E-Lines: January 06, 2017

E-Lines: January 06, 2017

Date: January 6, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

Sign the Petition: Save U.S. Aviation Jobs

The U.S. Department of Transportation wrongly approved a foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International (NAI). The decision sets aside the labor protections that were central to the U.S.- EU Open Skies Agreement.

This affects our jobs and our nation's ability to move millions of people and connect with the rest of the world.

Now is the time to turn up the heat Flight Attendants! Spread this petition to your family, friends and neighbors, saveusaviationjobs.org, and stop the business model that will lead to outsourcing of our jobs! Sign the petition and tell President Obama to stand up for American jobs and the safest aviation system in the world. He still has time to reverse this decision. Don’t delay, SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!

MEC Meeting to be Held January 17-19 in Houston 

The 2017 Winter Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) is scheduled to take place January 17-19, 2017 each day at 9:00 AM local time at the Hyatt Regency North Houston, 425 North Sam Houston Parkway East in Houston, Texas. 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 Houston area.  Scheduled times for your Local Council's meeting and the MEC Meeting Agenda and Advance Agenda Items are posted on our website. To view the agenda you will need to login to your secure Members only area on our website.

Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

On Monday, January 16 this nation will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Held each year on the third Monday of January, we celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader on this federal holiday.

This day provides us with the opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as well as on how far we have yet to go. We can accomplish anything when standing together. AFA honors Dr. King every day by promoting our collective bargaining rights and demanding equality for all regardless of race, color, age, sexual orientation, and gender.

Semi Annual System Seniority List Posted

United posted our semi-annual Flight Attendant System Seniority List on Thursday, January 5, 2017, consistent with Section 14.C. of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA). This list is available at each base and can be accessed through United’s Flying Together website via the Inflight Services homepage, Crew Scheduling > All Flight Attendants and click on the Semi-annual seniority list – January 2017 link.  

As stated in Section 14.C. of our JCBA, Flight Attendants have a period of 30 days from January 5, 2017, to protest any alleged omission or error affecting their seniority. Flight Attendants on vacation, leaves of absence, furlough, or sick list have a period of 30 days after returning to flight duty to protest. 

If you have any questions or you believe that there is an error or omission, affecting your seniority please, contact your AFA Local Council Office for assistance.

Effects of Secondhand Smoke Exposure Prior to Ban Research Study

AFA Members, active and retired, are invited to participate in a University of Colorado health study that is intended to assess the health effects of Flight Attendants’ onboard exposures to second-hand smoke. The University’s Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute (FAMRI) in Denver, Colorado is looking for individuals to participate in their research study “Effects of Secondhand Smoke Exposure on Pre-ban Flight Attendants.

The Research Institute is conducting research screenings to increase understanding of how exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke by pre-ban Flight Attendants has affected their quality of life, use of healthcare resources, decline in lung function and development of cardiovascular and sinus disease over time. While part of the study involves completing questionnaires, a primary aspect of their study includes visiting their clinic in Denver to perform a full lung function test and EKG. 

To be eligible for this study you must be a current and/or former non-smoking Flight Attendant, 50 years of age or older, and must have flown any length of time before the smoking ban.

If you are interested in the study or would like more information, please call (303) 724-6066.