AFA Congratulates Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao On Confirmation

AFA Congratulates Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao On Confirmation

Date: February 3, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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.

How Do I Contact My Local Council

How Do I Contact My Local Council

Date: February 3, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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. 

Additional Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements

Additional Reciprocal Cabin Seat Agreements

Date: February 3, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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

Profit Sharing Election Window Closes February 12

Date: February 3, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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.

CQ CBT Glitches: Follow the Proper Reporting Guidelines

CQ CBT Glitches: Follow the Proper Reporting Guidelines

Date: February 3, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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

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.

Follow Procedures When Reporting Suspected Human Trafficking

Follow Procedures When Reporting Suspected Human Trafficking

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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!

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

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

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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.

U.S. Customs Guidelines on Approved and Restricted Items

U.S. Customs Guidelines on Approved and Restricted Items

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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.

(UAL) Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment

(UAL) Voluntary Supplemental Insurance Benefits Open Enrollment

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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.

One Month Special COLAs Offered for March

One Month Special COLAs Offered for March

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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.

Family Medical Leave Certification – Second Opinions

Family Medical Leave Certification – Second Opinions

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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.

No Changes to Duty Free Sales and Commissions

No Changes to Duty Free Sales and Commissions

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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.

Update Your Link to IOS 10.2.1 Operating System

Update Your Link to IOS 10.2.1 Operating System

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Article

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.

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.

Flight Attendant Union Urges Immediate Exemption for Flight Crew from Trump’s Entry Ban

Flight Attendant Union Urges Immediate Exemption for Flight Crew from Trump’s Entry Ban

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Media Release
Contact: Taylor Garland at 202-550-5520

Washington, D.C. (January 31, 2017) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA), representing 50,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines, sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kelly, asking for an exemption for flight crew from President Trump’s Entry Ban Executive Order. Airline crewmembers are subject to the ban. AFA International President Sara Nelson on Monday wrote in the letter:

“Some AFA members hold passports from the affected countries and despite having legal status to enter the United States working for one of our airlines, the executive order apparently includes these crewmembers who have served as the critical last line of defense in U.S. aviation security for years. As a result, this EO directly impacts their very livelihood as a Flight Attendant and jeopardizes their ability to enter the United States while on duty. 

“?Despite the enhanced government security clearance Flight Attendants are required to obtain before working for a U.S. airline, this arbitrary and sudden executive order will cause the loss of good, well-paying American jobs.

“The implementation of this action is different than anything we have seen before. Consideration of the impacts of a proposed action, such as security screening issues, and the effects it would have on airline and airport employers and employees are evaluated in advance by the agencies whose regulated parties and their employees would be affected by the proposed action. 

“The opportunity for stakeholders, including employers and their labor representatives, to weigh in on federal action in advance is extremely important, since they are able to pose questions and raise concerns about intended and unintended impacts of the action on their operations and affected workers.”

In the letter AFA also requests a meeting with the Secretary to address operational issues and collaborate on the common mission of protecting Americans from security threats. 

Read the full letter

 

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The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 71 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.

Flight Attendant Union Congratulates Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao On Confirmation

Flight Attendant Union Congratulates Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao On Confirmation

Date: January 31, 2017
Type: AFA Media Release
Contact: Taylor Garland at 202-550-5520

Washington, D.C. (January 31, 2017) — The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO (AFA) congratulates Elaine Chao on her confirmation as U.S. Secretary of Transportation.  AFA International President Sara Nelson today issued the following statement: 

“We congratulate Secretary Elaine Chao on her confirmation as Secretary of Transportation.  Safe air travel and a strong U.S. aviation industry are a vital part of the U.S. economy. We look 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 like combatting human trafficking. AFA will continue offer our experience in the aircraft cabin to promote aviation safety, health and security as Secretary Chao leads our nation's Department of Transportation." 

 

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The Association of Flight Attendants is the Flight Attendant union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 71 years. Serving as the voice for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 50,000 Flight Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.