MEC E-Lines – December 27, 2016

MEC E-Lines – December 27, 2016

Friday, December 23, 2016

 

IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE:

  • Uniform Points Expire and Discounted Uniform Pieces
  • Pass Travel Open Enrollment
  • Understanding Holiday Pay (Section 4.I.)
  • Electronic Deposit for January 1st Paycheck
  • January Non-Fly Pay Codes
  • (CAL) (CMI) Changes to Family Medical Leave Effective – July 2017
  • No Calls on Planes – Submit Your Comments to the DOT

Uniform Points Expire and Discounted Uniform Pieces

As a reminder uniform points, will NOT carry over from year to year. In order to get full use of your annual uniform points, orders must be submitted before the following deadlines:

    • Telephone Orders – Must be placed by 1500 Central Standard Time on Friday, December 30, 2016
    • Online Orders –  Must be placed by 1500 Central Standard Time on Friday, December 30, 2016, via the Cintas Website or through the link provided on the Resources and Useful Websites section of the AFA United MEC website

Cintas also currently has discounted uniform pieces available. You can view a list of the discounted items and the reduced prices by visiting the Inflight uniform page on Flying Together. These prices will be available until December 30, 2016, 5pm Central Standard Time.


Pass Travel Open Enrollment

Eligible employees and retirees have the opportunity to update their elections for enrolled friend, spouse, or domestic partner beginning December 1st through December 30th at 7:00 PM CST. If you are not making any changes to your enrolled friend, spouse, or domestic partner, no further action is required.

During pass travel enrollment, you can:

  • Choose between a second enrolled friend or regular buddy passes
  • Choose your enrolled friend(s) name(s) or delete them from the system to keep slots open to add later in 2017
  • Choose your regular buddy names or keep slots open to add later in 2017

NOTE:  If you currently have buddy passes for 2016 and registered regular buddy pass riders, the names of the regular buddy pass riders will NOT carry over to 2017 and expire on December 31, 2016 at midnight.

Additional information is available from the Travel section of the company’s website under Enrolled Friend. To update your elections, go to the company’s website then Employee Services > My Info > Pass Riders.


Understanding Holiday Pay (Section 4.I.)

Our Joint Contract Bargaining Agreement (JCBA,) Section 4.I., provides for additional pay for Flight Attendants on flight assignments during designated holidays and the Flight Attendant’s birthday. This is a new provision for the pre-merger CAL and CMI Flight Attendants.

Holiday Pay is calculated using a formula that takes into account the number of credited hours flown during the holiday ID/pairing and how much time away from home the ID/pairing has. Premium pay is not used when computing holiday pay. A Flight Attendant’s hours away from home begins at the ID/pairing check-in time and ends at the return to your home base.

To figure out your holiday pay follow these simple steps:

Lineholder

  1. Your hourly rate of pay multiplied by the credited flight time for the ID/pairing
  2. Divided by the number of hours away from home
  3. Multiplied by the number of hours away from home falling within the holiday

Reserve

  1. If released on a holiday, Reserve receives no holiday pay.
  2. If on Ready Reserve status and you do not fly = 4:27 (30 days) or 4:13 (31 days) times the Reserve’s hourly rate.
  3. If on Ready Reserve status and flies a pairing, receives greater of sub-paragraph b or the Lineholder computation.

A Flight Attendant qualifying for two (2) hour call-out pay or five (5) hour Stand-by Reserve pay shall receive double pay for those hours if they fall within the holiday period.

In an effort to assist you with understanding further on how to calculate holiday pay, examples of pairings are available on our website.

If you have any further questions on our Contractual Holiday Pay, please contact your Local Council.


Electronic Deposit for January 1st Paycheck

Section 3.B.B. – Paychecks. This section of the JCBA has NOT been implemented for pre-merger CAL or CMI. Paychecks will continue to be distributed in the same manner as in the past for each pre-merger subsidiary.  You may be able to view your pay advice prior to the first day of the month, however, electronic deposit will be made on the following dates:

(CAL) (CMI) – Friday, December 30, 2016 –  Electronic deposits will be made on the last business day prior to any pay date that may fall on a weekend or holiday. January 1st, 2017 is the New Year’s Day holiday and happens to fall on a weekend this year. Therefore, the electronic paycheck deposit will be made December 30, 2016.

(UAL) – Tuesday, January 3, 2017 – January 1st electronic deposit for paychecks will be made on the first business day following the New Year holiday, which this year is Tuesday, January 3, 2017. (January 2nd is a bank holiday.)  December 16th was the last paycheck we received in 2016. Although our Contract requires that we are paid on the 1st and 16th of the month, the January 1st paycheck is an exception to ensure that income is paid pursuant to IRS regulations in the New Year.


January Non-Fly Pay Codes

We’ve been advised by management that there is a problem with the CCS January 2017 Bid load.  Specifically, the non-fly pay codes touching December 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017 are not posting correctly in the pay register.  Information Technology (IT) is investing the cause of the error and as of now has determined that the programming code is assigning an incorrect pay value to these non-fly codes.

As we understand it, a concerted effort will be required over the next several weeks to correct the program coding that has caused the problems.  Once corrected, user acceptance testing and a quality assurance review will be conducted. It is expected that all of this work will be completed before the close of the January 2017 pay period on February 6th.  Additional updates will be provided, as necessary, over the time period during which these updates are being made.

Flight Attendants having specific questions should contact United Pay Records.


(CAL) (CMI) Changes to Family Medical Leave Effective – July 2017

Pre-merger Continental and Pre-merger CMI will be experiencing some changes to Family Medical Leave that will take effect July 2017. Section 15.I.4. of the JCBA, requires that “a Flight Attendant must, in the twelve (12) month period immediately preceding the commencement of FML:

  • Have worked or been paid for not less than 60 percent (60%) of the applicable total monthly guarantee, and
  • Have worked or been paid for not less than 504 hours, not including personal commute time, or time spent on vacation, medical or sick leave.

For the purpose of determining eligibility, the term “applicable monthly guarantee” is based on the status of the Flight Attendant as a Reserve or Lineholder.

  • For Flight Attendants on Reserve status, the applicable monthly guarantee is based on the Reserve monthly minimum applicable under the terms of the Contract.
  • For Lineholder Flight Attendants, the applicable monthly guarantee is based on the monthly minimum guarantee.

Actual duty time is used when calculating the hours worked requirement.

These FMLA provisions are currently in effect for pre-merger United Flight Attendants and will take effect for pre-merger CAL and CMI in July 2017. We encourage you to become familiar with these requirements prior to the July 1, 2017 effective date. For additional information please contact your Local Council.


No Calls on Planes – Submit Your Comments to the DOT

On December 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a proposed rule change that would allow voice calls inflight. This proposal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) if adopted would, among other things, revise the FCC’s prohibition on the use of cellular phones and other mobile wireless devices on our aircrafts. It would make possible for airlines to permit passengers to make or receive calls on-board aircraft.

If the FCC goes through with this proposal, eventually Flight Attendants will be forced to talk over passenger conversations when delivering critical safety information, hindering cabin preparations. Furthermore, research shows that cell phone use interferes with cognitive functioning to the point that, when using a cell phone, people are less likely to offer assistance potentially jeopardizing passenger safety and survival during an emergency.

Imagine the heightened noise and tension that expanded cell phone use would create among passengers, who would find it more difficult than ever to sleep, read or work in-flight, increasing levels of irritation. Flight Attendants would be placed in the uncomfortable position of asking disruptive passengers to end phone conversations, or potentially having to monitor cabin conversations for appropriateness.

The DOT is currently seeking comments on whether it should adopt this rule to allow passengers to use their cell phones and other mobile devices. Let our voices be heard and go to NoCallsonPlanes.com to submit your comment to the DOT. This requires all of us to engage and urge our flying partners, family and friends to do the same.

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