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AFA Debrief: August 17, 2022

Date: August 17, 2022

AFA Debrief – August 17, 2022


  • FPS Update August 5-12 Update
  • #reUnited
  • National Aviation Week 2022
  • Welcome New Hire Class 2224


FPS August 5–12 Update

The results from the second week of our Flight Attendant Promoter Score (FPS) have been posted on our dedicated AFAFPS.ORG website. For the week of August 5-12, 2022 United management scored a -96, which unfortunately, is less favorable than last week.

We will go into more detail about holding management accountable and agreeing to solutions that are non-concessionary and work for Flight Attendants later this week. But for today, we encourage you to continue to provide your survey feedback each week. This is not a one-and-done situation, we need you to participate for each weekly period to provide the most representative score we can achieve. Participation has been robust, and we need to keep that momentum going!

Remember, we want your honest feedback. If you’ve had a good experience with United management in the areas we provide the statements on, that should be reflected in your responses. We are providing a direct voice from you to management on exactly what needs to be addressed to improve the FPS.

Take the survey today, encourage your flying partners to do the same. Promote the promoter score and continue our solidarity to achieve solutions that work for Flight Attendants.



#reUnited: Bringing our Colleagues Home

When we talk about our Union, it is important to remember, our Union is collectively all of us. Each of us, individually and collective, are the power behind all that we do: the more we stand together, the stronger we are and the more we can achieve, together.

As Union Members and Flight Attendants, we are a community of individuals with shared values where we work to take care of and protect each other, through good times and bad. As is often said, “A harm to one is a harm to all.”

Many of us are not only aware of the plight of those Flight Attendants who were formerly based at the now closed domiciles in FRA, HKG and NRT, we know these individuals personally. They are our friends and colleagues and that they are no longer with us is felt by many of us. Each of us can easily sympathize with their situation and can easily imagine what it would be like to suddenly lose the connection to friends, our livelihood and our way of life.

#reUnited

Of all the many crises in our industry that we have collectively overcome, perhaps the most impactful was the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. Flight Attendants came together as never before to support not only our airline, but each other, increasing the likelihood of our survival.

We came together and successfully lobbied for essential protection under the Payroll Support Program and collectively participated in the largest and most successful voluntary reduction in manpower ever seen at this airline. In the absence of these collective efforts, United would have had to make different decisions setting our course to survival on a completely different course. While we now enjoy the good fortune of remaining connected to our airline on a course to success, not all Flight Attendants were as lucky.

Closed, and nowhere to go:

When demand for international air travel collapsed in March 2020, United responded by announcing the closure of the International bases at FRA, HKG, and NRT, effective October 2020. Flight Attendants at these bases were told that they could relocate to a base in the U.S., but that’s only an option for those having the necessary documents to work from a base in the U.S. Hundreds of our flying partners, with no documents enabling them to work from the U.S. and no recourse, lost their jobs and were separated from United. These were long serving contributors to the success of airline who contributed to our growth in lands far from our homes. These Flight Attendants made a difference for our airline.

Seven Months Remain for Action:

On October 28, 2020, United Airlines and AFA negotiated an agreement which allows for Flight Attendants from the closed International bases to be rehired if they obtained documentation to work from a base in the U.S. or if United announced vacancies in London (or any new international base) by March 31, 2023. This deadline is fast approaching and our AFA Members need our help!

United is hiring:

As the Coronavirus pandemic slows and there has been a tremendous resurge in demand for air travel, United has announced the most significant expansion in the history of our airline and is now seeking staff to help cover both the current operation and prepare for our future growth. These are trained, highly qualified, competent individuals who but for a small bit of training and the opportunity, are ready, willing and able to contribute to our growth and success from day one.

Management – it’s time to be #reUnited:

Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we worked collaboratively with management to find solutions that kept the airline going. Many Flight Attendants made personal sacrifices by taking Special COLAs, Partnership Flying, the Furlough Mitigation Program and Furloughs. Management claims that everyone who wanted to come back has been returned, but unfortunately, this is simply NOT true. The coronavirus crisis won’t be over until everyone has been able to return, including this group of trained, professional Flight Attendants who are ready to come back to work. United, it’s time to make this right!

Watch their story:

Please take a moment to watch their video and learn first-hand from our colleagues about what happened to them when United closed their base, and how they are waiting for the opportunity to rejoin the United family. Help by sharing this story using #reUnited.


National Aviation Week 2022

This week (August 15-21, 2022) is National Aviation Week, and the 9/11 Memorial & Museum will mark the week by providing free Museum access to crewmembers both active and retired.

Throughout the week, the Museum will feature flight crew-themed auditorium programming to highlight this chapter in aviation history and share these stories with Museum visitors.

Active and retired crewmembers are invited to visit the Museum for free during regular operating hours from August 15–21, 2022. You may reserve your ticket using this exclusive link.

On the day of your visit, you may pick up your ticket at the box office and will be asked to show your flight crew credentials to receive your free tickets. The Memorial is open daily from 10am-5pm and the Museum is open Thursday-Monday from 10am-5pm. Last entry to the Museum is at 3:30pm.

AFA appreciates this week of recognition and focus on the role of our heroes during the events of September 11th. We encourage the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to recognize aviation's first responders year-round as we continue to serve in the wake of September 11th with the responsibility as aviation's last line of defense. The AFA Honor Guard will lay flowers at the memorial on September 11th.

Welcome New Hire Class 2224

We are excited to welcome our newest flying partners from class 2224 as part of our Flight Attendant community. Our newest flying partners will begin their careers at bases in BOS, IAD, IAH, ORD and SFO.

We encourage you to welcome each of them as we work through the peak of the summer season, help them learn from your experience, and get them started on a path to success and adventure in their new career.

Please remember that our newest Members are on probation. To ensure that they receive the most accurate information to support them, direct them to their Local Council for assistance on Contractual issues.

And if you would like to become an AFA Buddy, reach out to your Local Council to learn how you can become part of this vital link to their success.

Reminders:

August 19 – National Aviation Day
August 26 – Women’s Equality Day
September 5 – Labor Day
September 11 – September 11 Remembrance

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