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AFA Debrief: March 07, 2024

Date: March 7, 2024

AFA Debrief March 7, 2024

  • Contract Action Team
  • Save the Date! DOA April 11th
  • Women’s History Month
  • Daylight Saving Time Reminder
  • FAA Reauthorization Extension
  • Spring Quarterly CBT Deadline Extended

Contract Action Team

With Negotiations in full swing, the time has come to escalate our fight for a Contract and build momentum among our entire workgroup to take our advocacy to the next level.

We are introducing the Contract Action Team (CAT). These Flight Attendants will work alongside our specially trained InfoReps and will play a crucial role in our mobilization efforts. We will accomplish this by engaging with our flying partners in one-on-one conversations and through correct and accurate information. CAT Volunteers will expand on the mission of the InfoRep program.

Collective Bargaining is a right we have as Union members, but it only works when we use our collective power. At this moment, we have the greatest potential to make significant gains for our careers. Across the entire economy, the corporate elite have taken our time and money for far too long, growing income inequality to the highest levels in 100 years.

Before September 11th, we fought through discrimination and marginalization of what was called “women’s work” to build our careers. After September 11th, corporate thieves used the bankruptcies to strip 81 billion dollars from Union contracts and then consolidated corporate power through mergers while pitting working people against each other to keep us from gaining our fair share of the profits we create.

This is the moment to reclaim our time and our money. Workers from delivery drivers to autoworkers to entertainment and pilots right here in aviation have used their collective power this past year to make historic gains. Unions have never been more popular, and Flight Attendants have never before had so much public support.

 

This is our time and we need everyone to do their part! With Negotiations in full swing, we’re escalating our fight for a Contract.

Join the Contract Action Team (CAT) to work alongside InfoReps and play a crucial role in our mobilization efforts. As a Contract Action Team member your actions will build our power and deny management any efforts to undercut our negotiations:

  1. Wear an AFA Pin and Lanyard to work, to commute, to training and get others to do the same – management needs to see every day we cannot be divided.
  2. You’ll get an advance copy of Negotiations News to be first in the know, and you will share the latest up to date information with our flying partners.
  3. Report back questions and comments. With your help we can squash rumors intended to divide or distract, and promote two-way communication between AFA negotiators, leaders, and Members.
  4. Recruit more of our flying partners to join the Contract Action Team.
  5. Do your part to attend and help turn out big numbers for every action we take in support of our negotiations.

We have to back up our negotiators with the power of our Solidarity and disrupt every effort of management to undercut what we can achieve when we act as one.

Our Solidarity starts with all of us right here at United Airlines, but it expands and gains power when we take action with other Flight Attendants and the entire working class to fight corporate greed.

 

Join the Contract Action Team today. We are stronger together and ready to do whatever it takes to get the Contract we deserve!


Save the Date! DOA April 11th

Spring is bursting with color, and it’s time for the traveling public to see RED!

We know our worth. Join us on April 11th for our next system-wide Day of Action. Together, we will stand resolute in our demand for an industry-leading contract and shine a light on management's corporate greed.

We are the face of United. We are the future of aviation. We will not be delayed. We will not be devalued.

Mark your calendars, tell your friends and family, and plan to join us on the informational picket line! Stay tuned for more specific details.

It is time for a CONTRACT NOW!


Women's History Month

Throughout history, the contributions of women across the country have fortified the foundation of our nation. Women have come together to break down barriers, shatter glass ceilings, and raise the standard of living of those who walk behind them.

Women in the workplace create a brighter future for all because women lift up economies and drive change. Despite their profound contributions to our society, many of their stories have been overlooked or lost to history.

This year, Women's History Month focuses on women who advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Supporting Members and driving our Union forward are dozens of women in elected Officer and Committee positions volunteering in support of their flying partners. Together, these dedicated women have committed to sharing their time and talents, advocating for a brighter future for all Flight Attendants promoting our careers and profession.

Women's History Month not only offers a time to honor the contributions of those who came before us and those actively promoting our futures, but also serves as a call to action. It is a reminder that no matter how far we have come, there is still much work to be done in the fight for gender equity and equality in the workplace and the world.

 

Daylight Saving Time Reminder

Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 10, 2024, at 0200 in observance of the change to daylight saving time in the United States. The only parts of the US that do not have daylight saving time are Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and American Samoa.


As a reminder, the change to daylight saving time in Europe will occur on March 31, 2024.

As provided for in Section 6.V.3. of our Contract, the layover minimum legal rest (off-duty) periods may be reduced by one hour when these off-duty periods extend to or beyond 0200 standard time on the designated day when the change from standard time to daylight time occurs, unless such reduction would result in a legal rest below the established FAA minimum.

During daylight saving time, the changeover is where we all need to be mindful that any delay could result in an illegal layover and that we must still have the minimum ten (10) hours of legal rest over the time change. Of course, the upside to the “loss” of an hour of more light at the end of each day can be used by reviewing the latest news from our Contract 2021 negotiations website (www.contract2021.org).

 

FAA Reauthorization Extension

Government Affairs Committee

In the late evening of March 6, 2024, the Senate passed an FAA extension under unanimous consent. The bill mirrors the House version, HR 7454, which passed on February 29, 2024. The bill extends FAA authorization through May 10, 2024, and gives the Senate more time to finalize a five-year bill. President Biden is expected to sign the current extension before the most recent version expires at midnight, March 8, 2024.

AFA Government Affairs will continue to monitor the developing legislation and share updates as they progress.

 

Spring Quarterly CBT Deadline Extended

As a result of the recent technology issue with the Spring Quarterly CBT, the due date has been extended to May 2, 2024, at 2359CT. For those Flight Attendants that were in the process of completing the CBT before it was pulled down, Inflight Training has sent you an email with further direction as well as details on any additional compensation to be paid.


Reminders:
MAR – AFA Celebrates Women’s History Month
MAR 8 – International Women’s Day
MAR 10 – Daylight Saving Time (U.S)
MAR 10 - Ramadan
MAR 23 - Purim

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