E-Lines: January 20, 2017

E-Lines: January 20, 2017

Date: January 20, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

System Seniority List Re-posted – 30-day Protest Period Starts Today

As a result of certain omissions from the System Seniority list that was posted earlier this month, a corrected System Seniority list will be posted today.   These omissions were identified by the Union and, working with Labor Relations and Scheduling representatives, these omissions were corrected and a new list was generated.  As a result, the 30-day period provided for under Section 14.C. to protest errors or omissions has been re-started with today 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.

If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council.

New Cintas Website - Enhanced Uniform Pieces Now Available

Cintas has a new website, shop.mycintas.com. The new website will require you to create a new account. When creating your account, with the new website, you will be required to enter UAL0 in front of your 6-digit employee number. For example, if your employee number is u012345, you will need to log in as UAL0012345.  The Useful Websites page on the United MEC website has been updated.

If you have any questions or problems accessing your account on the new site, please contact Cinta’s Customer Service Team at 1.800.889.0331. The new enhanced uniform pieces are now available to order via the Cintas website

2017 Winter United MEC Regular Meeting Concludes

The Winter 2017 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) concluded on January 19, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency North in Houston. Your Local Council President, was joined by the 15 other Local Presidents from around our system. The Benefits Committee, Hotel and Transportation Committee, and Safety, Health and Security Committee presented their annual report. 

In addition, the meeting also included a professional development session which included highlights of our new Newsletter Sending System and a review of all grievance processes. The business of our Union and issues that are important to you were addressed during the meeting and the summaries for each day of this meeting will be posted on the United MEC website and available to the Membership.

Transition to the Flight Attendant 401(k) plan and Automatic Increase Program

As part of the implementation of the Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA), all pre-merger United and pre-merger Continental Flight Attendants are now a part of the  Flight Attendant 401(k) plan.  This transition took place at the beginning of January 2017. 

The JCBA also provides the company the ability to have a positive enrollment for the Automatic Increase Program (AIP).  The company is implementing this as of January 1, 2017 for the Flight Attendant 401(k) plan.  This feature increases Flight Attendant contributions by 1% per year on the Flight Attendant’s pay anniversary date until the Flight Attendant is contributing 10% of earnings to the 401(k).  If a Flight Attendant does not want to participate in the automatic increase feature, they can opt-out at any time by going online to Fidelity’s website and turning the feature off.  Since the positive enrollment is new for pre-merger United and Continental Flight Attendants, a letter was sent out on January 18th providing additional detail on this plan feature.

If you have questions contact your Local Council Benefits Committee.

The Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States Today, January 20 

Large crowds are expected for the 45th U.S. Presidential Inauguration that will take place in Washington, D.C., today, January 20. Flight Attendants and their eligible pass riders should avoid traveling to and from the D.C. metro area starting today and through the weekend.

Human Trafficking Pre Super Bowl Training Awareness 

As Flight Attendants, we are uniquely positioned to identify human traffickers and assist their victims. Flight crews are skilled observers, and with the appropriate training, they can be the frontline against trafficking. It is estimated that at least 12.3 million adults and children are enslaved around the world and that 56 percent are women and girls. Mega events like the Super Bowl are a magnet for human traffickers. Super Bowl 51 is scheduled for February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. During the time of the Super Bowl we ask every Flight Attendant to be vigilant of the situations around you. Review the indicators of human trafficking and know how and where to report suspicious behavior. There are several ways to obtain the knowledge you need to be pro active in our fight against human trafficking:

  • Airline Ambassadors International will be offering a training in Houston on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:00AM – 11:30AM. The training will take place at William P. Hobby Airport, ticketing level Conference Room A&B. To register: Roslyn@traveltodogood.com or by calling 832-819-0467. 
  • Go to: www.dhs.gov/humantrafficking and take the on line training course.

Additionally, as part of Revision #19, that is due in your manual by February 1, 2017, United added Human Trafficking and Flight Attendant processes to your LINK.

To Report Human Trafficking

If you suspect a case of human trafficking: 

  • Call toll-free (866) 347-2423 from anywhere in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada.
  • Call (802) 872-6199 (not toll-free) from any country in the world.
  • Report the tip online at www.ice.gov/tips
  • Follow reporting policy and procedures, including using cockpit communications or other methods as part of the Blue Lightning Initiative.

Please take a minute to review some of the indicators of human trafficking: 

  • Physical control of travel documents of an adult traveler by a co-traveler
  • Restricting the movement and social interaction of an adult traveler by a co-traveler
  • An adult traveler who is unclear on details of his/her final destination or point of contact
  • A child traveler who appears to be accompanied by someone claiming to be the parent or guardian who is in fact not related to the child. 

Recognize it! Report it!