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:

  • Island Hopper (GUM-HNL-GUM and all segments in-between)

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 >