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AFA Debrief: September 10, 2021

Date: September 10, 2021

Spouse/Domestic Partner Re-verification Audit and GAP Audit Concluded – Last Chance Opportunity

As we previously reported, United’s Benefits Service Center has been conducting a two-tiered process to verify dependents.  These processes, the Spouse/Domestic Partner Re-verification Audit and the GAP Audit, both had a targeted deadline date for action of August 26, 2021.  We recognize this date has passed and we’ve heard from some of you that you may have inadvertently missed the stated deadline.

We are encouraged that United management has been working with those individuals who may have missed the deadline and is extending a very limited opportunity to provide the required documentation.   While not widely broadcast, United is reaching out to each of the employees who have failed to respond to the requirements of the audit via targeted communication sent to your company (or preferred) e-mail address as well as via U.S. Mail to your address of record with the company.

Over the course of the next couple of days, we strongly encourage you to review your corporate e-mail and to carefully review your incoming U.S. mail to avoid missing or misunderstanding the notice as some form of “junk mail.”

You must act expeditiously and no later than the close of business on Monday, September 13, 2021.  Failure to respond to this request for information will result in the cancellation of benefits, which will occur at the end of September.   Once benefits are cancelled, your only alternative to restore benefits will be through the appeal process which can be lengthy.

If you’re not sure if you’ve been advised of the need to participate, go to Flying Together >> My Work >> YBR (Your Benefits Resources) to verify if there is a message advising you that action is required for continued coverage under United’s Benefits Plans.

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council Office.

Update Global Entry Passport Information

Many Flight Attendants have come to rely on the Global Entry program to make reentering the United States easier and our Contract provides reimbursement for the governmental fees associated with this convenient program.  For Global Entry to process your entrance at the border correctly, your passport information must be current and accurate in the Global Entry system.

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.  Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program and must create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account to join the program. 

All Global Entry members must update their passport information through their TTP account anytime their passport information changes, such as a passport renewal.  To update your passport information, log in and Click on “Update Documents.” If the passport update involves a name change, you must visit a Global Entry enrollment center to update your information. 

The fee for Global Entry is reimbursed via Concur similar to any other qualified expense.

For further information about Global Entry visit https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry.

Deadline Approaching to Protest System Seniority List Errors or Omissions

The Flight Attendant Semi-Annual System Seniority List was published recently and the deadline for submitting a protest concerning any error or omission affecting your seniority is fast approaching.  You have a maximum of 30 calendar days from August 19, 2021 to dispute any alleged omission or error that affects your seniority.

As provided in our contract under Section 14.C., this seniority list is available at all stations where Flight Attendants are based for their review.  It is also accessible on Flying Together under Inflight > Crew Scheduling > Semi-Annual System Seniority List.

If you believe there is an error or omission that affects your seniority, please contact your Local Council Office or the Office of the United MEC Secretary-Treasurer immediately.

Additional information is available in our Contract under Section 14 and on our website at www.unitedafa.org

Double Check COVID-19 Vaccination Status on Flying Together

Company policy requires all Flight Attendants without an approved medical or religious accommodation to be vaccinated and to upload proof of such vaccination via their vaccine card by September 27, 2021.

To check your current status: Log in to Flying Together then Select the “APPS” Tiles in the upper right-hand corner.  Select vaccine pass from the drop-down menu.  The system response will be a new screen displaying your company vaccination status.  A screen with a check mark in a green band is the indication that your COVID-19 vaccination records have been successfully processed.

Reminders and Dates:
Sep 10 - Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Holiday
Sep 11 - First Responders Day
Sep 27 – Last Day to Receive the J & J Vaccine
Sep 27 – Vaccination Record Becomes Required Duty Item for All Flight Attendants

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