E-Lines: January 31, 2017

E-Lines: January 31, 2017

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

Congratulations and Welcome to Our Union Family Class 1624

We congratulate the Flight Attendants from Class 1624 on completion of their 180-day probationary period with United Airlines.  You have now officially joined the world’s largest Union of Flight Attendants!

Family Medical Leave Certification – Second Opinions

With increasing frequency we are learning that Flight Attendants seeking certification under the Family Medical Leave Act are being required to seek a second opinion and are being denied FMLA certification on the basis of the second opinion.

We need to hear from any of our Members who have been denied Family Medical Leave based on a second opinion.   Please send an e-mail to secondopinionFMLA@unitedafa.org.  Please include the following information:

  • Name
  • File Number
  • Domicile
  • Telephone

Copies of any correspondence regarding the denial

We are asking that you send this information as soon as possible.  If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council.

Update Your Link to IOS 10.2.1 Operating System

Inflight Services has authorized the installation of the latest operating system to your LINK, iOS version 10.2.1. To install this latest version, you will need to be connected to Wi-Fi.  Please allow 60-90 minutes for the installation process to complete. For step-by-step instructions on the installation process please review the LINK Alert dated January 30. 

For questions, contact the Link Support team at (800) 255-5801, option 1, option 3, or see the Link staff at your base.


One Month Special COLAs Offered for March

Special one month COLAs are being offered for the bid month of March.

These special COLAs have a provision for medical benefits at the Flight Attendants active employee rate. All other terms of this special COLA follow the guidelines of regular COLAs. The details of special COLAs are covered in Section 15.N. of the JCBA.

CAL: To apply for this special March one month COLA, place your request on file in CCS for a full month leave, by choosing “leave jobshare,” located under Bidding. The deadline to apply is February 5, 2017, 10:00am local domicile time. NOTE: Do not place a request under the “Special COLA Request” tab in Flying Together. For this special COLA, apply as you normally would through CCS. 

UAL: Please place your request on vile via DSPFAI by 8:00am (CST) on February 15th, 2017. Please remove any unwanted requests in conjunction with the same deadline of February 15th.

No Changes to Duty Free Sales and Commissions

As a reminder, the changes to duty free sales and commissions that were scheduled to be implemented on February 1, 2017, have been postponed. These changes were originally announced in the January 4, 2017 weekly ISM/Purser Briefing. However, a decision was made to hold off on implementing the changes. At this time, please continue with your current pre-merger procedures for Duty Free Sales and Commission structures.

Follow Procedures When Reporting Suspected Human Trafficking

Super Bowl 51 is scheduled to kick off this weekend, February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Mega events like the Super Bowl, are magnets for human traffickers. During the time of the Super Bowl we ask every Flight Attendant to be vigilant of the situations around you. As Flight Attendants, we are uniquely positioned to identify human traffickers and assist their victims. Flight crews are skilled observers and we are on the frontline against this horrific crime.

Procedures when Human Trafficking is suspected have recently been added to our eFAOM’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) section. In this section, United has outlined procedures and exact verbiage that should be used and what to look for when Human Trafficking is suspected.  

As a reminder, anyone who suspects a human trafficking incident on the aircraft should ensure they use the words “Suspected Human Trafficking” when speaking with the cockpit. Using this verbiage ensures that the appropriate ground authority personnel are contacted.  Refer to the Security section – Threat Level One guidance.

It should be pointed out that our AFA International Office has provided additional information on Human Trafficking which is available on our website. This information is intended to supplement our knowledge on how to best address any instance where Human Trafficking is suspected. Let’s stand together and stay proactive in our fight against human trafficking!

(UAL) Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment

As a reminder, open enrollment for Aflac/CAIC voluntary supplemental insurance benefits for United Flight Attendants working under the pre-merger United Contract is now open and will run through February 17, 2017. By going to the enrollment website, you can view plan summaries and rates.  You can schedule enrollment over the phone using the skills of licensed benefits educators, or by using the self-service website enrollment.

For more information about available plans and a schedule of onsite enrollment opportunities visit unitedafa.org/Aflac.

U.S. Customs Guidelines on Approved and Restricted Items

Recently Flight Attendants have been inquiring on where to find information on U.S. Customs procedures on bringing certain food items into the U.S. 

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) has stringent guidelines on bringing some items into the United States (e.g., dairy, fruit, etc.).  Please make yourself familiar with approved and restricted items enforced by U.S. Customs when entering the U.S. It is equally important to make yourself aware of approved or restricted items while traveling to other countries. Keep in mind that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reserves the right to inspect your bags upon arrival into the U.S. to ensure that any prohibited items / agricultural items you may be carrying are allowed under USDA regulations. For additional information please see your base supervisor.

Call Your Senators Today Object to Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor

The Labor Department, for more than 100 years, has been responsible "for promoting the welfare of wage earners, job seekers and retirees." For Flight Attendants, this means OSHA in the cabin, FMLA, enforcement of wage and hour provisions, whistleblower protections and more. 

Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, is nominated to be the next Secretary of Labor. The only people whose jobs are going to be made easier by Puzder are anti-worker CEOs, like himself, and Wall Street. In order to protect Flight Attendant issues we need a Secretary of Labor who supports our careers and the issues that are important to us. Putting Andrew Puzder in charge of the Department of Labor will not be beneficial to the advancement of aviation and the Flight Attendant profession.

Make your voice heard and stand up for workers - and against Andy Puzder as Labor Secretary. Call your Senators and tell them to vote 'NO' on Puzder now: 888-907-9365.