essential worker. Pass COVID Relief and extend the Payroll Support Program for essential aviation workers through September 2021. Keep us connected to our jobs, our paychecks, and our healthcare. Thank you for your urgent attention to this." 

Contract: Don’t Leave Home Without It

When many of us began our careers as Flight Attendants our bags were a little heavier. We carried not only the essentials like our beeper, emergency swim suit and of course our FAOM binder but also a very thick and heavy paper copy of our Contract. 

Times have changed and while we all still pack our emergency swim suit, our beeper has become obsolete, our FAOM was upgraded to the LINK and our Contract became longer and available in a digital format. Now rather than lugging around our paper contract we can easily download it to our smart phones and/or tablets for speedy access and portability.

By downloading a copy of our current Contract, Flight Attendants have their contractual rights not only within reach at all times, but easily searchable. Legality questions? Check your Contract. Hotel questions? Check your Contract. While we expect for Management to honor our Contract at all times, the reality with the many changes in personnel some just aren’t as familiar with the provisions as we may be. Mistakes happen. Therefore, it falls on each of us to know our basic contractual rights and advocate when there is a discrepancy or violation.

You are the first line of defense in protecting our Contract. When you advocate to protect your contractual rights, you are helping to defend hard fought language resulting from years of negotiations and unique labor history.

Always carry your Contract. Hard copies are available in your domicile and an electronic version is also available to download to your LINK, personal mobile device or laptop computer. To download your copy visit Unitedafa.org and click on the Contract tab which is located on main menu navigation bar at the top of the web page.

Reminders and Quick Links
February 24 – Furlough Mitigation Partnership Closes at Noon CT
February 24 - Furlough Mitigation Partnership Awarded by 1700 CT
February 26 – Notification of Involuntary Furloughs
March 2 – March Schedule Month Begins
March 14 – U.S. Daylight Savings Time Begins
April 30 – Joe Beirne Scholarship Closes

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