E-Lines: February 03, 2017

E-Lines: February 03, 2017

Date: February 3, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

How Do I Contact My Local Council

With the merger of the Local Councils we want to remind everyone of the various ways to obtain contact information of your Local Council office.

  1. Visit unitedafa.org and select Local Council from the main navigation bar.
  2. Check your Local Council general or electronic bulletin board.
  3. Call 1-800-Dear AFA (1-800-332-7232), enter your employee number and select option 4. 

CQ CBT Glitches: Follow the Proper Reporting Guidelines

We have received a number of phone calls regarding Flight Attendants having issues with the 2017 Continuing Qualification (CQ) Computer Based Training (CBT). These concerns have varied from freezing screens, missing components to questions, and reduction in the percentage completion for any module where there have been issues affecting its completion.

Your MEC Officers together with the MEC Safety Committee have been in contact with United management to express our concerns for those who are rapidly approaching a CQ deadline.  The company has assured us that anyone who is unable to complete a section or progress forward will receive the necessary assistance, but Flight Attendants should follow the guidance provided.

Flight Attendants experiencing any glitch while completing CBTs must follow the steps listed below:

  • Call United’s Take Off Learning IT Support desk at 877-825-3729, option 7. You must report your concerns, work with the IT personnel, and follow the guidance provided.
  • There may be a re-launch of a particular section of the CBT, which could require repeating a module. 

In each instance a ticket number will be issued and sent to the Flight Attendant’s united.com company e-mail address.

If the Flight Attendant is unable to achieve resolution after working with United’s Take-Off learning IT Support (and this may require more than one phone call or reset) please contact your Local Council for additional assistance.

We recommend Flight Attendants experiencing difficulties take screen shots or photos logging their point of completion to ensure they have a record of their progress completion.  

For additional information please see your Local Council

Additional Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements

Working in partnership with representatives from Inflight Services, we have been exploring opportunities to enter into additional Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements with other airlines.  We’re pleased to report that Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements have been executed and are now in effect with Allegiant Air and Great Lakes Airlines.

You can find more information, including listing and check-in procedures, attire, and general guidelines by visiting the Reciprocal Travel Agreements page on the secured members only section of unitedafa.org. For more than a decade, AFA has been a strong advocate for Flight Attendant Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements, and we’ll continue to work with Inflight to find additional opportunities to add more agreements.

For more information on these new Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements and about listing, check-in procedures, and guidelines visit our website.

Profit Sharing Election Window Closes February 12

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. 

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 through February 12, 2017.

Note: Internationally domiciled Flight Attendants in FRA, HKG, LHR or NRT will not receive a separate paycheck but will instead receive the Profit Sharing payment on their regular paycheck closest to the distribution date due to taxation and other regulation issues net of any deferrals to any eligible retirement plan account. Members outside the U.S. who are enrolled in the floor rate program receive appropriate floor exchange rates when Profit Sharing payments are received through the normal payroll process.

For 2016, for Flight Attendants Profit Sharing percentage of 1/1/16 – 12/31/16 eligible earnings is 7.8766%. Flight Attendants can access their individual statements in Flying Together > My Info > Mangers Tool Box > Profit Sharing Payout Details.  Supervisors & managers do not have access to your individual Profit Sharing statement. 

AFA Congratulates Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao On Confirmation

AFA congratulates Secretary Elaine Chao on her confirmation as United States Secretary of Transportation.  Safe air travel and a strong U.S. aviation industry are a vital part of the U.S. economy. AFA looks forward to working with Secretary Chao on issues including enforcing Open Skies agreements to maintain good U.S. aviation jobs and continue collaborative safety work as in the case of combatting human trafficking. AFA will continue to offer our experience in the aircraft cabin to promote aviation safety, health and security as Secretary Chao leads our nation's Department of Transportation.