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AFA E-Lines: April 7, 2020

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Contents of E-Lines for April 7, 2020

  • May Bidding Timeline
  • Additional Special COLA Options – Submission Deadline Extended to April 13
  • Increased Unemployment Benefits Under the CARES Act (COVID-19 Relief Act)
  • Timeline for Completing Adjustments to Minimum - Three Separate Processes
  • Company Agrees to Block Additional Seats for Flight Attendant Safety
  • Reminder to Check for Onboard Resources: COVID-19
  • Spring 2020 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council
  • Support Services – Telephonic Meetings
  • NGP CAIC Insurance Premiums Suspended During Leave of Absence (LOA)
  • GUL Auto-Enrollment of Flight Attendants Returning from Special COLAs
  • Union Dues Obligation while on Special COLA Exceeding Ninety Days

May Bidding Timeline

The following timeline has been developed including all contractual provisions within the JCBA to create a monthly schedule for May. In response to the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the bidding timeline will be delayed by four days with bids scheduled to open April 16, 2020 and close on April 21, 2020.

BIDDING & AWARDS

 

Primary Bid Period Opens

April 16 @ 0800 Local

Primary Bid Period Closes / Award Begins:

April 21 @ 0800 Local

Primary Award Line Numbers Visible

April 22 @ 0800 Local

Finalized Primary Award Load:

April 22 @ 1700 Local

VRL Bid Period Opens:

April 24 @ 2000 Local

VRL Bid Period Closes/Award Begins:

April 26 @ 0800 Local



TRADING PROCESS

 

Mutual Trading Begins

April 22 @ 1700 Local

EOM Conflicts Dropped

April 24 @ 0001 Central Time

EOM Mutual Trades Suspended

April 24 @ 0001 Central Time

Self – Adjustments Begin

April 24 @ 0600 Central Time

Self – adjustment End

April 25 @ 0600 Central Time

Real-time trading opens stagger/brackets

April 27 *

Real-time trading re-opens for all bases

April 28 @ 0700 Local Time

Real-time trading closes

April 30 @ 0700 Local Time

Seniority-based trades run

April 30 @ 1200 Local Time

Real-time trading resumes

April 30 @ 1930 Local Time


* Trade windows by base will be published in May Cover Letters.

Schedule & move-up lines

The May schedule month and move-up window remains unchanged.


Additional Special COLA Options – Submission Deadline Extended to April 13, 2020

In addition to the 1- and 5-month Special Company Offered Leave of Absence (COLA) that is available for May, the company will offer both a2- and 3-monthSpecial COLAoption.

The deadline for submitting these requests has been extended to April 13, 2020 at 12:00 Noon Central Time for all COLA periods.

Special COLA for May only
2 month COLA May-June
3 month COLA May -July
5 month COLA May - September

Special COLA awards will be announced by April 14. Any requests submitted after April 13, 2020, while not guaranteed to be awarded, will be considered and added to a waitlist for award on a first-come, first-served basis. Special COLAs will be awarded prior to any May Job Shares considerations. Flight Attendants awarded a Special COLA will receive a letter intended to assist in the processing of any unemployment claims. Job Share Requests Reopened for May Bid Month – Deadline April 14

Once Special COLAs have been awarded, the company will take Job Shares into consideration. The window to request a Job Share has been reopened to provide Flight Attendants an option to participate by submitting their request no later than 08:00 Central Time on April 14, 2020.

Flight Attendants having a request on file for a May Job Share can modify or delete their current request before the submission deadline. Changes to Job Share requests will not be considered after April 14.


Increased Unemployment Benefits Under the CARES Act (COVID-19 Relief Act)

As part of the COVID-19 Relief (CARES) Act enacted last week, Congress increased the weekly Unemployment Insurance (UI) payment that laid off and furloughed workers can receive through July 31, 2020 by $600. The CARES Act also extends the number of weeks of eligibility for those individuals unemployed longer term from 26 weeks to 39 weeks, temporarily eliminates work-search requirements and minimum work history (where, under normal rules, only those who have been employed for a year are eligible), and expands the categories of eligible workers to include self-employed and gig workers, in addition to traditional employees.[Gig workers are independent contractors, online platform workers, contract firm workers, on-call workers and temporary workers.]

Generally, if you take a leave or a reduction in hours as a result of the downturn, you will be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. However, the scale and scope of these benefits will vary depending on your state of residence. For more information about the changes the CARES Act has made to unemployment insurance, we recommend this guide put together by our friends at the National Employment Law Project. For additional information continue to read the article at www.afacwa.org


Timeline for Completing Adjustments to Minimum - Three Separate Processes

During the course of a normal schedule month, there are a number of processes that occur as a result of Flight Attendant actions that, when completed, require an adjustment to the minimum in her/his CCS Pay Register. In the Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 addition of E-Lines we addressed the three (3) separate processes. Flight Attendants are encouraged to become familiar with the information and to act accordingly.


Company Agrees to Block Additional Seats for Flight Attendant Safety

As a result of the advocacy of AFA, effective for flights departing today, April 7, 2020, the company is proactively blocking seats in the cabin, that are located within close proximity to Flight Attendants Jumpseats. This is being done to support social distancing between Flight Attendants and passengers. Seats blocked near Flight Attendant jumpseats must remain blocked and will not be used to accommodate any passengers, including revenue or non-revenue.

Effective for flights departing April 11, additional seats will be blocked near aft galleys. These seats however, may be unblocked and used by Customer Service Representatives for some passengers, as detailed in the Inflight Safety Alert, as well as for assignment to revenue and non-revenue passengers when no other seats are available.

AFA Representatives worked collaboratively with Inflight management to identify seats on all of our aircraft that are in close proximity to Flight Attendant jumpseats. We recognize and appreciate the support from Inflight to adopt our recommendations to better protect us while we provide essential services.

AFA is supporting the waiver request to FAA for Social Distancing Waiver on Jumpseats and Safety Demo.

Additionally, for information on last week’s Temporary crew rest expansion announcement, review the Inflight Safety Alert dated April 3, 2020.


Reminder to Check for Onboard Resources: COVID-19
MEC Safety, Health and Security Committee

Flight Attendants continue to operate on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. As essential workers we are placed at a higher risk for exposure while at work. Your Safety, Health and Security Committee has been working around the clock ensuring you have the tools you need to remain safe amid this COVID-19 pandemic, including advocating that Flight Attendants in any market could wear a protective mask, as they felt they needed to. See Inflight Safety alert, dated March 31, 2020, that defines some additional safety measures for your protection, including the recommendation to wear masks before, during, and after flight in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Masks will continue to be supplied in the Inflight Service Kit on all flights, you may also wear cloth masks per the CDC guidance as well. However, the company is requesting that your mask fabric is a solid and neutral color.

Ensure you check for gloves, masks, and sanitizing supplies such as disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in conjunction with pre-flight checks. Should you find that your necessary supplies are low or missing altogether follow your chain of command and act accordingly, then file an IOR and check the box to send a copy to AFA.

NOTE: Please do not use your own supplies including bleach and other cleaning agents on the aircraft, as many of these chemicals and specific amounts are regulated. If you need additional disinfecting supplies, please work with your local station ops team.

In every instance, should you have a medical condition that potentially compromises your personal safety or cause you concern, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your personal physician.If you have a family member whose health may be at risk if exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please consult your medical resource

Additionally, every local AFA council has a Safety, Health and Security committee who can assist you with any questions you may have.


Spring 2020 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) world pandemic has had a devastating effect on our industry, our careers, our personal lives and families. Beyond this, many state and local ordinances are restricting the ability to gather groups and this will impact our Spring 2020 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council.In addition to the limited ability to gather in groups, there are a number of cities that have issued “Shelter in Place orders.”Reductions to United’s flight schedule are making travel to a central location difficult. While we had planned to conduct our quarterly meeting in Rosemont, IL, our current circumstances are requiring we make alternate arrangements and that planning is currently in progress.

Elections for MEC Officers and MEC Committee positions will be conducted at the Spring 2020 Regular Meeting. Election information, including qualifications and responsibilities of each position, is now available on the MEC Election Page of our website.

All active Members in good standing interested in serving in one of the positions listed on theMEC Elections page,should submit a resume and/or a signed “Willingness to Serve” statement.

In order to ensure the Membership is familiar with all of the candidates running for election, we ask that you submit your Willingness to Serve with as much notice as possible prior to the election date.Willingness to Serve statements and resumes should be sent to the United MEC Secretary/Treasurer by e-mail at mecsec@unitedafa.org.

In the interest of protecting our privacy, Willingness to Serve Statements should not include personal information or employment history as they will be posted on the United MEC website for public viewing. Resume information, if desired, should be in a separate document and will be shared with the Members of the MEC for their consideration and review. We will be providing additional information on the interview process for this meeting which is being held under extraordinary circumstances.


Support Services – Telephonic Meetings
MEC Employee Assistance/Professional Standards Committee

The following meetings are open to all Flight Attendants as part of our ongoing effort to provide support services during the COVID-19 pandemic:

Flight Attendants under Self-Quarantine– One hour in length

Conference Call Number1 855 544 2320

Sunday, April 12, 2020

8:00 PM – Eastern Time

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

3:00 PM – Eastern Time


Peaceful Landings by Sabrina N’Diaye –

Virtual Healing on managing emotional, spiritual, stress and physical challenges during uncertain times .Advanced registration required.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Thursday, April 30, 2020

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Eastern Time

 

Staying Grounded in the Air, by Gina Marchando
Gain a better understanding of anxiety and the connection between the COVID19 crisis and a decrease in the ability to remain grounded while you are in the air.
Zoom Meeting – ID# 1680589984 Password: 309272
Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 12:00noon EST – 1:00 PM EST

Mind Body and Spirit by Sabrina N’Diaye
Virtual healing on self-awareness, boost your immune system, and learn how to compliment self. Advanced Registration required.

Tuesdays, beginning April 14 thru June 2, 2020 for 10 weeks
2:00PM EST – 4:00PM ET

Additional information is available on our website,www.unitedafa.org or by contacting your Local Council EAP representatives.


NGP CAIC Insurance Premiums Suspended During Leave of Absence (LOA)
MEC Benefits Committee

In an effort to assist Flight Attendants during the COVID-19 world crisis, National Group Protection (NGP)CAIC ,one of our supplemental insurance brokers, is providing the following assistance options to Flight Attendants who have opted to participate in a Company Leave of Absence (COLA), including financial relief from any missed monthly premium obligations. Flight Attendants currently on COLA or who will be taking a May COLA, should be on the lookout for a letter from NGP that will contain the following details:

  • Your coverage will continue without interruption during the LOA
  • Premiums are not due during the LOA
  • CAIC will honor claims during the LOA
  • No action is required on your part to maintain your coverage.

This document provides detailed information on this exceptional benefit. For questions regarding your policies 1-800-344-9016 or e-mai lservice@ngp-ins.com


GUL Auto-Enrollment of Flight Attendants Returning from Special COLAs
MEC Benefits Committee

Flight Attendants who take advantage of the Special COLA offerings are reminded, when returning from Leaves of Absence (LOA), auto-enrollment in Group Universal Life Coverage (GUL), administered by Securian, will occur for any Flight Attendants who did not elect to maintain coverage while on Leave or who had not previously elected this coverage.These individuals will be enrolled in Group Universal Life Coverage under the same conditions as a new hire Flight Attendant. With no requirement to provide Evidence of Insurability (EOI), Flight Attendants are automatically provided coverage at four (4) times their annual salary and $30,000 coverage for a spouse/domestic partner.Additionally, if the Flight Attendant reduced her/his coverage below the default coverage limits, the auto-enrollment feature will “bump up” the coverage back up to four times the annual salary for the employee and $30,000 for the spouse or domestic partner.It is important that everyone understand, the coverage is automaticunless you act to decline the coverage during the first 45 days following your return to work.

Continue reading the details of the auto-enrollment feature on our website, unitedafa.org.

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


Union Dues Obligation while on Special COLA Exceeding Ninety Days

As we know, the company is able to offer Special Company Offered Leaves of Absence of varying lengths. Depending upon your time away from work, you have a different Union dues obligation.Under the AFA Constitution and Bylaws, when a Flight Attendant takes an unpaid leave of absence which exceeds ninety (90) days, she/he currently has a dues obligation for the first ninety (90) days of the leave of absence. The AFA Constitution & Bylaws control the duration of any dues obligation and may be subject to change based on any changes made to those Bylaws.

Flight Attendants with questions concerning dues and how to make payment during the first 90 days of the 5- and 6-month Special COLAs are encouraged to contact AFA Membership Services at1 800-424-2401 X707.