E-Lines: January 03, 2017

E-Lines: January 03, 2017

Date: January 3, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

JCBA Section 28 - Commuter Program Details

When unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances prevent us from reporting as scheduled Section 28 of our JCBA, the Commuter Program establishes the process. On December 30, 2016, Section 28 of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) became effective.

The program covers Flight Attendants that commute to their base by automobile, bus, train, public surface transportation and United and United Express flights. When circumstances occur, such as unforeseen weather conditions/natural disasters, hazardous/impassable roads, mechanical failures, or unexpected airport disruption/closure, the Commuter Program sets the protocol and procedure for actions to be taken by the Flight Attendant, Crew Scheduling and the Flight Attendant’s Base. 

Both pre-merger CAL and CMI had a similar program available in their Contract, most commonly referred to as the “Oops” policy. However, this new Commuter program outlined in the JCBA introduces the program to pre-merger United Flight Attendants a new provisions for all Flight Attendants versus current practices or policies in place pre-merger. 

Additionally, you should be familiar with Section 28.E which address how Flight Attendants who are delayed in reporting and instructed to continue to their base may be reassigned. 

Visit our website to review the details of the Section 28 -Commuter Program in its entirety. 

Hotel Gainsharing Section 5.C is Now in Effect

Good news! Section 5.C – Hotel Gainsharing, of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) has now been implemented for all United Flight Attendants.

Hotel Gainsharing (Section 5.C.) occurs when a Flight Attendants cancels her/his hotel room no more than seventy-two (72:00) and no less than twenty-four hours (24:00 Domestic) or forty-eight (48:00 International) prior to the original check-in time for the trip. If a Flight Attendants cancels their hotel room in accordance with the provisions of our Contract, she/he will receive no less than twenty dollars ($20.00) for each cancelled hotel room.  

Reimbursement will be provided in accordance with Section 5.C of the JCBA and will be processed by Crew Pay. This will usually show up on your paycheck one month after making your gainsharing request.

All Flight Attendants: will use CCS in order to make their hotel gainsharing request. You can log in to United’s CCS platform via https://ccs.ual.com or the quick link found on our homepage. United has also provided a CCS user guide that can be found on our website

A Hotel Gainsharing user guide can be accessed under Help in the upper right hand menu of your CCS home screen.

Group Universal Life Insurance

As part of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA), Group Universal Life Insurance (GUL) is the Voluntary Life Insurance product for all Flight Attendant effective January 1, 2017. 

Pre-merger CAL and CMI Flight Attendants will move from Voluntary Term Life insurance to Group Universal Life (GUL) insurance effective January 1, 2017.  The move to GUL will affect how your premium deductions/contributions are processed from your paycheck, as deductions will now be taken out once per month on the second of the month paycheck.  This second of the month deduction remains the same for pre-merger United Flight Attendants.

Coverage for Voluntary Life Insurance, including GUL, is signed up for in multiples of annual “Salary” for the Flight Attendant.  One to ten times annual salary can be elected up to a maximum of $600,000.  Effective January 1, 2017, there are changes for all Flight Attendants as the JCBA has a new definition for annual “Salary” for GUL.  Annual salary is defined as 85 hours per month, times your hourly rate, time 12 months. 

Monthly premium rates for coverage are based on age bands and the amount of coverage elected in $1000 increments.  Both your age and pay increases have an effect on your coverage amount and thus your premiums:

All Flight Attendants enrolled in GUL have been mailed a GUL Certificate Specifications Page from Securian/Minnesota Life.  This page will show both the amount of coverage and your premium.  With the JCBA change to the definition of salary, accompanied by an increase in contractual pay rates, most Flight Attendants will see an increase in both the amount of Life Insurance coverage and a corresponding increase in premiums. Coverage levels can be changed by going to Securian’s website through Your Benefits Resources YBR on Flying Together, under the Employee Services tab.  For any questions regarding GUL please contact Securian/Minnesota Life at (866) 887-1043.

Pass Travel: Designate Your Primary Friend

Employees who do not have a spouse or domestic partner listed on their travel benefits can designate one of their two enrolled friends to board at the same boarding priority as a spouse or domestic partner. The designation period began Jan 1, 2017.   Select your primary friend by visiting employeeRES.

United Launches New Uniform Program

January 1, 2017, the combined Flight Attendant uniform program launched. Please make yourself familiar with the details:

  • A 75 point annual allotment will be awarded to each Flight Attendant. The allotment will be based on 12 months of active service from the previous calendar year. 
  • Annual point allotments will be prorated for any periods of inactivity from the previous year.
  • Any Flight Attendants returning from a voluntary or involuntary leave of absence or furlough will receive the following: 

The total of all unused uniform points as of the effective date of the leave, plus any uniform points that were accrued prior to the effective date of the leave. The combination of unused and accrued uniform points will not exceed the yearly 75 point maximum allocation.

  • New hire Flight Attendants: If you were hired in 2016, regardless of your pre-merger subsidiary, you will receive a prorated number of points in 2017. All other new hires will receive a prorated number of points on their 13th month of activity – based on their date of hire or seniority.

As a reminder, Flight Attendants may not elect to rollover unused points into a new year.