E-Lines: March 30, 2021
March 30, 2021
Second Trimester 2021 CBT Completion Deadline
As we enter the month of April, Trimester 2 CBT training is well in progress. While by now we are all comfortable with the new trimester format, there are still issues that may arise from a technical standpoint. In the event of a system error, completed work may be unrecorded. Protect yourself and your time by keeping records of the dates and times of completed modules.
By taking a photo of the completed module screen or printing out the email showing you have completed all the required training you are protecting yourself from any system deletions or glitches. Should the system not properly record your work, you are in a position to provide documentation of completion and get the records corrected.
The current Second Trimester 2021 CBT is due on April 29, 2021.
Local Council Meeting in Advance of Spring 2021 Regular MEC Meeting
Throughout the month of April, Local Council leaders across the system will be conducting Local Meetings. These meetings are being scheduled to coincide with the upcoming Spring Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) that will be held in Chicago on April 20 – 22. Additional details, including location will be coming soon. We encourage Members to witness our democratic process by attending their Local Council Meeting. Because of social distancing requirements from the COVID-19 pandemic and in light of limited space, we expect that attendance at the upcoming MEC meeting will be limited.
Due to social distancing parameters and other shelter in place orders by location, some Local Council Meetings are taking place electronically. For specific inquiries regarding dates, time, and the platform for your Local Meeting, please contact your Local Council directly.
Update Your Contact Information on CCS and Flying Together
Given the recent changes in status for many of our Members driven largely by the COVID-19 pandemic, which have changed the living circumstances for many of us, now might be the perfect time to remind everyone to verify all your contact information is current in CCS and in company records via Flying Together.
To verify your current address and contact information on CCS: Select your name drop down menu in the upper right-hand corner > click My Information. Review your recorded contact information for up to three (3) telephone contact options as well as any personal email information you would like to place on record with the company. If, during your review, you determine that changes/additions are necessary, select the edit icon. Make any updates and select save.
To ensure your information is correct on Flying Together: Select your name from the upper right-hand corner > Edit My Info > Select your contact info from the menu on the left of the page. Review your contact information and make any necessary changes.
It is important to understand that if you have moved and are living at a different address where different state or local taxes may apply, you are advised to update your address information using the following link:
Flying Together >> Employee Services >> My Info/Managers Tool Box >> Personal Details (tile)
From this same location on the Employee Services tab, if you need to amend your tax withholding information (i.e. number of dependents), you are also able to obtain access to W4 forms to modify that information.
Taking a moment to review your information is a good practice to keep everything as accurate and up-to-date as possible. This will help to avoid any issues later in the year if withholding changes were necessary due to a change in your number of dependents.
United Returns to JFK
As we begin to see recovery of the travel industry driven in large part by the introduction and availability of several COVID-19 vaccine options, we are witnessing the first of many opportunities for United to re-establish our presence in certain markets. For example, United has made the strategic decision to resume operations in New York at JFK. This means United will now operate out of all three of the major New York area airports.
While these days it may be hard to find things to celebrate, this is a huge win for our airline and initial indication that brighter days for our industry are on the horizon. In celebration of our home coming to JFK, this past Sunday two of Manhattan's skyscrapers glowed United blue welcoming us home to JFK since we ceased operations in October 2015.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our industry, our efforts to secure the PSP have positioned United well in being able to take advantage of these opportunities to restore service. While we are not completely out of the woods yet, we hope the beacons of light will serve as a reminder that there is a bright future ahead for our Airline and our industry.
Reciprocal Cabin Jumpseat (CJA) In-Depth Review
Reciprocal CJA Clarified
Last year, AFA announced that we had achieved reciprocal cabin jumpseat agreements, effective June 1, 2020 with some United Express (UAX) Carriers. The agreement reached allows Flight Attendants from those designated carriers to jumpseat on United flights, and where an additional jumpseat is available, for United Flight Attendants to jumpseat on the UAX aircraft that are operating within the United system.
>> Read more on Reciprocal Cabin Jumpseat Agreements
CJA- How to Identify the Number of Available Jumpseats
Whether commuting for work or for leisure travel, knowing how to determine the number of available open jumpseats can be very useful in planning our travel accordingly.
The Fleet Reference Guide can be found on Flying Together >> My Work >> Fleet Guide is a resource that displays all aircraft configurations, aircraft numbers, capacity and total number of jumpseats. The Fleet Reference Guide is found in multiple locations:
Link – Content Locker- Fleet Reference Guide
Flying Together>>My Work>>Fleet Guide
SHARES-Enter “GG JUMP FLEET” & then “submit”
>> Read more on how to identify the number of available jumpseats
CJA on Weight Restricted Flights – Contractually Protected
Section 3.A. of our JCBA ensures that Flight Attendants following established procedures when requesting Cabin Jumpseat Authority (CJA) will not be denied boarding on weight restricted flights when cabin jumpseats are available.
>> Read more on CJA on Weight Restricted Flights
CJA Listing and Award Procedures
As negotiated, Section 3.A. of our Contract provides Flight Attendants with access to and the use of the cabin jumpseat (CJA). And, while the use of CJA is subject to company regulations, policies, and procedures, which includes the ability for Flight Attendants to list for both non-revenue standby and jumpseat authority at the same time on the same flight. Additional information regarding our contractual cabin jumpseat (CJA) privileges can be found in Section 3.A of our current Contract.
>> Read more on CJA Listing and Award Procedures
For more information, please contact your Local Council Office
The deadline to submit for educational scholarships is fast approaching. As a reminder, there are two scholarship opportunities through AFA and CWA available in addition to the Gina Montalto Memorial Foundation Scholarship.
The AFA Scholarship Fund is intended to provide financial assistance to dependents of our active members who will be attending college or university. Applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2021.
The Joe Beirne Scholarship offered by CWA is available to AFA Members as well as dependents. The deadline for applications is April 30.
You can learn more about the scholarships by visiting: AFA-CWA Scholarships, the Gina Rose Montalto Scholarship and the Joe Beirne Scholarship.
Reminders and Quick Links
April 5 - Special COLA Bidding Closes 0800 CT
Special COLA Information Packets
April 5 – Easter Monday Paid Holiday U.K.
April 10 – The Association of Flight Attendants- CWA Scholarship closes
April 18 – Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation Scholarships
April 29 - Second Trimester 2021 CBT 2–Due Date
April 30 – Joe Beirne Scholarship Closes