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AFA E-Lines: January 18, 2019

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Contents of E-Lines for January 18, 2019

  • Reserve Preferencing TMAC Discrepancies Corrected
  • Join us in Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - Monday January 21 - 2019
  • Uniform Design – Now is the time to share your view
  • 2018 Profit Sharing
  • Month End Adjustments for Lines with Vacation Fly Through and Vacation Pay Out
  • Winter Regular Scheduled MEC Meeting Concludes
  • Welcome Class 1817!
  • Semi-annual System Seniority List Posted & Available for Review
  • Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Base Visits
  • Review Your Work History on CCS
  • Hotel & Transportation Reporting Form
  • New Passport Requirements for Flight Attendants Traveling to Peru
  • Protect the KCM Privilege
  • Flight Attendant W-2s Available no Later than January 31-2019
  • Reminders and Quick Links

Reserve Preferencing TMAC Discrepancies Corrected
MEC Reserve Committee

When Reserve Preferencing assignments began for the January bid month, we began receiving questions from Flight Attendants who believed they may have been assigned out of time accrued order. Most commonly, it was a question of why she/he didn’t get a specific preference over someone who had more time accrued (TMAC) for the month according to what was displayed on the Reserve Availability screen.

Our research and oversight proved that some of the TMAC values within the Reserve Preferencing system were incorrect, in that the TMAC values included time intended to be credited in the future, such as vacation or training scheduled later in the month. In fact, TMAC is a "month-to-date" value that does not include these activities until they have actually occurred. 

The issue was immediately reported to the company, and after some research and testing it was determined to be a data issue in the COSMOS platform. Regrettably, correcting this issue turned out to be a bigger task than initially anticipated and the time that has passed since it was reported was longer than anticipated. However, we are pleased to inform you that a fix was tested over the past week and was finally put into place as of 2230 Central Standard Time on January 17th. It will therefore be effective for this evening’s Reserve Preferencing assignments for check-ins on January 19th. TMAC values in the Reserve Preferencing system should now match what appears on the Reserve Availability screen, and will not include future credit.  With the help of our Local Council Reserve Committees, we will continue to monitor the TMAC values to ensure the problem has been corrected. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Reserve Preferencing assignments, contact your Local Council Reserve Committee.


Join Us in Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, 2019 
MEC Communications Committee 

On Monday, January 21, 2019, our nation celebrates and honors a great leader. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a pioneer for diversity, equal rights and a powerful advocate for labor unions. As a labor union, we look to honor Dr. King’s vision every day by promoting and encouraging our power in the collective. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership proved that great challenges could be overcome by standing together with one voice. Below are some of the timeless words of wisdom and calls for collective action from Dr. King;

“I say to you today, my friends, though, even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."


Uniform Design – Now is the time to share your view.

Yesterday management released updated information on the company’s website and in the media introducing the new uniform that you will soon see in the field when wear testing begins.

Reaction to the “not final” uniform designs was swift once the pictures were posted on the company’s website and in the external press for each work group. There were a number of questions that were immediately posted in social media and via e-mail.

What perhaps may have been overlooked is the fact that the photos featured a selection of uniform items from each work group and as well as a caveat stating the pictures may not represent the final uniform program.  

Section 25 of our JCBA requires the company to provide Uniforms and details the items the company must provide at no cost to the Flight Attendant while ensuring certain components of the Flight Attendant uniform are distinctly different from the attire worn by personnel who are not Flight Attendants.  

Section 30.K. of our Contract addresses how the company and AFA will interact when a Uniform Change occurs. This language requires the involvement of the Union throughout the changeover process.  AFA is to be invited to meet with the company and will be afforded the opportunity to make recommendations.

Over the past two years, AFA and the company have met several times to review the company’s plan, to ensure the fabrics selected for the uniform meet the fit, form and functional demands of the Flight Attendant profession. AFA also ensured the language of Section 30.J. – Uniform Fire Testing was complied with and that the uniform conforms to the Federal Flammability Standards Act outlined in the JCBA.

During the meetings we have had over the past two years, the Union has made several recommendations regarding the color, fabric, uniform items and accessories. Over the course of the past two years, our working relationship with those responsible for the coordination of the Uniform change was one of mutual respect and cooperation. While we were provided opportunities to meet with Tracy Reese and representatives from Brooks Brothers throughout the re-design process to provide our input and while some of our recommendations were incorporated into the design, not all of our recommendations were accepted.  

There have been many instances where we have made recommendations to change or have spoken against various design elements of the uniform. For example, AFA has consistently spoken against the piping on the men’s uniform.  We have expressed concern about the design of some uniform items for the women. However, the company has reached a point in the process where management believes they have accomplished designs Flight Attendants will like.  While we were unable to persuade those responsible for the uniform to adopt all of our recommendations, we knew that the uniform would ultimately be presented to the Membership for their input and reaction. 

Now is your chance to let all of us know what you think of the uniform in order to bring about the change you want to see. This is the time for each of you to review the components of the uniform and to provide your personal perspective on the design features of the uniform presented. This is not the final version of the uniform and there are opportunities for change. We expect this change will occur based on your feedback. Take the time to respectfully and thoughtfully present your views via Runway. Your input is valuable in this process and you should understand there is plenty of time for the collective to effect changes that will result in a uniform that projects a professional image and that we are all proud to wear.

When Flight Attendants are involved, the end result will be a uniform that all of us will be proud to wear and that meets the rigors of our profession.


2018 Profit Sharing  
MEC Communications Committee

This week the company reported its 4th Quarter and Full Year Financial information and announced employee eligibility for profit sharing payouts for 2018. 

 

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

Pre-tax Earnings 2018

$184 million

$857 million

$1.1 billion

$556 million

Net Income 2018

$147 million

$684 million

$836 million

$462 million

Pre-tax Earnings 2017

$145 million

$1.3 billion

$1.0 billion

$600 million

Net Income 2017

$96 million

$818 million

$637 million

$580 million

 

Our Contractual Profit Sharing Program is set forth in Section 4.N. of our JCBA and provides that all Flight Attendants who have completed one full year of service as of December 31st of the year for which pre-tax earnings are being measured are eligible to participate in a pre-tax profit sharing program.

In the event the company has more than $10 million in Pre-tax earnings in the relevant calendar year (2018), the Flight Attendant Profit Sharing Pool shall be based on two components:

1.   10% of Pre-tax Earnings that are not in excess of the Pre-tax earnings for the previous calendar year, and

2.   20% of Pre-tax Earnings that are in excess of the Pre-Tax Earnings for the previous calendar year.

Eligible Flight Attendants' Profit Sharing Bonuses are calculated on a pro rata basis as part of the Annual Profit Sharing Pool determined by the ratio of the Flight Attendant’s Considered Earnings for the previous year (see Success Sharing Plan) to the aggregate amount of Considered Earnings for all eligible employees that year.

As a result of United’s 2018 financial performance, employee’s earned $334 million in Profit Sharing for the full year. Employees in participating workgroups share a portion of United's profits when the Company earns more than $10 million in adjusted pre-tax earnings for the year. The percentage of profits set aside for Profit Sharing varies by workgroup, and depends on either your contract or company policy. 

Flight Qualified Management

International Employees

Maintenance Instructors

Management & Administrative

Reservations Representatives

Simulator Technicians

Storekeepers

Technicians

Dispatchers

Fleet Service Employees

2.7785%

Pilots

5.5571%

Flight Attendants

4.6225%

 

For 2018, for Flight Attendants the Profit Sharing percentage for the period from 1/1/18 - 12/31/18 eligible earnings is 4.6115% based on $3,585 million adjusted pre-tax profit.

Flight Attendants can view their personalized profit sharing statement by logging in to Flying Together, Employee Services, Compensation & Incentives, click on Your 2018 Statement under the Profit Sharing header.

Keep in mind, you may elect to contribute a portion of your Profit Sharing payment into your company-sponsored retirement plan accounts:

1.    Pre-tax to your 401(k) plan or U.K. Stakeholder Account

2.    Roth 401(k) 

3.    Post tax 401(k)

The sum of the percentages allocated to any combination of the company sponsored retirement plan accounts may be less than or equal to 100% however, it cannot be greater. Any unallocated amount will be paid in cash. We have until 11:59PM CT on February 4, 2019 to make these elections.

Distribution of Profit Sharing checks will begin February 27, 2019 and will be disbursed by direct deposit or physical check. 

Note: payment date may vary depending on location. 

For additional information please review the profit sharing FAQ.


Month End Adjustments for Lines with Vacation Fly Through and Vacation Pay Out
One United, January 17, 2019

Effective with the February bid month, Flight Attendants with a planned Vacation Pay Out or Vacation Flythrough will now be included in the month end adjustment process.  Following the implementation of CMS, there was an automation issue that was preventing Lineholder Flight Attendants with an end of month conflict, in addition to a Vacation Fly Through or Vacation Pay Out prior to the bid, from being included in the adjustment process.  Since then, a manual workaround process was being done to ensure these month end conflicts were being handled properly.  With this new update, automation will include any lines with planned Vacation Flythrough or Vacation Pay Out in the regular adjustment process. 


Winter Regular Scheduled MEC Meeting Concludes

The Winter 2019 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) concluded on January 17, 2019, at the Hyatt Rosemont in Chicago. Our MEC Hotel and Transportation, Benefits and Safety Health and Security Committees presented their annual Committee reports, as well as the MEC Grievance Committee and Joint Implementation Team. Daily summaries will be available within the next few days on Unitedafa.org.


Welcome Class 1817! 
MEC Communications Committee

This past week, January 16, 2019, we welcomed the 63 graduating Members of class 1817 to the line. Our newest Flight Attendants will report to BOS and SFO on January 23, 2019 for orientation and will be available to fly on January 25, 2019. Please join us in welcoming the newest Members of our Flight Attendant community.

                       


Semi-annual System Seniority List Posted & Available for Review
JCBA Section 14.C

The January 2019 System Seniority List has been published for review by Flight Attendants. If you believe that there is an error or omission that affects your seniority, you should contact your local AFA representative for instructions on how to proceed with processing your concerns. Flight Attendants have a maximum of 30 calendar days from January 16, 2019 (the date notice of the list’s availability was provided) to dispute any alleged omission or error that affects your seniority. The only exception to the 30-day rule are stated below.

·      Flight Attendants on vacation at the time of the posting

·      Flight Attendants on Leave of Absence at the time of the posting

·      Flight Attendants on furlough at the time of posting

·      Flight Attendants on sick leave at the time of posting

In those situations, the Flight Attendant must report discrepancies no more than thirty (30) days after returning to flight duty.

Access the new list go to Flying Together > My Work > Crew Scheduling > Semi-Annual Seniority List.


Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Begins January 28 – February 22, 2019 
MEC Benefits Committee

The Open Enrollment period for Voluntary Supplemental Insurance benefits is upon us. Flight Attendants will again this year have the option to secure Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits through one of two brokers, Design Benefits or National Group Protection (NGP).  Beginning January 28, 2019 through February 22, 2019 enrollment representatives from each of these brokers will be available in hub locations for the entire open enrollment period during the hours of 5AM – 8PM daily to answer questions and to enroll those interested in the following variety of voluntary benefit plans:

·      Group Voluntary (Short Term) Disability Income

·      Critical Illness with Cancer

·      Cancer Policy

·      Group Voluntary Accident Insurance

·      Group Hospital Indemnity Coverage

·      Life Insurance

Base Visits: January 28 through February 22, 2019

 

Denver

San Francisco

Houston

Los Angeles

Washington

Chicago

Newark

DEN

SFO

IAH

LAX

IAD

ORD

EWR

 

The dates for the base visits for the smaller domiciles on the system are as follows:

Base

Dates of Visit

Boston, MA(BOS)

February 10 – 12, 2019

Cleveland, OH (CLE)

February 6 – 8, 2019

Guam (GUM)

February 11 – 13, 2019

Honolulu, HI (HNL)

February 15 – 17, 2019

Las Vegas, NV (LAS)

February 19 – 21, 2019

 

In addition to the personalized base visits, Flight Attendants will have opportunities to enroll online and via telephone appointments. Additional information can be found on our website at www.unitedafa.org


Review Your Work History on CCS 

As described in the language of Section 22 of our JCBA, our work performance and dependability are recorded and tracked as part of our electronic work history and are available on CCS for Flight Attendants to review. It is suggested that Flight Attendants periodically check their record by logging into CCS and clicking on the Work History Tab, located on the main menu.

Note:The Company will consider any notations of non-disciplinary discussions regarding dependability or job performance as cleared from a Flight Attendant’s record after a two (2) year period of active service from the date of issuance, provided that no disciplinary action or further notations have been issued during that period 

Discrepancies and questions should be directed to your base supervisor and if not adequately resolved reported to your Local Council representatives. 

For additional information contact your 
Local Council Office.


Hotel & Transportation Reporting Form
MEC Communications Committee 

The Hotel & Transportation Committee represents the United Master Executive Council and, in particular, is the designee of the MEC President. Her/his charge is to inspect hotels for contractual compliance with hotel requirements working in concert with UAL Corporate Travel.

This Committee works closely with the Local Hotel Committees and investigates Flight Attendant complaints regarding layover hotels, transportation and crew lounge issues to ensure maintained Contract compliance or attention to decline in such requirements.

Flight Attendants are encouraged to utilize the proper channels for reporting issues so that there is real opportunity to seek resolution. 

The new hotel reporting form is available on the unitedafa.org website under the Reports tab.

NOTE: It is very important that Flight Attendants not use company email addresses on any AFA reports, subscriptions to AFA newsletters or with any Union email correspondence. Please use your personal email address. 


New Passport Requirement for Flight Attendants Traveling to Peru 

Effective immediately, Crewmembers traveling to Peru must have at least six (6) months of validity left on their passport from the date of arrival in Lima (LIM).

Any Crewmember who does not have at least six months validity remaining on her/his passport will be denied entry into LIM. Crewmembers should plan accordingly.

Note: Flight Attendants are reminded that they are responsible for maintaining accurate and up to date passport information in CCS. To review your current record or to modify the content log in to CCS ->schedule->passport. 

For additional information regarding unique circumstances for crew passport and visa requirements for non-U.S. destinations information, please reference Flying Together > Inflight > Policies & Procedures > Passports & Visas.


Protect the KCM Privilege 
MEC Safety Health and Security Committee

The Known Crew Member (KCM) program provides Crew Members the opportunity to enjoy the convenience of expedited security screening and to access sterile areas of the airport through a separate KCM portal. The continued viability and success of the program is dependent upon Crew Members demonstrating that they can be trusted to comply with all related requirements. It is imperative that Flight Attendants abide by the KCM imposed rules and regulations to ensure continued participation in the Known Crew Member (KCM) program. Flight Attendants should be aware that TSA has been monitoring flights and reviewing past travel to ensure the policy is being followed. 

Do not carry anything for another person (crew member, family, friends etc.) through KCM. Even something as innocuous as a water bottle can lead to a fine, investigation and loss of KCM privileges permanently. 

Additionally, it is critical that you are aware there are more stringent TSA requirements for security screening for Flight Attendants who 
are NOT on duty (or traveling for company business). For those intending to board an aircraft for personal travel, regardless of travel status (including but not limited to positive-space emergency travel, Union business travel, space-available, CJA, vacation, or commuting) you must enter the sterile area, better known as the public area of the terminal concourse, through a TSA checkpoint. 

If your travels are strictly domestic this can be through the KCM checkpoint. However, if one’s travel plans include international travel, KCM is not an acceptable screening point.

 

Flight Attendants may utilize KCM as an active Crew Member when

·       Traveling as a working crew member in uniform (International/ Domestic)

·       Traveling as a deadheading crew member in or out of uniform (International or Domestic)

·       Traveling positive space on company business (International/ Domestic)

·       Utilizing KCM to go to the airport for company business (not working or boarding a flight)

·       Traveling on personal time as a non-rev or on a paid ticket (Domestic ONLY)

Additionally, as a non-working crew member who does not remain within the confines of sterile area (i.e concourse), secure area (i.e. domicile), SIDA or security restricted areas of the airport (i.e. non-public) prior to boarding the aircraft, she/he must be rescreened utilizing the same requirements listed above. 

If you are in doubt regarding what constitutes the sterile or secure area of your local airport, you should always be rescreened to avoid any violation, KCM revocation, and or penalties. In every instance, if you are uncertain about the proper procedures at any airport, please inquire with a local TSA agent.

Failure to follow the established system-wide TSA policy could result in very serious personal consequences including but not limited to revocation of your badge(s) and fines for the company and the individual responsible for the violation. 

For more information, please refer to www.mykcmsupport.com or contact your Local Council Representatives. 


Flight Attendant W-2s Available no Later than January 31, 2019 

2018 W-2s will be released no later than January 31, 2019 as required by law. Flight Attendants who signed up to receive electronic W-2s will receive an email notification from ADP or HR Communications when your tax forms are available. Flight Attendants electing to receive paper statements will receive their W-2 at your home mailing address as indicated in your Flying

Together > Employee Services > My Info > Personal Details tile.


Reminders and Quick Links

January 17        Revision 27 Available for download
January 28        Supplemental Insurance Base Visits Begin
January 31        Linda F. Farrow Memorial Service

February 1        Revision #27 goes into Effect
February 27      Profit Sharing Distributions