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AFA DEBRIEF: March 04, 2022

Date: March 4, 2022

AFA Debrief March 4, 2022

  • Resolution of Support for the People of Ukraine and Stand for Peace
  • Women’s History Month 2022 - Providing Healing and Promoting Hope
  • Update on our Representational Rights and Members
  • Backing Up Flight Attendants and the Federal Mask Mandate
  • AFA Voluntary Benefits Open Enrollment Period – March 15 – April 15, 2022
  • Protecting Passenger Service Agents
  • AFA Scholarship Fund Applications Due April 10, 2022
  • April One Month Special COLA Program
  • Second Trimester CBT Now Available

Resolution of Support for the People of Ukraine and Stand for Peace

As a symbol of our support for the people of Ukraine and all who stand with them, our AFA Executive Board Unanimously Adopted a Resolution of support for the People of Ukraine.  

RESOLUTION

WHEREAS a peaceful world is central to freedom, free movement, and equality – all central principles to the mission of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA and directly the job security of our Members.


THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the AFA-CWA Executive Board strongly condemns the premeditated act of aggression by Russia against the people of Ukraine; and,


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, war is inherently violent, deadly, and destructive, and we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and all those impacted by this conflict; and,


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we also stand in solidarity with the people of Russia who are courageously protesting the actions of their government; and,


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we appreciate the Biden Administration and other allies’ persistent diplomatic efforts to avoid an unnecessary war and encourage him to lead a coordinated, multilateral response to Russia’s actions, including a humanitarian effort to support refugees fleeing any fighting; and,


BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that as a symbol of our support for the people of Ukraine and all who stand with them, we encourage AFA-CWA members to wear blue and yellow ribbons under our AFA pin and we will continue to stay closely informed on developments in Ukraine and around the world to ensure AFA members are aware of any impact to our jobs and/or threats to our world-wide security.

Unanimously Adopted
February 28, 2022


Read the full
Resolution on our website at www.unitedafa.org.


Women’s History Month 2022 - Providing Healing and Promoting Hope

"More and more women are realizing that only collective strength and action will allow us to be free to fight for the kind of society that meets basic human needs." - Roxanne Dunbar.

During the month of March, we celebrate women who have made history, those in leadership roles, and the accomplishments made by women every day. This year, the National Women’s History Alliance established a theme, "Providing healing, promoting hope.”  Women are, by nature, optimistic and through this theme, we can capture and highlight the achievements that have changed lives.

Women have been fighting to improve and enhance their quality of life for centuries. On February 28, 1909, in New York City, the First Women’s History Day was marked in the United States. This day was made to commemorate the New York shirtwaist strike, led by over 15,000 women who marched for the garment factory workers through lower Manhattan, protesting their working conditions. This is one of many instances where the solidarity of the masses has made a significant difference in our world.

From our foremothers fighting for women’s equality in 1848, to the establishment of Women’s History Month in 1987, we acknowledge and highlight the tireless work of women. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was one of the first pioneers for women’s rights and suffrage. In 1848 she spearheaded the first Woman’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, writing the Declaration of Sentiments. Through her advocacy for women's suffrage, she collaborated with Susan B. Anthony, actively fighting for the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery. Their dedication to women’s suffrage continued as they founded the National Woman Suffrage Association (NWSA) in 1869, merging with the American Woman Suffrage Association (AWSA) in 1890 to create the National American Woman Suffrage Association. The NWSA sought a constitutional amendment to secure the vote for women, and also supported various reforms that aimed to make women equal members of society.

Women are resilient, creative, innovative, tenacious, and most importantly, powerful, especially when standing together. Women resemble any number of bold qualities, and through their actions and unification, they demonstrate just how valiant they can be.

As an organization created by ambitious pioneering leaders, the founders of our union (the fab five) took control to form a strong union and support all members to this day.  AFA proudly supports women and their impact on our industry and across the world. We are honored to use this month to recognize the historical accomplishments of working women, the dynamic push for women’s equality, and the powerhouse females who today continue to shatter the glass ceiling.


Update on our Representational Rights and Members

As we previously reported, AFA and United management have an active dispute over the investigation and terminations of AFA union representatives acting in the course of their representation of Flight Attendants at United Airlines. AFA has grieved the termination of these individual Flight Attendants as well as nine other Flight Attendants terminated in IAD and EWR.  This week, AFA and United reached an agreement on an expedited process to schedule these arbitrations before a neutral arbitrator.  This will allow these terminations, as well as the important underlying issues of union rights, to be heard promptly by an outside arbitrator.


Backing Up Flight Attendants and the Federal Mask Mandate

Masks.  The word itself elicits a response that can best be described as exhausting.  Talking about the pros and the cons of wearing or not wearing a mask, our efforts at enforcement of the federal transportation mask mandate, and the controversy with which we are faced every day we go to work all can be simply overwhelming regardless of which side of the issue on which we may individually stand.  

Nonetheless, the federal transportation mask mandate is in place through March 18, 2022.

Recognizing the diversity of our Membership, we are aware some AFA members have said they want it extended while others have said they would prefer it was not. Either way, as long as it is in place Flight Attendants are charged with managing it on the plane.  AFA continues to advise the public of the role of Flight Attendants, so they are not focusing frustrations on the crew, in response to any of our safety instructions. AFA’s focus is backing up Flight Attendants who are simply doing our job.

Regrettably, this week there has been misinformation and inaccurate reporting in the press, which has since been corrected but that nevertheless has created confusion on where AFA stands on the issue. On Thursday, February 17, our union received questions from a handful of reporters asking if we heard whether the mask mandate would be extended. AFA International responded that we were hearing it may be extended in the near term based on the following certain conditions specific to aviation.

  • The airplane is a unique, but controlled environment for everyone’s safety.
  • Our youngest passengers do not yet have access to the vaccine.
  • Safety procedures are typically harmonized around the world.
  • Passenger confidence in the safety of air travel is critical.

None of this was news.  However, only one of those reporters used our response, but misrepresented what had been said. The story incorrectly claimed AFA had taken a position on extending the mask policy. We had not. A week later this incorrect report traveled throughout media outlets, blogs, and social media. AFA worked hard to get these inaccurate reports corrected and we were successful.

We want everyone to know, our focus remains on ensuring Flight Attendants receive the support to which we are entitled to doing our job and those violent passengers are kept off of our aircraft.


AFA Voluntary Benefits Open Enrollment Period – March 15 – April 15, 2022

It is that time of year when open enrollment for voluntary supplemental benefits will occur.    AFA routinely surveys the insurance marketplace to ensure our Members have an opportunity to consider valuable and competitively priced products.

As we have done in past years, we are pleased to offer enhanced plans to all United AFA Members in partnership with Allstate Products through Design Benefits and Continental American Insurance Company (CAIC) products through National Group Protection.

The following is an overview of the products that will be available during this year’s enrollment period:


 Coverage questions should be directed to the insurance providers directly at the contacts listed above.


Protecting Passenger Service Agents

Violence against airline employees has increased to unprecedented and unacceptable levels over the past two years. These employees, who are on the front lines of this pandemic, have unjustly labored under the threat of abuse and physical harm from unruly passengers unwilling to comply with COVID-19 masking measures or directions from airline and security staff, or who attempt to board aircraft while intoxicated and belligerent.

We can all be part of addressing this issue.  Add your name and ask the Justice Department to expeditiously act and protect passenger service agents.


AFA Scholarship Fund Applications Due April 10, 2022

The Association of Flight Attendants Scholarship Fund is intended to provide financial assistance to dependents of our members attending a college or university. A dependent of an AFA member in good standing seeking to further their education at an accredited college or university qualifies.

Any recipient may reapply for this scholarship each year until graduation up to a maximum of four years. Scholarship Fund applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2022. The applications can be downloaded here.  Once completed, applications must be returned to the following address:

Association of Flight Attendants Scholarship Fund
P. O. Box 56
Hartwood, VA.  22471-0056

Applications will not be considered unless they are complete with the following:

1.     Applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2022

2.     Three (3) written references attached

3.     Transcripts, grades, and SAT/ACT (if available) scores must be included

For more information and requirements, please visit AFA-CWA website.


April One Month Special COLA Program

Inflight Scheduling has determined that there may be opportunities to award one-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective for the April 2022 bid month. The number of Special COLAs to be awarded has not yet been determined.

Timeline for Bidding and Awards of April 2022 Special COLAs

Bids Open

Friday, February 25, 2022

Bids Close

Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at 08:00 a.m. Central Time

Awards Posted

Before the April bid month begins


For further details regarding this Special COLA, please refer to the "April 2022 One Month Special COLA Program Information" documents found on Flying Together.

Additionally, please review Sections 15.C. and 15.N. of our Contract for further details associated with a Special COLA. This Special COLA will include medical benefits at active employee rates.

Flight Attendants interested in this Special COLA should submit their bid via CCS under the "Leaves" drop-down menu select - Special COLA. For more information on how to apply for a Special COLA in CCS, please review the Special COLA Overview section (starting on page 10) in the "COLA, Jobshare and Multiple Month Partnership Overview" located on Flying Together.

Flight Attendants awarded the April one-month Special COLA will be required to complete any overlapping assignments and must fly the last trip of the March schedule, including overlapping pairings into the April 2022 schedule month. Please refer to 15.C.2 (paragraph 15.B.5) of the JCBA. If you do not wish to fly an overlapping trip you may adjust your schedule through the normal process.


Second Trimester CBT Now Available

The Second Trimester Spring CBT is now available and is required to be completed by April 29, 2022 at 2359 Central Time.

Access the CBT from CCS > Training > TakeOff: Learning. Continue by selecting Continuing Qualifications (CQ) 2022 Spring Trimester > Open Curriculum. This CBT session is anticipated to take approximately three (3) hours to complete.    We will share more information as the quarter advances.

Reminders:

  • Revision #39 is now in effect
  • Return to Daylight Savings Time – March 13, 2022
  • Women in Aviation week March 7-13, 2022
  • International Women’s Day March 8, 2022
  • April 29 – Second Trimester CBT Due

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