MEC E-Lines – December 16, 2016

MEC E-Lines – December 16, 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.
Friday, December 16, 2016


  • [UAL] Welcome to Our Union Family Class 1616
  • AFA and IAM Announce Reciprocal Cabin Jumpseat Opportunities
  • Bulletin #18 Effective December 21, 2016
  • [UAL] Reserve Christmas Wish List
  • [CAL] [CMI] Medical Verification for Holiday Sick Calls
  • Working Crew Holiday Buddy Travel
  • DenyNAI – Week of Action
  • Like Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter@AFAUnitedMEC


(UAL) Welcome to Our Union Family Class 1616

We would like to congratulate the Flight Attendants from pre-merger United class 1616 for completing their 180-day probationary period with United Airlines. You have now joined the world’s largest Union of Flight Attendants!

AFA and IAM Announce Reciprocal Cabin Jumpseat Opportunities

Following the merger of United, Continental, and Continental Micronesia airlines, United management revised its policy which previously provided IAM Flight Attendants with access to the cabin jumpseat. As a result of that change, IAM Flight Attendants lost their access to the cabin jumpseats on the new United Airlines aircraft.  Today, AFA, the IAM and United Airlines are happy to announce an agreement has been reached that will provide a reciprocal opportunity for IAM-represented ExpressJet, CommutAir, and United Airlines Flight Attendants to occupy vacant cabin jumpseats on each other’s aircraft. Priority access will be given to the Flight Attendant(s) accessing the cabin jumpseat(s) on her/his own carrier. In addition, true to AFA’s Constitutional priority to establish jumpseat reciprocity, Flight Attendants at Mesa and GoJet Airlines, United Express carriers, will also benefit from this collaborative effort of our Unions.

More than two years in the making, this agreement is the result of meetings and intensive discussions with both United management and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), representing Flight Attendants at United Airlines.  We are pleased to announce this agreement was reached through a combination of patience and persistence.  Because access to the cabin jumpseat was subject to the terms of the pre-merger United AFA collective bargaining agreement (CBA), resolution to the issues that impeded other airlines Flight Attendant access to our cabin jumpseat was difficult if not impossible while we were negotiating a joint collective bargaining agreement for the three pre-merger airlines.

As soon as the joint collective bargaining agreement was ratified, discussions between the IAM, AFA, and United Airlines Senior Vice President of Labor Relations, Doug McKeen resumed in earnest.  With the support of AFA, resolution was accomplished while, at the same time, extending access to AFA represented Flight Attendants at Mesa and GoJet Airlines, both United Express carriers, who will also benefit from this collaborative effort of our Unions.

There are currently no automation processes in place for Flight Attendants of other airlines to jumpseat on United metal. Therefore, United must implement process and technology changes based on specific contractual parameters agreed to with AFA.  Details on the actual process and the date of implementation are being worked out, but all parties are in agreement that these benefits should be in place for Flight Attendants as soon as practicable.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

(UAL) Reserve Christmas Wish List

Flight Attendants on Reserve for the month of December, have an opportunity to preference where they would like to layover for the three (3) days preceding and two (2) day following Christmas.  Section 10.C.13.c. of our Contract provides for the Reserve Christmas Wish List and for these assignments to be made in seniority order. When submitting your requests, you will be asked for your Reserve LOF number as well as your Reserve status (CLLR/RSV).  Requests may be submitted for up to four layover stations.

You may submit your holiday layover requests through the link which is available our AFA website.  We encourage you to put an initial request on file early and modify your request if your circumstances change later in the month to take full advantage of the flexibility of our programming.  The last request on file will be the request that will be considered at the time of assignment.  The submission page will detail the dates of your request and must be finalized to be considered.

The company has stated that the Reserve Preferencing system will not be utilized in tandem with the Reserve Christmas Wish List. We disagree with the company’s decision: Three days before Christmas and two days following, Reserve assignment procedures provide for the Christmas Wish List. These assignments are seniority based exclusively so they would not be accomplished through the Reserve Preferencing process which is based on time accrued order. It is possible, in our view, for both process to be accomplished consecutively. MEC 7-15 was filed based on the company’s misapplication of our Contract.

For a full list of deadline dates for the holiday period, as well as more detailed information please visit  United Crew Scheduling will make every attempt to accommodate the Reserve Christmas Wish List layover requests to the best of their ability.

Bulletin #18 Effective December 21, 2016

Bulletin #18 becomes effective December 21, 2016 and is now available to download. Please ensure that you sync all documents and open and review all changed content prior to December 21 effective date.

Note: Bulletin #18 cover letter refers to Bulletin #19 highlights instead of referencing Bulletin #18 highlights. This is a error and should be disregarded.

For questions or assistance please contact your base supervisor.

(CAL & CMIMedical Verification for Holiday Sick Calls

With the Holiday Season quickly approaching please take a minute to review the protocol for sick calls during the defined Holiday period:  December 20, 2016 to January 4, 2017. Flight Attendants who have had no absences in the prior twelve (12) calendar months will not be subject to the Medical Verification requirement imposed during defined holiday periods. The following information will apply at each pre-merger subsidiary in the following way:

CALSection 9.H.5 – Medical verification is required for sick leave usage for any pairing touching December 20, 2016 to January 4, 2017. A release from a physician will be required to return to work.

CMI: Section 11.I.5 – Medical verification will be required for any sick call during the defined Holiday period of December 20, 2016 to January 4, 2017. A release from a physician will be required to return to work.

Note: This requirement remains in effect until the applicable section(s) of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (Section 13.C.) are fully implemented.

If you have questions about the medical verification process, please contact your Local Council Office 

Working Crew Holiday Buddy Travel

Flight Attendants who are working crew members will have the opportunity to travel with up to two buddy pass riders who will travel at the Flight Attendant’s personal pass classification. This applies to both domestic and international travel and is available over the following period:

  • Beginning December 18, 2016, and ending on/before midnight January 5, 2017

When creating your pass travel listing through United’s employeeRes, remember to check the “traveling with working crew member” box to ensure sure your “buddies” are listed at the correct pass classification. You are required to notify the gate agent, in person, when your buddy/buddies accompany you at each city where they are boarded, as well as, at any connecting city with an aircraft change. If seats are not available, the buddy/buddies will travel at the unaccompanied classification on the next available flight on which they can be boarded.

DenyNAI – Week of Action

Working with other Unions, AFA-CWA Councils will be participating in leafleting events at airports across the country next week, December 20 -23, 2016, to heighten awareness to our passengers on the dangers of a flag of convenience models. Flag of convenience models such as these will lead to outsourcing 300,000 U.S. aviation jobs just as this model did in the U.S. shipping industry, which ultimately decimated that industry. We realize this is short notice during a very busy time of the year. However, the increased passenger traffic during this period will help build awareness.

For more details and plans at your Local Council, please contact your Local Council Office. 

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Fly safe and take care of one another,
MEC Communication Committee