System Seniority List 30-day Protest Period Ends, February 18, 2017

System Seniority List 30-day Protest Period Ends, February 18, 2017

Date: February 14, 2017
Type: AFA Article

As a result of certain omissions from the System Seniority list that was posted in early January, a corrected System Seniority list was posted on January 19, 2017. These omissions were identified by the Union, and working with Labor Relations and Scheduling representatives, these omissions were corrected generating the new list. As a result, the 30-day period provided for under Section 14.C.to protest errors or omissions re-started January 19, 2017, marking the start of the new 30-day period for all Flight Attendants with the exception of those Flight Attendants on vacation, LOA, etc.   Flight Attendants were notified of the reposting and re-starting of the 30-day protest period by e-mail.  In addition, a supplemental CCS message was sent to all pre-merger CAL Flight Attendants. All protests to January 19, 2017 seniority list need to be made by February 18, 2017.

If you have additional questions, please contact the office of the MEC Secretary Treasurer at mecsec@unitedafa.org

AFA Listening Tour: First Stop LAX – Thursday, February 16, 2017

AFA Listening Tour: First Stop LAX – Thursday, February 16, 2017

Date: February 14, 2017
Type: AFA Article

We are launching an AFA Listening Tour this winter and spring with Local, MEC and International Officers. We want to hear from you! 

Our Union is not an institution. It's you, me and all of aviation's first responders. To ensure our Union is reflecting the priorities of Flight Attendants today, these meetings seek to gather your questions, concerns and ideas.

Our first meeting is scheduled for February 16, 2017, in Los Angeles where we have Local Councils from Alaska, Compass, Hawaiian, and United. We'll have MEC, Local and International Presidents from all four airlines to ensure we can address your questions and concerns. All Flight Attendants are welcome! 

First Listening Tour Meeting: Los Angeles

February 16, 2017
11 am - 2 pm

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90045

RSVP HERE >

AFA Officers Scheduled to Attend: 

Sara Nelson, AFA International President
Jeffrey Peterson, AFA Alaska MEC President
Timothy Green, AFA Alaska LAX President
Mike Nelson, AFA Compass MEC President
Brandon Stone, AFA Compass LAX President
Sharon Soper, AFA Hawaiian MEC President
Melissa Hooper, AFA Hawaiian LAX President
Ken Diaz, AFA United MEC President
Dante Harris, AFA United LAX President

Additional locations to be announced soon. 

(UAL) Final Reminder - Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Concludes Friday, February 17, 2017

(UAL) Final Reminder - Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Concludes Friday, February 17, 2017

Date: February 14, 2017
Type: AFA Article

The AFA United MEC Benefits Committee is sending a reminder that Open Enrollment for Aflac/CAIC voluntary supplemental insurance benefits for pre-merger United Flight Attendants is still available. There are three days left to enroll. 

Insurance plans include Short-Term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness (including cancer coverage), and Hospital Indemnity. All policy premiums will be payroll deducted for your convenience. The site has plan summaries, rates and a question and answer document

Go to unitedafa.org and choose “Aflac” from the scrolling banner. From here, you can enroll on the web through the self-service enrollment option, or call 866-715-5847 to have licensed benefits educators help and enroll you by phone. If you are a current policyholder and would like enrollment assistance, please contact our Broker, Tina Jeffrey of Design Benefits at: 888-772-1144 extension 105.

Make Yourself Familiar with 777-300ER Alert Bulletin

Make Yourself Familiar with 777-300ER Alert Bulletin

Date: February 14, 2017
Type: AFA Article

United’s new 777-300ER was delivered on December 21, 2016 and is scheduled to make its first official flight debut on February 16, 2017. Initially, the 366 seat wide-body aircraft will fly domestically between Newark Liberty Airport and San Francisco, before it will be released into our international markets. Shortly after delivery from Boeing, United issued Revision #19, which is currently in effect and was due in your eFOAM, on February 1. On Sunday, February 12, United issued an Alert Bulletin for the 777-300ER concerning the following location changes for several pieces of emergency and required equipment:

  • Bassinets - 5R (2) dropdown ceiling compartment
  • LTD Kits - 5R (5) dropdown ceiling compartments
  • Polar Suits - 5L dropdown ceiling compartment

Included in the same ALERT are the locations of the two closets aft of the self service unit, one on each side. Additionally, the ALERT reiterated the restriction of occupying the forward facing jumpseats, located at 2L and 2R, during taxi, takeoff and landing. However, inflight usage is permitted. (ex: turbulence)

Please make yourself familiar with these important changes by reviewing the Alert Bulletin posted in Flying Together and the United News app.

E-Lines: February 14, 2017

E-Lines: February 14, 2017

Date: February 14, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

Congratulations and Welcome to Our Union Family Class 1626

We congratulate the Flight Attendants from Class 1626 on completion of their 180-day probationary period with United Airlines.  You have now officially joined the world’s largest Union of Flight Attendants!

Make Yourself Familiar with 777-300ER Alert Bulletin

United’s new 777-300ER was delivered on December 21, 2016 and is scheduled to make its first official flight debut on February 16, 2017. Initially, the 366 seat wide-body aircraft will fly domestically between Newark Liberty Airport and San Francisco, before it will be released into our international markets. Shortly after delivery from Boeing, United issued Revision #19, which is currently in effect and was due in your eFOAM, on February 1. On Sunday, February 12, United issued an Alert Bulletin for the 777-300ER concerning the following location changes for several pieces of emergency and required equipment:

  • Bassinets - 5R (2) dropdown ceiling compartment
  • LTD Kits - 5R (5) dropdown ceiling compartments
  • Polar Suits - 5L dropdown ceiling compartment

Included in the same ALERT are the locations of the two closets aft of the self service unit, one on each side. Additionally, the ALERT reiterated the restriction of occupying the forward facing jumpseats, located at 2L and 2R, during taxi, takeoff and landing. However, inflight usage is permitted. (ex: turbulence)

Please make yourself familiar with these important changes by reviewing the Alert Bulletin posted in Flying Together and the United News app.

(UAL) Final Reminder - Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Concludes Friday, February 17, 2017

The AFA United MEC Benefits Committee is sending a reminder that Open Enrollment for Aflac/CAIC voluntary supplemental insurance benefits for pre-merger United Flight Attendants is still available. There are three days left to enroll. 

Insurance plans include Short-Term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness (including cancer coverage), and Hospital Indemnity. All policy premiums will be payroll deducted for your convenience. The site has plan summaries, rates and a question and answer document

Go to unitedafa.org and choose “Aflac” from the scrolling banner. From here, you can enroll on the web through the self-service enrollment option, or call 866-715-5847 to have licensed benefits educators help and enroll you by phone. If you are a current policyholder and would like enrollment assistance, please contact our Broker, Tina Jeffrey of Design Benefits at: 888-772-1144 extension 105.

AFA Listening Tour: First Stop LAX – Thursday, February 16, 2017

We are launching an AFA Listening Tour this winter and spring with Local, MEC and International Officers. We want to hear from you! 

Our Union is not an institution. It's you, me and all of aviation's first responders. To ensure our Union is reflecting the priorities of Flight Attendants today, these meetings seek to gather your questions, concerns and ideas.

Our first meeting is scheduled for February 16, 2017, in Los Angeles where we have Local Councils from Alaska, Compass, Hawaiian, and United. We'll have MEC, Local and International Presidents from all four airlines to ensure we can address your questions and concerns. All Flight Attendants are welcome! 

First Listening Tour Meeting: Los Angeles

February 16, 2017
11 am - 2 pm

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

6101 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA, 90045

RSVP HERE >

AFA Officers Scheduled to Attend: 

Sara Nelson, AFA International President
Jeffrey Peterson, AFA Alaska MEC President
Timothy Green, AFA Alaska LAX President
Mike Nelson, AFA Compass MEC President
Brandon Stone, AFA Compass LAX President
Sharon Soper, AFA Hawaiian MEC President
Melissa Hooper, AFA Hawaiian LAX President
Ken Diaz, AFA United MEC President
Dante Harris, AFA United LAX President

Additional locations to be announced soon. 

System Seniority List 30-day Protest Period Ends, February 18, 2017

As a result of certain omissions from the System Seniority list that was posted in early January, a corrected System Seniority list was posted on January 19, 2017. These omissions were identified by the Union, and working with Labor Relations and Scheduling representatives, these omissions were corrected generating the new list. As a result, the 30-day period provided for under Section 14.C. to protest errors or omissions re-started January 19, 2017, marking the start of the new 30-day period for all Flight Attendants with the exception of those Flight Attendants on vacation, LOA, etc.   Flight Attendants were notified of the reposting and re-starting of the 30-day protest period by e-mail.  In addition, a supplemental CCS message was sent to all pre-merger CAL Flight Attendants. All protests to January 19, 2017 seniority list need to be made by February 18, 2017.

If you have additional questions, please contact the office of the MEC Secretary Treasurer at mecsec@unitedafa.org

Tell the Department of Transportation (DOT): No Calls on Planes!

Tell the Department of Transportation (DOT): No Calls on Planes!

Date: February 10, 2017
Type: AFA Article

In December, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a proposed rule that would allow voice calls inflight. The deadline to register your comments to the DOT is Monday, February 13, 2017.

“The American public does not want voice communication in flight. Anything short of banning voice calls is reckless. It threatens aviation security and increases the likelihood of conflict in the skies. It threatens safety for crews and passengers. AFA will continue to press for a complete ban of inflight voice calls. No calls on planes. Period," said AFA International President Sara Nelson.

You can submit a personal comment based on your experience as a Flight Attendant. Public comments close on Monday, February 13, 2017. Make sure your voice is heard. Go to NoCallsonPlanes.org now to access the electronic form to leave your comment with the DOT >

Voice calls on planes threaten aviation security and safety. No voice calls on planes:

  • No one wants this. In past comment periods, 96% of responses called for a ban on inflight voice calls. The vast majority of the public, travelers associations, and unions reject inflight voice calls as injecting an unwanted, unneeded "service" into an already crowded, stress-filled cabin environment.
  • Confusion and conflict. Flight Attendants hear all the time from passengers that they were permitted to do something on a previous flight that they are now prevented from doing. Allowing airlines to choose whether and how to permit voice calls will create wide disparities and confusion from airline to airline. This creates confusion at best and hostility or disruptive behavior at worst.
  • Undermines aviation security. As greater numbers of cabin occupants make onboard voice calls, terrorists will take advantage of the looser environment to blend in, effectively eliminating the cabin crew's ability to identify an attack that is being planned or in progress. Banning voice calling now will preserve this essential element of cabin crew situational awareness.
  • No options. Any travelers who reject the concept of inflight voice calls due to consolidation will lack any meaningful choice of airline to fly. In fact, their only choice may be to not fly at all, which will cause economic harm to the industry and AFA Members. Travelers unaware of the policy on a particular carrier may complain about voice calls being made during their flights, but these complaints will be ignored much as complaints about lack of legroom are ignored today. 

 Bottom Line: The DOT needs to ban voice calls now! Go to NoCallsonPlanes.org now to leave your comment with the DOT >

(UAL) Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Concludes February 17

(UAL) Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Concludes February 17

Date: February 10, 2017
Type: AFA Article

The AFA United MEC Benefits Committee is sending a reminder that Open Enrollment for Aflac/CAIC voluntary supplemental insurance benefits for pre-merger United Flight Attendants is still available. There is one week left to enroll. 

Insurance plans include Short-Term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness (including cancer coverage), and Hospital Indemnity. All policy premiums will be payroll deducted for your convenience. The site has plan summaries, rates and a question and answer document

Go to unitedafa.org and choose “Aflac” from the scrolling banner. From here, you can enroll on the web through the self-service enrollment option, or call 866-715-5847 to have licensed benefits educators help and enroll you by phone. If you are a current policyholder and would like enrollment assistance, please contact our Broker, Tina Jeffrey of Design Benefits at: 888-772-1144 extension 105.

Deadline to Make Profit Sharing Elections

Deadline to Make Profit Sharing Elections

Date: February 10, 2017
Type: AFA Article

The special election window which provides Flight Attendants with the ability to allocate some or all of the Profit Sharing to their eligible retirement plan account is now open and will close on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

As a reminder, Profit Sharing payments will be paid out on Feb. 27, 2017, through your normal payroll process (i.e., direct deposit or physical check) and payments will be issued in a separate check.

(UAL) 777-300 (77W) Bid Galley Positions

(UAL) 777-300 (77W) Bid Galley Positions

Date: February 10, 2017
Type: AFA Article

These new positions shall be available for bidding on the 777-300 (77W) per Section 9.C.6 of the pre-merger United Flight Attendant Contract by indicated the following while bidding:

Flight Attendants, who are awarded and fly these premium positions beginning with the March schedule, will automatically receive this compensation in addition to the regular compensation. If you were not awarded these premium positions and however you worked them, you should submit a DSPFAC for compensation.

In those circumstances where the individual “C” or “D” position is not required as is the situations on domestic flights, the open galley position is filled consistent with the provisions of Section 9.F.7. of our Contract.

(CMI) Crew Meals Implementation

(CMI) Crew Meals Implementation

Date: February 10, 2017
Type: AFA Article

The remaining pre-merger CMI Flight Attendant crew meals that were not previously implemented on December 1, 2016, will now be aligned within the specifications of Section 5.A.3 of the JCBA, effective March 1, 2017.  Flights that are scheduled for crew meals will be indicated with an “M” notably marked on your pairing/IDYou should always check your pairing/ID to verify that you were scheduled for a crew meal prior to contacting catering. The new provision of Section 5.A.3 includes the following markets:

  • GUM –YAP-ROR-YAP-GUM
  • Island Hopper (GUM-HNL-GUM and all segments in-between)
  • GUM-TKK-PNI-GUM

With the implementation of Section 5.A.3 all crew meals will now be in effect for all of pre merger CMI. Please Note: The .75 cent per hour crew meal allowance in section 4.R of the premerger CMI CBA will be discontinued beginning with the March bid month.

E-Lines: February 10, 2017

E-Lines: February 10, 2017

Date: February 10, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

(CMI) Crew Meals Implementation

The remaining pre-merger CMI Flight Attendant crew meals that were not previously implemented on December 1, 2016, will now be aligned within the specifications of Section 5.A.3 of the JCBA, effective March 1, 2017.  Flights that are scheduled for crew meals will be indicated with an “M” notably marked on your pairing/IDYou should always check your pairing/ID to verify that you were scheduled for a crew meal prior to contacting catering. The new provision of Section 5.A.3 includes the following markets:

  • GUM –YAP-ROR-YAP-GUM
  • Island Hopper (GUM-HNL-GUM and all segments in-between)
  • GUM-TKK-PNI-GUM

With the implementation of Section 5.A.3 all crew meals will now be in effect for all of pre merger CMI. Please Note: The .75 cent per hour crew meal allowance in section 4.R of the premerger CMI CBA will be discontinued beginning with the March bid month. 

(UAL) 777-300 (77W) Bid Galley Positions

AFA and United have agreed on a mutual understanding for pre-merger United Flight Attendants to be able to bid, and be awarded the 777-300 (77W) Premium Galley position, effective with the March Flight Attendant schedule month.

These new positions shall be available for bidding on the 777-300 (77W) per Section 9.C.6 of the pre-merger United Flight Attendant Contract by indicated the following while bidding:

Flight Attendants, who are awarded and fly these premium positions beginning with the March schedule, will automatically receive this compensation in addition to the regular compensation. If you were not awarded these premium positions and however you worked them, you should submit a DSPFAC for compensation.

In those circumstances where the individual “C” or “D” position is not required as is the situations on domestic flights, the open galley position is filled consistent with the provisions of Section 9.F.7. of our Contract.

Deadline to Make Profit Sharing Elections

The special election window which provides Flight Attendants with the ability to allocate some or all of the Profit Sharing to their eligible retirement plan account is now open and will close on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

As a reminder, Profit Sharing payments will be paid out on Feb. 27, 2017, through your normal payroll process (i.e., direct deposit or physical check) and payments will be issued in a separate check.

(UAL) Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment Concludes February 17

The AFA United MEC Benefits Committee is sending a reminder that Open Enrollment for Aflac/CAIC voluntary supplemental insurance benefits for pre-merger United Flight Attendants is still available. There is one week left to enroll. 

Insurance plans include Short-Term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness (including cancer coverage), and Hospital Indemnity. All policy premiums will be payroll deducted for your convenience. The site has plan summaries, rates and a question and answer document

Go to unitedafa.org and choose “Aflac” from the scrolling banner. From here, you can enroll on the web through the self-service enrollment option, or call 866-715-5847 to have licensed benefits educators help and enroll you by phone. If you are a current policyholder and would like enrollment assistance, please contact our Broker, Tina Jeffrey of Design Benefits at: 888-772-1144 extension 105.

Tell the Department of Transportation (DOT): No Calls on Planes!

In December, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a proposed rule that would allow voice calls inflight. The deadline to register your comments to the DOT is Monday, February 13, 2017.

“The American public does not want voice communication in flight. Anything short of banning voice calls is reckless. It threatens aviation security and increases the likelihood of conflict in the skies. It threatens safety for crews and passengers. AFA will continue to press for a complete ban of inflight voice calls. No calls on planes. Period," said AFA International President Sara Nelson.

You can submit a personal comment based on your experience as a Flight Attendant. Public comments close on Monday, February 13, 2017. Make sure your voice is heard. Go to NoCallsonPlanes.org now to access the electronic form to leave your comment with the DOT >

Voice calls on planes threaten aviation security and safety. No voice calls on planes:

  • No one wants this. In past comment periods, 96% of responses called for a ban on inflight voice calls. The vast majority of the public, travelers associations, and unions reject inflight voice calls as injecting an unwanted, unneeded "service" into an already crowded, stress-filled cabin environment.
  • Confusion and conflict. Flight Attendants hear all the time from passengers that they were permitted to do something on a previous flight that they are now prevented from doing. Allowing airlines to choose whether and how to permit voice calls will create wide disparities and confusion from airline to airline. This creates confusion at best and hostility or disruptive behavior at worst.
  • Undermines aviation security. As greater numbers of cabin occupants make onboard voice calls, terrorists will take advantage of the looser environment to blend in, effectively eliminating the cabin crew's ability to identify an attack that is being planned or in progress. Banning voice calling now will preserve this essential element of cabin crew situational awareness.
  • No options. Any travelers who reject the concept of inflight voice calls due to consolidation will lack any meaningful choice of airline to fly. In fact, their only choice may be to not fly at all, which will cause economic harm to the industry and AFA Members. Travelers unaware of the policy on a particular carrier may complain about voice calls being made during their flights, but these complaints will be ignored much as complaints about lack of legroom are ignored today. 

 Bottom Line: The DOT needs to ban voice calls now! Go to NoCallsonPlanes.org now to leave your comment with the DOT >

Flight Attendant Union: Norwegian Air International Would Have Detrimental Impact to American Jobs and Economy

Flight Attendant Union: Norwegian Air International Would Have Detrimental Impact to American Jobs and Economy

Date: February 8, 2017
Type: AFA Media Release
Contact: Taylor Garland at 202-550-5520

Washington, DC (February 8, 2017) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) International President Sara Nelson issued the following statement after Sean Spicer’s comments on Norwegian Air International (NAI) at yesterday's White House press briefing. 

“President Trump has repeatedly stated that he will put American jobs first. Norwegian Air International has refused to make any legally-binding commitments to hiring American crews. Sean Spicer's comments conflict with the President's promises to American workers.  Norwegian’s ‘flag-of-convenience’ model for its NAI subsidiary changes the rules to outsource American jobs. Pure and simple. It's the exact same scheme that sent 100,000 U.S. shipping jobs to countries with the lowest labor standards. But this time, 300,000 American jobs and the U.S. aviation industry are on the line. We look forward to President Trump taking action to enforce Open Skies Agreements and protecting good U.S. aviation jobs."

 

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The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 71 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

Winter Storm to Impact BOS, EWR and Washington Area, Positive Space Travel Available

Winter Storm to Impact BOS, EWR and Washington Area, Positive Space Travel Available

Date: February 8, 2017
Type: AFA Article

Winter storms are forecast for the Boston, New York, and Washington area beginning this evening and continuing into Thursday.  United has implemented a positive space travel from Wednesday, February 8 through Friday, February 10, for Flight Attendants commuting to and from BOS, EWR and LGA, or IAD, DCA and BWI airports.

If you are a commuter needing to get to or from these affected hubs:

List for your flight, then contact your base concierge desk with you PNR for authorization. Once your PNR is authorized you will be able to check in and select your seat. Please note: This positive space travel does not place you in a must ride status. 

For additional information please contact your base supervisor.

Medical Tax Form 1095 – A Requirement Under the Affordable Care Act

Medical Tax Form 1095 – A Requirement Under the Affordable Care Act

Date: February 7, 2017
Type: AFA Article

Who will receive this form? 

You will receive Form 1095 if, for at least one day in the last calendar year, you were any of the following: 

  • A full-time employee of an employer with more than 50 full-time employees
  • A part-time employee who was enrolled in medical coverage
  • An individual with COBRA coverage 
  • A retiree or dependent of a retiree under the age of 65 who was enrolled in medical coverage 

Watch for the forms to arrive by mail, in their own envelope, separate from other tax forms.  If you would like to receive form 1095 electronically visit flying together, employee services, benefits and click on the tile medical tax forms 1095C located on the bottom of the page. Once you have accessed the information and click on Choose Electronic Notification for Immediate Access to Your Form 1095, located on the top right corner of the page. Make sure to obtain a copy of your 1095 tax document for your record.

Additional information is available via the Q & A on our website

Please see your base supervisor if you need any additional information.

Reminder, No Changes to Duty Free Sales and Commissions

Reminder, No Changes to Duty Free Sales and Commissions

Date: February 7, 2017
Type: AFA Article

As a reminder, the changes to duty free sales and commissions that were scheduled to be implemented on February 1, 2017, have been postponed. These changes were originally announced in the January 4, 2017 weekly ISM/Purser Briefing. However, a decision was made to hold off on implementing these changes. At this time, please continue with your current pre-merger procedures for Duty Free Sales and Commission structures.

Personal Credit Card is Not Required to Check into Layover Hotel Rooms

Personal Credit Card is Not Required to Check into Layover Hotel Rooms

Date: February 7, 2017
Type: AFA Article

We have been receiving inquires from Flight Attendants who have been asked to provide their personal credit card when checking into our layover hotels. Section 5.B.4 has not yet been implemented of the JCBA and Flight Attendants are NOT required to provide a credit card upon check-in to their hotel room.

Flight Attendants are required to check-in and out of their hotel rooms. If a Flight Attendant incurred incidental expenses charged to their hotel room, she / he will be required to stop at the front desk to check-out and settle their account before leaving the premises. Payment can always be made in cash or by credit card.

Please contact your Local Council Representatives to address any questions that you may have.

E-Lines: February 07, 2017

E-Lines: February 07, 2017

Date: February 7, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

Congratulations and Welcome to Our Union Family Class 1625

We congratulate the Flight Attendants from Class 1624 on completion of their 180-day probationary period with United Airlines.  You have now officially joined the world’s largest Union of Flight Attendants!

Personal Credit Card is Not Required to Check into Layover Hotel Rooms

We have been receiving inquires from Flight Attendants who have been asked to provide their personal credit card when checking into our layover hotels. Section 5.B.4 has not yet been implemented of the JCBA and Flight Attendants are NOT required to provide a credit card upon check-in to their hotel room.

Flight Attendants are required to check-in and out of their hotel rooms. If a Flight Attendant incurred incidental expenses charged to their hotel room, she / he will be required to stop at the front desk to check-out and settle their account before leaving the premises. Payment can always be made in cash or by credit card.

Please contact your Local Council Representatives to address any questions that you may have.

Reminder, No Changes to Duty Free Sales and Commissions

As a reminder, the changes to duty free sales and commissions that were scheduled to be implemented on February 1, 2017, have been postponed. These changes were originally announced in the January 4, 2017 weekly ISM/Purser Briefing. However, a decision was made to hold off on implementing these changes. At this time, please continue with your current pre-merger procedures for Duty Free Sales and Commission structures.

Medical Tax Form 1095 – A Requirement Under the Affordable Care Act

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) US law requires us to be adequately insured during the year. Form 1095 Medical Tax form is required in order to complete and file your 2016 taxes, as the form provides proof that you had medical coverage. If you did not carry medical coverage, you could face tax penalties. 

Who will receive this form? 

You will receive Form 1095 if, for at least one day in the last calendar year, you were any of the following: 

  • A full-time employee of an employer with more than 50 full-time employees
  • A part-time employee who was enrolled in medical coverage
  • An individual with COBRA coverage 
  • A retiree or dependent of a retiree under the age of 65 who was enrolled in medical coverage 

Watch for the forms to arrive by mail, in their own envelope, separate from other tax forms.  If you would like to receive form 1095 electronically visit flying together, employee services, benefits and click on the tile medical tax forms 1095C located on the bottom of the page. Once you have accessed the information and click on Choose Electronic Notification for Immediate Access to Your Form 1095, located on the top right corner of the page. Make sure to obtain a copy of your 1095 tax document for your record.

Additional information is available via the Q & A on our website

Please see your base supervisor if you need any additional information.

Celebrating Black History Month

Celebrating Black History Month

Date: February 4, 2017
Type: AFA Article

We have heard from several Members who were concerned about the text of the February 3rd E-lines article on Black History Month.  We apologize for anything other than a respectfully received presentation.  We have revised the article based on those concerns.     

We fly to every corner of the earth and represent thousands of Flight Attendants based outside the United States.  During your travels this month, know that Black History is something we celebrate with people around the world. The text of the revised article follows:

Black History month is celebrated each year during the month of February.  During this month, the United States along with Canada and the United Kingdom, remember the important people and events in the history of the African people. 

During this annual celebration of the achievements by black Americans, we remember and honor the first African American Flight Attendant, Leopoldine Doualla-Bell Smith who took to the skies at the age of 17 on February 11, 1958 working for Mohawk Airlines.   Today, at age 76, Doualla-Bell Smith is retired in Denver, Colorado and was recently honored for her years of service at the Flight Path Museum at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).  Read moreabout this amazing woman, courtesy of NBC news.

Take time each day to celebrate the accomplishments of leaders, activists, professionals, patriots and community leaders who give meaning to Black History Month.