AFA MEC Update, December 13, 2016

AFA MEC Update, December 13, 2016

All communications will now be coming from one combined source. An image of your contract will be placed next to any information that pertains to the Flight Attendants working under that contract.  CAL is the green contract, CMI is the purple, and United is the beige contract.

                     

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE:

  • Deny NAI Update: Continue the Calls and What Can We Do
  • Special One-Month COLA Offered for January – Deadline December 14
  • United Discontinues Mailing Pay Advices
  • Holiday Incentive Programs
  • Preparing for CQ 2017

Deny NAI Update: Continue the Calls and What Can We Do

Last week on short notice AFA Member’s and their family and friends helped turn out thousands of calls to Congress to stress the urgency of reversing the DOT decision to approve the foreign air carrier permit for Norwegian Air International – the first of its kind as it sets a precedent for a flag of convenience in U.S. aviation. We would like to thank you for your action. It helped. But there is much more to do!

The issue of DenyNAI is not really about Norwegian. It’s about stopping the airline industry from setting up a scheme that makes it easy to outsource our jobs. Watch this video produced by ALPA which provides a quick tutorial on the dangers of “Flag of Convenience.”

How Do We Stop Outsourcing of Our Jobs?
AFA is working with our allies on strategies to stop this however there are three obvious ways to turn this around:

  1. President Obama can act to reverse/halt this decision before January 20, 2017.
  2. President-elect Trump can act to reverse/halt the DOT decision after becoming President on January 20, 2017, and enforce the provisions of the Open Skies Agreement that require maintenance of the high labor standards.
  3. Congress can enact legislation to stop the approval of any permits that undermine the labor standards of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement (Article 17 bis) and/or direct action on review of permits that violate our agreements.

Regardless of how this is stopped – it must be stopped! We must continue to act to put this issue on the table of public debate and press all of our representatives for action. Even though Congress is officially out of session, their offices remain open and their staff continues to work on the issues directed by their Representatives based on constituent action. Congressional aviation leaders, DeFazio (D-OR), LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Larsen (D-WA) are gathering signatures through this Wednesday for a letter to President-Elect Trump to halt the DOT NAI decision and correct it. AFA is in direct contact with Congressional offices to sign on to this letter. Your continued calls to Congressional offices will back up our targeted efforts with Congress and the Administration (both an Obama White House or a Trump White House). Continue to use the phone numbers and script on our action page to make your calls.

What Can You Do Now?

  1. Continue to make calls to your representatives
  2. Write a Letter to the Editor of Your Local paper (Tips for Writing Letters to the Editor)
  3. Watch for updates on action at airports around the country December 20-23. Let your Local Council know that you would like to sign up to participate for a few hours. Passengers need to know how this decision will impact their safety and their communities.
  4. Keep Up to Date on the Issue by reading AFA E-lines and visiting our website.

Special One-Month COLA Offered for January – Deadline December 14th

In accordance with Section 15.B. of our Joint Contract, the company is offering a Special One-Month COLA for all pre-merger CAL and UAL Flight Attendants.  Requests should be on file by tomorrow, December 14, at 0800 CST via CCS or Unimatic command LOAREQ. When completing the DIS page enter the schedule month dates of 12/30/16 – 01/29/17.

This Special COLA is considered a COLA with the addition of medical benefits offered at active employee rates. All other terms this Special COLA are the same as a regular COLA. Please refer to the chart in Section 15.N. of the JCBA for details.

Pre-merger CAL Flight Attendants who currently have a full month leave request in CCS, you do not need to take any action, the leave will automatically be awarded as a ONE Month Special COLA. If you have not requested a full month leave, but are now interested in the One Month Special COLA you will have until tomorrow morning to submit your request via CCS. The same is true for anyone that would like to adjust their jobshare request to this One Month Special COLA. To change your request or to submit a new request visit CCS / Bidding Tab.

For additional information please see your base supervisor. 

United Discontinues Mailing Pay Advices

Beginning with our first paycheck of 2017, United will no longer mail pay advices to Flight Attendant’s homes. All pay advices are available electronically and can be found on United’s Flying Together website > Employee Services > My Info > Payroll Advice.

As a reminder and as the only exception to the requirement to be paid on the 1st of the month or before, our first paycheck/deposit of 2017 will be made on January 3rd the first business day after the New Year holiday. 

Holiday Incentive Programs

The company and the Union have documented their understanding of how the holiday incentive programs for 2016 will apply. The following are highlights of the programs that will be in effect.

Pre-merger CAL/CMI
Any Flight Attendant working from Nov.15, 2016 to Jan.9, 2017, that does not call off sick will have a choice of one of the following incentive options:

  • A (non-paid) Personal Drop.
  • Trip trade Exception; with this incentive choice, we can choose to trade a trip for any trip that we are qualified to fly. Days and hours traded for will be our individual choice. Reserves can request a personal drop for a Reserve day, or choose to move a day off.
  • Straight pickup from open time for a trip during the special coupon window period. The trip must be within your base.

The use of all incentive choices is subject to certain “blackout” dates and you must fly during the incentive time period in order to be eligible. [Pre-merger CAL/CMI] Anyone working a full month company business, Union business, transitional duty or having half month/full month leaves, emergency drops, military leave, family medical leave, occupational injury, sick leave, RLR, OOP, OPR, RFD, DFT during this time will not qualify for this incentive program.

Pre-merger UAL
From Dec. 10, 2016 to Jan. 9, 2017, if you work a flight segment or stand Reserve without accruing any attendance points during this incentive period, you will earn a (1) point credit. The credit will be used to offset the first point(s) you generate after Jan. 9, 2017 and will be added to any remaining credits from the past three years.

For additional information contact your Local Council Office.

Preparing for CQ 2017

This month 2017 CQ will launch and will be a two day training, with a potion of day two focused on customer training (CST). Training will consist of evacuations, event management evaluations (EMEs) and a first aid scenario.

To prepare for 2017 CQ:

  • Complete CBT training no later than 48 hours prior to your class date. CBTs can be found on Flying Together>Inflight Services >Training & Qualifications >Continuing Qualification >Takeoff Learning.
  • Bring the following items with you when you arrive to CQ class:
  1. A printed CQ eFAOM Worksheet, initialed by a base supervisor. (This worksheet is located at Flying Together > Inflight Services > Training & Qualifications > Continuing Qualification.)
  2. Your Link, charged to at least 75% with current versions of iOS, Manuals app, eFAOM, Announcements eBooklet, Safety Checklist, and Land & Ditching Emergency Checklist.
  3. Crewmember ID badge.
  4. Wrist watch.
  5. Something to write with.

CQ training information and videos are available on the Continuing Qualification site. Please plan to review the available information prior to attending training and be prepared to perform the skills necessary to manage inflight events and emergency situations.
Fly safe and take care of one another,
MEC Communications Committee