E-Lines: January 24, 2017

E-Lines: January 24, 2017

Date: January 24, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

2016 Electronic W-2 Available Online 

Flight Attendants who registered by January 15, 2017 to receive their 2016 United Airlines tax statement [W-2] electronically (paperless), can now access these documents for printing or viewing. To obtain a copy follow the instructions listed below:  

Go to Flying Together -> Employee Services -> My Info-> Manager’s Toolbox and click on the W-2 tile. Then click on "Access Current Year-End Tax Statements" and click on the year you would like to view. Select your method of delivery (Download, Fax or Mail.) If you select download, a new window will open which will allow you to view, save, or print your electronic W-2.

NOTE: Adobe Reader must be installed on your computer in order to view your documents. If you are having issues accessing your documents please ensure that you are using one of the following browsers:

Internet Explorer 11

Firefox 24

Chrome 35

Safari 6 (Mac Only)

In order to access these forms, you must log in directly to Flying Together.  Do not enter through CCS. Ensure any installed pop-up blocker is turned off.  These tax statements will be available to view or download until Sunday, October 15, 2017.  After that time, you can only obtain a copy using the “Reissue” option.

[UAL] 2016 Per Diem Reports & MFTRs are Now Available 

2016 Per Diem & MFTR reports for pre-merger United Flight Attendants are now available on Flying Together. To access your report, Go to Flying Together -> Employee Services -> My Info-> Manager’s Toolbox and click on the MRTR or Per Diem tile.   For additional information, please contact the Payroll Care Center.

DOL Changes Regulations Regarding Electronic Voting Prompts Changes to AFA Constitution & Bylaws

Recent changes to Department of Labor regulations regarding electronic voting as well as changes to the AFA-CWA Constitution & Bylaws have driven changes to our historically understood voting practice.  Effective this year, when casting votes with an AFA ballot, Members will no longer be able to re-vote or change their vote once their vote has been cast. Eligibility to vote will be determined prior to the ballot mailing. If you are eligible to vote at the time of mailing you will remain eligible throughout the ballot period. Any Flight Attendant that is ineligible at the time of mailing can still make her/himself eligible to vote by becoming dues current. Electronic voting remains the most convenient and easiest method for the Membership, utilizing the ability to cast their vote via the internet or telephone, regardless of their location in the world. These new steps will ensure compliance with the DOL decision on electronic voting and is already in effect. The voting will be for the nomination and election process for Local Council 25 LAS and Local Council 8 NRT, Officers and Council Representatives. For more information on the election nomination and voting process, visit AFACWA-elections.org. For additional information concerning the DOL voting changes, a Q & A has been posted on our website

Luggage Replacement Procedures 

On January 1, 2017, United launched the new uniform program under the provisions of the JCBA. Many of you have inquired about the procedure for replacement coats and luggage. Section 25.D.1-4 Replacements, outlines the details for replacement of accessory items due to normal wear and tear.

  1. The Company shall replace all basic uniform items (utilizing annual point allotment) and one of the following accessory items, when necessary due to normal wear at no cost to the Flight Attendant. The Flight Attendant may choose which of the following accessory items shall be the no cost item:

 

 Each base has a designated supervisor that will handle the accessory replacement issues. Check with the uniform designee at your base.  

Positive Space Travel 

Recently, Flight Attendants who travel from their base location to attend CQ or other mandatory company trainings have reported their requests for positive space travel to/from their home or base to the training location have not been immediately accommodated.   All Flight Attendants who travel to a training location away from their base location, without regard to pre-merger subsidiary, are entitled to fee-waived positive space [PS-5B or equivalent] company business passes from either the Flight Attendant’s domicile or home. This provision covers travel to and from mandatory trainings [CQ] or meetings.  If you experience resistance from management when requesting this travel, please contact your Local Council Office for assistance.

Flight Attendant Union Encouraged by President’s TPP Policy, Urges Action on Global Aviation Agreements 

Washington, D.C. (January 23, 2017) — In a statement by Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) on President Trump’s executive order to withdraw from the negotiating process of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), AFA has publicly stated, “Formally withdrawing from the TPP is the right move for working people and their families in this country. President Trump has repeatedly stated that his guiding principle will be to put American jobs first. We encourage the Trump Administration to enforce Open Skies agreements that promised to maintain and increase opportunities for aviation workers. Attention to the pending Norwegian Air International case is the place to start. We look forward to working with President Trump on this critical jobs issue.”

AFA members stood together in a massive five-year campaign with affiliated labor and a broad coalition across the country to put the dangers of the TPP at the forefront of national discussion. President Trump made this a key issue of his campaign, and thanks to the voices of American labor the TPP was stopped last fall because it did not have majority support in Congress. President Trump put the final period on that sentence. AFA will continue to press for trade agreements that protect and promote good jobs for hard-working Americans.

Join Us for the AFA Listening Tour: First Stop LAX

We are launching an AFA Listening Tour this winter and spring with Local, MEC and International Officers. We want to hear from you! 

 Our Union is not an institution. It's you and me and all of aviation's first responders. To ensure our Union is reflecting the priorities of Flight Attendants today, these meetings seek to gather your questions, concerns and ideas.

Our first meeting is scheduled for February 16, 2017, in Los Angeles where we have Local Councils from Alaska, Compass, Hawaiian, and United. We'll have MEC, Local and International Presidents from all four airlines to ensure we can address any issue(s). All Flight Attendants are welcome! 

First Listening Tour Meeting: Los Angeles

February 16, 2017

11 am - 2 pm

Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Hotel

6101 West Century Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA, 90045

RSVP HERE >

AFA Officers Scheduled to Attend:
Sara Nelson, AFA International President
Jeffrey Peterson, AFA Alaska MEC President
Timothy Green, AFA Alaska LAX President
Mike Nelson, AFA Compass MEC President
Brandon Stone, AFA Compass LAX President
Sharon Soper, AFA Hawaiian MEC President
Melissa Hooper, AFA Hawaiian LAX President
Ken Diaz, AFA United MEC President
Dante Harris, AFA United LAX President

Additional locations coming soon.