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Contents of E-Lines for September 21, 2018

  • Enhancement Staffing Dispute
  • Contact Information for Problem Resolution.Mobile CCS Made its Debut on September 17
  • Picking up Training Pairings
  • Dispute Resolution - Attendance and Performance Management Resources
  • Vacation Relief Line Bidding Opened September 20 2018
  • End of Month (EOM) Adjustment Process
  • Adjustment by Crew Scheduling
  • Flight Attendant to Flight Attendant Mutual Trade
  • Trading Reserve Days Off
  • Real Time Trip Trade Rules
  • Trades Involving International Pursers
  • Language Qualified Flight Attendant Trades
  • November International Purser Opt-Out Window September 18 – October 5
  • The Vacation Election Process Begins Monday - September 25 -2018
  • United MEC Fall Regular Meeting – October 9 - 11 Rosemont IL
  • Rest Now: It's About Safety Health and Equality
  • Reminders and Quick Links

Enhancement Staffing Dispute

Without notice to the Union, this week the company released a publication addressing Enhanced Staffing within the context of the Established Staffing Guidelines (ESGs). We do not agree with these changes to “enhance staffing.” Without detailing the bargaining history or presenting the Union’s case publicly, or addressing what you voted to approve through ratification of our Contract, United MEC President, Ken Diaz, sent a letter to all of us outlining his expectation of management and detailed the actions that will be taken should the company elect to implement that which we have clearly communicated is in dispute. Review the MEC President’s letter posted on unitedafa.org.  


Contact Information for Problem Resolution

Line Award Questions / Bid Disputes

For questions about your October 2018 line awards, please contact the Common Metal Support Team. The team’s contact information is included towards the bottom of this message.  

Vacation Slides:

For questions regarding October 2018 vacation slides, please contact Crew Schedule Planning at 1-800-FLT-LINE (option 5, then option 2).

Vacation Fly Through, Operation Scheduling Issues, Reserve Short Block Resolution

For questions regarding October 2018 operational vacation fly through, please contact Crew Scheduling 

pmUAL Flight Attendants: 1-800-FLT-LINE (option 3, then option 2)

pmCAL Flight Attendants:  1-800-338-2739 (option 2) 

CCS Error Message Reporting

For questions or to report instances of CCS error messages or if you experience difficulty accessing CCS screens, contact the United Service Desk at 1-800-255-5801, option 9.

Updated Timeline for October

The following is an updated timeline for the October 2018 bid month resulting from the delays in producing October line awards in CCS and the subsequent opening of mutual trip trading. The modified timeline only applies to the October 2018 bid period.

Revised Timeline for Activities Leading up to Real Time Trading

  Real Time Trade Brackets: (As scheduled)


Mobile CCS Made its Debut on September 17
One United – September 14, 2018

On September 17, 2018 at 2200 CST, Mobile CCS was pushed to your Link device. To ensure that Mobile CCS is added properly, make sure that your Link is turned on and connected to a stable Wi-Fi source. Mobile CCS is separate from the CCS app already installed on your Link and provides a mobile-friendly layout and will make managing your schedule while on-the-go, easier and more efficient.

Mobile CCS currently gives you access to the following CCS menu items: Electronic Bulletin Board for trading, Master Schedule, pairing information, crew list and door codes. More features will be available later this month. Remember, you still have full access to CCS on a desktop computer as well as the CCS app on Link.

Mobile CCS can also be accessed on your personal devices. Instructions on how to install Mobile CCS on your personal devices as well as a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) are linked here and is also available on Content Locker on your Link and on Flying Together > One United > JCBA Reference guides.


Picking up Training Pairings
One United – September 14, 2018

Lineholders will be able to pick up training pairings from open time starting on September 23, 2018 when the Real-time trading window opens for the October 2018 bid month.

As a reminder, the Real-time trading window opens in two-hour staggered brackets in CCS and Mobile CCS according to the table above. 

Lineholders are responsible for adding a training pairing to your schedule during your due or grace month. If you are unable to fit a training pairing in your schedule, please contact the Flight Attendant Support Team (FAST) at 1-800-FLT-LINE (option 4, then option 2) during the Real-time trading window so they can review your specific schedule and class availability. FAST will review your originally awarded schedule and the training classes available for that bid month to determine when you can be scheduled for training. If you are unable to fit a training pairing in your schedule and do not call FAST to resolve the issue of scheduling training, beginning on the 6th of each month, the training team will identify and assign training pairings for you.

Reserves should contact FAST at 1-800-FLT-LINE (option 4, then option 2) during the Real-time trading windows to have a training pairing added to your schedule at the beginning or end of your Reserve block. If you do not call FAST, beginning on the 6th of each month, the training team will identify and assign training pairings for you.


Dispute Resolution, Attendance and Performance Management Resources
One United – September 14, 2018

In preparation for flying as One United on October 1, 2018, we have updated many helpful resources to reflect Common Metal terminology and processes related to Dispute Resolution, Attendance and Performance Management. These resources include:

•   Dispute Resolution, Attendance and Performance Management, Flight Attendant Guide

•    JCBA Section 23 Investigations and Grievances Q&A

The updated guide and Q&A are linked above and are also available on Flying Together > My Work > Inflight Services Homepage > In This Section > Contract Support > Go here > Dispute Resolution and Performance Management > Attendance and Performance Management.


Vacation Relief Lines Bidding is Now Open

Vacation Relief Line bidding opened on the 20th and closes on Saturday, September, 22nd at 0800 HDT.  Flight Attendants awarded Vacation Relief Lines during the Primary bid period, should now bid during this secondary bid period for your Vacation Relief Award. 

Vacation Relief Lines of Flying are designated as follows:

  • FSL Vacation Relief Lines (during Primary bid) 2001-2199
  • Non-FSL Vacation Relief Lines (during Primary bid) 2201-2999
  • FSL Vacation Relief Lines (during Vacation Relief process) 10001-10199
  • Non-FSL Vacation Relief Lines (during Vacation Relief process) 10201-10999 

The Vacation Relief bid period closes at 0800 HDT on the 22nd and lines are awarded and published by 0800 HDT on the 23rd. There is no self-adjustment on the Vacation Relief Line award. Any month- end schedule conflicts will be handled by Crew Scheduling. Once the line is awarded it is considered a Regular Line of Flying for trading, scheduling and legality purposes. 

For Step-by-step instructions on how to enter your vacation relief bid, reference the Bidding and Adjustment Guide at Unitedafa.org.


End of Month (EOM) Adjustment Process 

After your award is posted, it may be necessary to make adjustments to your schedule to resolve conflicts resulting from the award of the new line. End of month adjustments are necessary when a Flight Attendant’s old month and new month schedules conflict, either because trips overlap or result in a legality. Flight Attendants may resolve these conflicts by trading trips in either the current or new month, through mutual trades with other Flight Attendants or through the Self-Adjustment process. 

If you do not resolve your EOM conflict with a mutual trade, your conflict trip(s) will be dropped and you may use the self-adjustment process which begins at 0600 Central Time on the 20th. You will be given a list of solutions, involving one or more pairings, in the self- adjustment process that are pre-checked for legalities in your line. These trip(s) may also be presented in other Flight Attendant’s self-adjustment options, and will be used on a first come, first served basis. 

Ideally, solutions will involve trips on days you were originally scheduled to work, however if none are available, or you are not legal, any other available day(s) may be used. 

Self-Adjustment Procedures

When the self-adjustment window opens on the 20th, you will be able to adjust your schedule by selecting “Self Adjustment” from the Schedule tab in CCS. The self- adjustment screen will display complete solutions, or partial solutions, if complete solutions do not exist, that will recover the time lost due to your conflict.

If the credit time difference between the inbound trip from the old month carried into the new month, and the conflicting trip(s) is greater than 3:00 you will be subject to an adjustment. Per the JCBA, adjustments will be made in this order: 

The value of the replacement pairing(s) will be +/- 3:00 on the days originally scheduled to work. The value of the replacement pairing(s) will be +/- 3:00 on any available day(s).

The value of the replacement pairing(s) will be no more than + 5:00 on any available day(s). 

United and AFA have agreed to use a parameter of not more than 3:00 for implementation due to programming limitations. At some point in the future, we will correct the programming to allow for the use of the 5:00 parameter. We will announce this change in advance of its implementation. 

For example, if you bring 15:00 in from the old month, and it makes you illegal to fly your first trip in the new month (worth 6:00), then the credit time difference is 9:00. You will be subject to an adjustment of 9:00 +/- 3:00, making the line value adjustment rage 6:00-12:00. In the future when programming is available you could be adjusted up to 14:00. 

To perform a self-adjustment, go to CCS > Schedule > Self-Adjustment. 

Note: In any month where you have a scheduled vacation you will not be subject to adjustment regardless of overlapping trips.

For additional information about the Adjustment process, refer to Chapter 12 of the Trip Trades & Adjustments Guide


Adjustment by Crew Scheduling 

If you are unable to resolve the EOM conflict through mutual trading or self-adjustment, Crew Scheduling will resolve the conflict without your input. You may be assigned to any legal pairing that meets the adjustment criteria on any open day in your schedule. 

If the Crew Scheduling cannot find a suitable pairing(s) to resolve your conflict, you could be assigned to Reserve Adjustment (RA) days on the days you were originally scheduled to fly, and then on remaining days(s) off in the new bid period, even as a Lineholder. As a Reserve, you may participate in Reserve Preferencing or contact Crew Scheduling to be assigned a trip from open time prior to Reserve Preferencing. 

A Lineholder may elect not to be assigned RA days, which would result in a subsequent reduction in line guarantee, if they specify this in the Adjustment Request screen in CCS during bidding. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you do not wish Crew Scheduling to have the option to assign you RA days during the adjustment process, you must select this option during the primary bidding process each month. You must select this option before you know whether you have an EOM that will require an adjustment. If you select the “do not use” for the RA days option, Crew Scheduling will still have the ability to adjust your schedule with available pairings, but will not be able to use RA days as an option. 

It’s important to understand, that if you select “do not use” for the RA days option, and if there is no pairing available to satisfy your EOM, your guarantee will be reduced by the value of the conflict pairing that is dropped from your new month’s schedule.

In CCS, under the Schedule tab, select the Adjustment Request screen. There is a difference between the Adjustment Request screen and the Self Adjustment screen. 


Flight Attendant to Flight Attendant Mutual Trade Process

Mutual Trades are trades between Flight Attendants and involve trips or reserve days off. 

Once lines have been finalized in CCS mutual trading will begin for everyone with the exception of Jobshare (J/S) and Partnership (P/S) Flight Attendants (these lines are locked until the J/S or P/S splits are received by the Company and the process to split the lines is complete).

Flight Attendants with an EOM conflict in the next month iare encouraged to utilize Mutual trades to resolve a conflicting trip with another Flight Attendant. You can trade either the trip in the old month or the conflict trip(s) in the new month. In concurrence with the updated schedule Mutual trading began on September 19, 2018. Flight Attendants will have at least 24 hours to complete a trade with another Flight Attendant that eliminates a EOM conflict, you may also conduct mutual trades without resolving the conflict. However, if you are unable to resolve your conflict, or choose not to resolve the conflict through mutual trades, your line will be blocked from further mutual trading until the conflict is resolved. Once the conflict has been resolved, your guarantee will be reset, your line will be “unlocked” and you will be able to conduct mutual trades for the duration of the bid month. 

*In addition to EOM conflict resolution Mutual Trades between Flight Attendants may also be conducted during the Flight Attendant to Flight Attendant trade window. 

Helpful Hint: When advertising a pairing for mutual trade, it is helpful to be specific in the comments section; include details regarding what trips you would like to trade for and your contact information. 

Note: Jobshare (J/S) and Partnership (P/S) Flight Attendants will be locked out from mutual trading until the line has been split. Once the J/S or P/S lines have been split the mutual trades may be conducted under the same parameters as above. 

Additional Information including step-by-step instructions on how to perform Flight Attendant to Flight Attendant mutual trades can be found in the Trip Trade and Adjustment guide located on our website.


Trading Reserve Days Off

A Reserve may only trade a day off with another Reserve in their base, or, when applicable, their qualification sub-base beginning today October, 18th at 1700. 

  • Trades may be done anytime during the month. Requests must be
    made at least one (1) calendar day local time prior to the day to be traded. For example, if you wish to trade the 5th, the request must be made by the 3rd, leaving a full calendar day between the request and the day to be traded. 
  • Throughout the month Reserves may trade an unlimited number of days off with the Reserve availability pool, subject to minimum Reserve coverage. 
  • Minimum Reserve coverage will be determined by Scheduling. Reserve pool trades will start with the trip trading window(s). 
  •  Reserves must maintain availability for the shortest trip in their base or three days, whichever is greater.  
  • Rejected trades shall include the reason for being rejected.  

 


Real Time Trading Trade Rules

Open time trip trade will begin on schedule, September 23, 2018, utilizing  a staggered window  table chart. 

  • Job share/half month leave and Partnerships may not exceed 55:00 pay and credit for the month excluding vacation pay and credit. 
  • Requests must be made through the computer at least one (1) calendar day, HDT, before the scheduled departure time of the first trip, except that if the trip being dropped occurs after the trip being picked up, the request must be made at least 12:00 hours prior to check-in of the trip being picked up. 
  • If the operation permits, as determined by Crew Scheduling, an open time trade may be considered inside twelve hours (12:00) prior to check-in of the trip being picked up. 
  • Trades involving two trips which both have scheduled departures less than one calendar day after the trade must be done on an exception basis by contacting Crew Scheduling and are subject to operational needs. 
  • A trade between two Flight Attendants must be made in the computer up to four hours (4:00) prior to check in of the earliest trip involved in the trade. 
  • Flight Attendants may straight pick up (i.e. no trading) open time via computer up to three (3:00) hours before check-in. 
  • Trade requests on the same trip may be requested at check-in (with Crew Scheduling), even if it involves the Purser position. 
  • Trip trade requests must be for trips originating in the same bid month. Month to month trades involving pairings which originate in different months are not allowed. 
  • Only two Flight Attendants may participate in a trip trade. Three-way trades are not permitted.
  • A single duty period which contains a flight segment that departs the base before midnight and a return segment that arriving back in the base after 0400 local time (“red eye turns”) will be considered as a one day pairing when trading. 
  • Trip Trades with open time will only be allowed when there is sufficient reserve coverage. 
  • If your trade will result in you exceeding your monthly maximum on a credit basis, you will be deemed to have automatically opted to a higher monthly maximum. For example: if your trade increases your credit time from 94:00 to 97:00, you will be deemed to have opted to a 100:00 monthly maximum. 

IMPORTANT!
Placing (Parking) trips on another Flight Attendants line to facilitate trading is not permitted.

  • Additionally, Open time trades involving an unequal number of days cannot cause a decrease of flight time of more than three hours (3:00) scheduled block time (not credit time). 
  • Open time trades involving an equal number of days are not subject to the three hours decrease parameter. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Trading trips of uneven days is permitted, but limited. For example, you may trade a 3-day, 15:00 trip (with 12:00 block time), for a 2-day, 10:00 trip (with 10:00 block time). Although the difference in credit time is 5:00, the difference in block time is only 3:00 and the trade is legal


Trades Involving International Pursers

Active International Pursers who have been awarded International Purser pairings may pick up and trade for open International Purser and non-International Purser open time, subject to the terms of Sections 7.I, 7.J. and 7.K. of the JCBA. An International Purser will be expected to have a minimum fifty (50) hours of flying (twenty (20) for job shares, partnerships and half month leaves) as an International Purser, at their assigned base, at the end of the bid month if they have traded or picked up from open time other than International Purser open time during the month. 

1.    International Pursers cannot drop International Purser trips to anyone who is not qualified as an International Purser. 

2.    International Pursers can pick up a trip from another Flight Attendant in their base as long as they have whatever qualifications may be needed. 

3.    Less than 14:00 hours prior to departure International Pursers can pick up open time in any base regardless of qualifications. 

4.    Less than 14:00 hours prior to departure International Pursers can pick up advertised trips in any base as long as they have the qualifications which may be needed for the flying they are picking up. 

If an International Purser picks up a non-qualified trip they will be paid the Flight Attendant rate. 


Language Qualified Flight Attendant Trades

Language Qualified (LQ) Flight Attendants who are assigned language lines may pick up and trade for open LQ and non-LQ open time subject to the terms of Sections 7.I, 7.J. and 7.L. of the JCBA. A LQ Flight Attendant will be expected to have a minimum fifty (50) hours of flying (twenty (20) for job shares, partnerships and half month leaves) in their assigned language, at their assigned base, at the end of the bid month if they have traded or picked up from open time other than LQ open time during the month. 

  • LQ Flight Attendants may trade for or pick up any open trip per the rules outlined in the JCBA. 
  •  Between 16:00 and 14:00 hours before departure LQ Flight Attendants in a language sub-base may pick up from open time in the language sub-base in all designated languages for which they are qualified. 
  • Less than 14:00 hours before departure LQ Flight Attendants can pick up open time in any base regardless of qualifications. 
  • Less than 14:00 hours before departure LQ Flight Attendants can pick up advertised trips in any base as long as they have whatever qualifications may be needed. 


United MEC Fall Regular Meeting – October 9 - 11, 2018 at Hyatt Rosemont, IL

Our Fall 2018 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place October 9th - 11th, 2018, at the Hyatt Rosemont, 6350 N. River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018. Your Local Council President, joined by the 15 other Local Council Presidents from around our system, will address the business of our Union and the issues that are important to the Membership.

We encourage each Member to witness the democratic process by attending your Local Council Meetings and join us for the MEC meeting if you are in the Chicago area while we are in session. Details of the MEC Fall meeting are posted on unitedafa.org. 


November International Purser Opt-Out Window September 18 – October 5

The November International Purser Opt-Out window Opened September 18, 2018, in CCS and will run through October 5, 2018 at 0800 HDT when the International Purser Opt-Out window closes in CCS. 

November International Purser Opt-Outs awarded in CCS on October 10, 2018.


The Vacation Election Process Begins Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Vacation Election Process will begin September 25, 2018, and run through October 15, 2018. On Tuesday, September 25, 2018 each Flight Attendant will be able to view the number of vacation days accrued by accessing the Vacation Accrual Letter found in CCS > Bidding > myVacation. 

Vacation Timeline

Begin Vacation Buy Back & Flex Election

September 25

Close Election Period

On October 15

Begin First Vacation Bid Period

By October 23

Close First Vacation Bid Period

On October 31

Post First Vacation Awards

By November 4

Begin Second Vacation Bid Period

By November 8

Close Second Vacation Bid Period

On November 16

Post Second Vacation Awards

By November 20

Vacation Allocations Published

By November 24

Trades Awarded by Seniority

On November 30

Final Vacation Allocations Published

By December 4

Instant Trading Opens

On December 5

 

During the twenty (20) day Vacation Election Process, Flight Attendants are provide the opportunity to make choices on what they would like to do with their 2019 Vacation days as it pertains to

1. FLEX Vacation – Seven Days paid or unpaid

2. Vacation Deferral into your 401(k) or U.K. Stakeholder Plan – minimum seven/maximum 14 days

            3. Vacation Buy Back – minimum six (6) days


Rest Now: It's About Safety, Health and Equality  
Fight for 10 – This is it!

The House and Senate committee leadership are talking right now to determine whether they canagree on a long-term FAA Reauthorization bill to be adopted before the September 30, 2018 extension deadline. 

While not yet certain, there is a good chance Congress will actually pass a bill before the end of the month. So this is it!  Here in DC we are working all of our internal channels to make this a success for us, but the reality is that the committee Republican leadership in the Senate is working hard to reduce 10 hours to only 9.

We need your calls TODAY to ensure the Senate maintains the House 10 hours irreducible rest language. CALL 855-534-1774 NOW and say:

"I am a Flight Attendant and a constituent. The FAA bill is coming together in pre-conference. I would like my Senator to weigh in with Chairman Thune to tell him to maintain the House language of 10 Hours Rest for Flight Attendants and not a minute less, in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. It's about safety, health and equality — we are the only country in the world to have different minimum rest for Flight Attendants and Pilots.  Please let me know if my Senator is able to make that call. This is our top safety priority as Flight Attendants. Thank you."

Safety7 fatigue studies commissioned by Congress confirm Flight Attendants are fatigued and more rest is needed so that aviation's first responders can do our jobs.

Health: Study results released in June, 2018 by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that Flight Attendants have a significantly higher rate of cancer than the general public, even though the general public is on average less fit. Lack of sleep and interrupted sleep are cited as contributing factors. Fatigue also contributes to other health risks.

Equality: The United States is the only country in the world that doesn't have consistent rest rules for flight deck and cabin crews. Since 2014 U.S. pilots have had 10 hours minimum rest. It is concerning that Flight Attendants in the U.S. are not provided the same minimum rest standard of 10 hours.

Call the Senate now at 855-534-1774.

After you make your call, text a flying partner and tell them to call. We need every Flight Attendant to weigh in with their Senators to make our 10 hours rest a reality.


Update Telephone Contact Information in CCS

Flight Attendant telephone numbers are now available in CCS under the “My Info” area associated with your name. The contact information section on the Employee Info page has been pre-populated with contract information obtain from both of the pre-merger Unimatic and CCS systems with any and all ‘non-numeric’ information scrubbed. You will need to review the data and ensure that your area code is in the area code (or country code) is entered into the area code box of the phone field. To ensure you are properly contacted, ensure that each of your numbers are properly identified as either your Home, Cell or Other contact. You will know you’ve correctly updated these fields when you see your telephone number listed under your name 


Reminders and Quick Links

Sept  19      Line Awards and Mutual Trades
Sept  20      Secondary Bid - Vacation Relief Lines and Self Adjustment begins
Sept  21      Self Adjustment closes
Sept  22      Vacation Relief Bid Period Closes
Sept  22      Vacation Relief Line Awards
Sept  23      Real Time Trading Begins – Staggered Time brackets
Sept  25       2019 Vacation Election Window Opens
Sept  27      Real Time Trading Closes and Seniority Trading Begins
Sept  27      Real Time Trading Re-opens all Bases

September 18 – October 5 International Opt Out Window