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E-Lines: May 14, 2021

Date: May 14, 2021

CDC Updates Mask Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced today in updated public health guidance, that If you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.

The CDC states that in general, people are considered fully vaccinated:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

There are a handful of instances where people will still need to wear masks — in a health-care setting or at a business that requires them — even if they’ve had their final vaccine dose two or more weeks ago, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters at a press briefing today. “Fully vaccinated people will also still need to wear masks on airplanes, buses, trains and other public transportation, she said.”

Onboard Service Expansion

Cautiously and with optimism, we may be beginning to see the “new normal of aviation and travel.” It is true that vaccine distribution has expanded and as more people become vaccinated, we will continue toward herd immunity and ultimately the goal of better controlling the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

Despite this hopeful news, the pandemic is far from over. We all must accept that the world is not reopening for business and travel because the danger has passed, it is reopening because many of us have learned successfully how to manage being in proximity to others effectively while, at the same time, remaining safe. 

As we are a part of a much larger global transportation community, it is up to us to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on the airplane and amidst the traveling public.

Unfortunately, many states continue to roll back social distancing and mask guidelines in favor of more relaxed standards. Those same passengers with a higher risk of exposure, many of whom are also declining to be vaccinated, are flying on our planes.

United announced Wednesday, May 12, that they would begin the next phase of onboard service by reintroducing the sale of alcoholic beverages beginning June the 1st in addition to the return of food sale availability and complimentary meals beginning June 15. For us, this means extended and potentially increased contact with passengers contact throughout our workday.

More interaction with passengers through the distribution of various service items and ultimately the collection of these used items and the food packaging refuse raises the potential for contact with passengers some of who may be COVID-19 asymptomatic or unvaccinated.

We continue to share your concerns as it relates to those passengers who are still having issues with general mask compliance.  In many cases, these passengers are unwilling to follow the “dip and sip” guidelines and continue to remove their mask for the duration of their meal, or snack, despite polite but firm, requests from working crew, to remain complaint. 

We understand the pressure United is under to return to profitability and to match the food and beverage sales of our competitors. Our ongoing advocacy for all phases of flight has been for United not to implement changes that put Flight Attendants at risk. To that end, just as we’ve said all along, if you encounter issues with mask compliance (or any compliance), we need to document these.  If, as a result of the return of more alcohol and food, we are seeing an increase in non-compliance, it needs to be documented. 

We have been clear that mask compliance becomes more difficult when alcohol is introduced.  And while we may need to live with the reality of alcohol returning, we should not be required to live with the consequences of being the mask police when people use poor or impaired judgement. United’s number one priority has consistently been to safety which we will continue to insist includes keeping us safe while providing us the tools and support we need to make that happen.

Master List of Codes

Flight Attendants seeking the description of the CCS codes seen on our Master Schedule are encouraged to review the List of Master Codes guide provided on our website. 

You can also find the guide in the Content Locker of your Link and on Flying Together > One United > Reference Guides.

This Master list includes the short and full description of the codes as well as the locations within CCS where the code is visible.

Information regarding the various Pay Register Codes can be found at the end of the Pay Guide.

 If you need additional assistance with codes or help understanding them, please contact your Local Council.

United’s Employment Verification & Salary Information

United Airlines has streamlined the process of assisting Flight Attendants with Employment Verification & salary information. Employees may go through the Work Number – an automated service available 24 hours a day which provides verification of status and dates of employment along with wages within minutes.

For a verifier to view salary information, the employee must first grant the verifier permission to access their employment information.

To do this, the employee must obtain an authorization or “Salary Key” by visiting the work number website or the employee may call the Work Number directly at 800-367-2884. Verifiers will be required to sign up for this subscription-based service if they are not already members.

Once the employee grants access, the verifier must contact the Work Number telephone number designated for verifier access800 367 5690.

To verify employment and/or wages, verifiers will need to provide the following information that is to be supplied by the employee:

  • Company Name - United Airlines or Continental Airlines for salary information prior to 2015*
  • Employee’s Social Security number
  • United’s Unique Employer Code: 10209
  • Salary Key*

Note: “Income Verification” data for employees paid through Continental systems prior to 2015 can be accessed using Employer Code 10775 - “Continental Airlines”- Historical Pay Data.

Verifiers electing to use this service will be able to access the following information when provided the proper credentials by the employee:

  • Work Street Address
  • Social Security Number
  • Employment Status
  • Date of Hire
  • Years of Employment
  • Job Title
  • Rate of Pay*
  • Yearly Pay Salary*

If you have additional questions, please contact your base supervisor for assistance.

AAPI Heritage Month: Larry Dulay Itliong

Larry Itliong was a native of San Nicolas, Philippines and as one of six children he received only a sixth-grade education. In 1929, at only 15 years old, he immigrated to the United States. His heart was set on becoming an attorney and seeking justice for the poor. But the poverty he lived through and violent racism he and other Filipinos encountered all but barred him from getting the education he initially sought. He never became an attorney, but he became a storied Filipino-American labor leader and organizer, leading labor organizations in Alaska and throughout the West Coast.

He began by recruiting more than a thousand new members to join the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee (AWOC). His success was so remarkable, that Union leaders asked him to help organize Filipino grape workers where, on September 7, 1965, he convinced those workers at Filipino Hall to vote to go on strike.  The strike began the next day and more than 2,000 Filipino farmworkers, members of AWOC, abandoned the vineyards, demanding $1.40 an hour, 25 cents a box and the right to form a Union.

Itliong’s passion motivated him to contact the Mexican farmworkers, and advocated for their two groups to work together.  In a unanimous vote the Mexicans joined the Filipinos. A year later, AWOC and NFWA merged to become the United Farm Workers (UFW).

The Delano Grape Strike lasted for five years, but instead of sharing the recognition of the Mexican co-founder, Cesar Chavez, Itliong faded into the shadows of history.  Many historians agree that this strike was one of the most important social justice and economic movements in American history.

Itliong’s passion for organizing took him to Alaska where he worked to organize cannery and agricultural Unions helping to establish the Alaska Cannery Workers Unions. During his time there, in a cannery accident, he lost three fingers earning him the nickname “Seven Fingers”. Regrettably, many in the labor industry as well as many in the Filipino-American community, are unaware of Itliong’s crucial efforts in organizing the strike and supporting the workers.

Itliong was known for his signature cigar smoking, his gift for language which bridged trust with many workers from all backgrounds and his distinguished service in the U.S. Army during WWII. His path eventually took him towards politics, where he continued to leave an indelible and valuable mark on our history. 

He was a delegate at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, led the AFL-CIO Union Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and in retirement served as the President of the Filipino American Political Association

The contribution of the Filipino laborers and Itliong was not properly recognized until 1995 in a memorial honoring Filipino American farmworkers. As we continue the month honoring the contributions of our AAPI Sisters and Brothers we remind everyone that Unions were built and fortified by immigrants from all walks of life. Without the hard work of people like Itliong, we would not have the influence, strength and unity we have today.

Reminders and Quick Links

May – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May – Mental Health Awareness Month
May 17 – Tax Day
May 31 – Memorial Day


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