MEC E-Lines – December 20, 2016

MEC E-Lines – December 20, 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 20, 2016

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE:

  • [UAL] Pre-Merger UAL Flight Attendants Receive Access to Current CCS
  • Commuter Program Introduction [Section 28]
  • [CAL] 401K Consolidation Plan
  • Worker’ Compensation Detailed Statements and Direct Deposit Payment Option
  • [UAL] Discontinuation of Pre-merger UAL CBA Vacation Advances
  • [CMI] Pension Contribution Increase for CMI Flight Attendants

(UAL) Pre-Merger UAL Flight Attendants Receive Access to Current CCS

In preparation of the final Crew Communication System (CCS,) United has provided access to the current CCS platform to pre-merger United Flight Attendants. CCS is currently the central access point for all pre-merger CAL and CMI Flight Attendants. Once fully built, the new CCS platform will serve as a gateway for Flight Attendant’s to access scheduling, pairing and crew information, and applications for all United Airlines Flight Attendants to help do their daily duties.

CCS functionality for pre-merger United Flight Attendants will be introduced in a phased approach. Hotel gainsharing requests will be the first functionality on CCS for pre-merger United Flight Attendants.

Hotel Gainsharing (Section 5.C.) is when a Flight Attendants cancels their hotel room no more than seventy-two (72:00) and no less than twenty-four hours (24:00 Domestic) or forty-eight (48:00 International) prior to the original check-in time for the trip. If a Flight Attendants cancels their hotel room in accordance with the provisions of our Contract will receive no less than twenty dollars ($20.00) for each cancelled hotel room.

Please take this time to log in to United’s CCS platform via https://ccs.ual.comor the quick link found on our homepage. United has also provided a CCS user guide that can be found on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact your Local Council.

Commuter Program Introduction (Section 28)

United will soon align all Flight Attendant Commuter Programs in accordance with Section 28 of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement Commuter Program establishes standards when:

  1. Unforecasted severe weather conditions or other natural disasters (i.e., blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other similar events), or
  2. Hazardous or impassable roads resulting from severe weather, accidents, or natural disasters, or
  3. Mechanical problems while on the way to work, or
  4. Unexpected airport disruption(s) or closures, which includes Flight Attendants who commute by air, automobile, bus, train, or public surface transportation.

If a Flight Attendant is unable to report for an assignment as scheduled, then she/he should contact Crew Scheduling as soon as possible. In the case of certain events, such as unforeseen weather events or mechanical failures, the Commuter Program (Section 28) sets clear expectations for actions to be taken by the Flight Attendant, Crew Scheduling and the Flight Attendant’s Base.

The full program can be found in Section 28 of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement. An announcement will be made once the Commuter Program has been implemented.

(CAL) 401K Consolidation Plan

December 5, 2016 Fidelity sent letters to Flight Attendants with information on the consolidation of pre-merger CAL 401K investment plans. If you elected to receive Fidelity information via email you would have received your notification electronically. Section 29.I of the JCBA: Active pre-merger CAL Flight Attendants 401(k) funds will be transferred to the United Airlines Flight Attendant 401(k) fund. This participation in the plan will be reflected in your account effect January 1, 2017. The letter highlighted the following key points for you to consider:

  • Investment Elections
  • Deferral Elections
  • Loans
  • Beneficiaries

If applicable, the transfer of your account balance and deferral rate will be viewable the week of January 10, 2017. To review your deferral and investment elections, you can access your account via Flying Together > Employee Services > Retirement Plans or at www.401k.com. You should review your beneficiary designation to ensure that it is accurate. If you find that you need to make a change, please contact Fidelity Investments to do so. If you have a loan, please confirm on your paycheck that the correct loan amounts are being deducted. If you chose not to participate in the new plan, contact Fidelity Investments after your funds have been rolled over into the new plan. For additional information, please call the Fidelity Service Center for United Airlines at 1-800-245-9034. Representatives are available from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., Central Time, to help you.

Workers‘ Compensation Detailed Statements and Direct Deposit Payment Option

Section 13.D.10.c. and 13.D.10.d. of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA,) will be in effect starting with the January bid month. Section 13.D.10.c. provides for a detailed statement that will show both the temporary total disability payments and any reimbursement payments for related out of pocket medical expenses. Flight Attendants who are currently receiving Worker’s Compensation and any Flight Attendants that may be approved for Worker’s Compensation in the future will now be provided detailed statements.

Additionally, Section 13.D.10.d. will also be in effect with the January bid month. Flight Attendants can elect to receive Workers’ Compensation payments through a financial institution in the U.S. that accepts direct deposits. Flight Attendants will be responsible for providing their account information to Gallagher Bassett, United’s third party administrator (TPA) to allow for electronic deposit.

Pre-merger CMI Flight Attendants will receive information about the new third party administrator soon.

(UAL) Discontinuation of Premerger UAL CBA Vacation Advances

Effective with vacations beginning in the January bid month, Section 18.P. of pre-merger United Flight Attendants current Contract will no longer apply. Pre-merger United Flight Attendants will no longer be able to request vacation pay advances.

(CMIPension Contribution Increase for CMI Flight Attendants

Section 29.I.2.b of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA): Pre-merger CMI Flight Attendants will continue to participate in the IAM National Pension Fund. Effective January 1, 2017 pension contributions will increase as shown in the chart in Section 29.I.2.b. A series of adjustments will take place over the duration of the plan and will continue to be effective through January 2021; Flight Attendants do not need to take any action to receive the increased contribution.
Fly safe and take care of one another,
MEC Communications Committee