April 15th, 2020
15700 JFK Blvd
Houston, TX 77032
Two MEC grievances have been filed on behalf of all United flight attendants. Below is detailed information from the MEC website with specifics.
Grievance – MEC 1-20 Filed
Date: January 29, 2020
MEC 1-20 was filed last week when the Company unilaterally implemented a program designed to identify BOT-like trading activity after a Flight Attendant signs on to CCS, which subsequently restricted and improperly locked Flight Attendants who are not engaging in BOT-like activity out of CCS. Our grievance asserts that this restriction prevented Flight Attendants from exercising their contractual rights to legally trade and adjust their schedules.
Grievance – MEC 2-20 Filed
Date: January 29, 2020
As a separate and distinct dispute, this week MEC 2-20 was filed when, on January 23, 2020 at approximately 1800 CT, the hardware that supports the company’s CCS and UCrew databases experienced a hardware failure causing data corruption. During this time, Flight Attendants were not able to view their correct Master Schedules, input trades and or make any schedule adjustments. Again, Flight Attendants were not able to exercise their contractual rights to legally trade and adjust their schedules.
It is important to recognize, while the impact was the same, there were two separate and distinct events that took place affecting Flight Attendants last week. It is for this reason; Local Council Worksheets are critical to identifying the incident that precluded your ability to trade.
Elizabeth, Beth, Candace, Gina, Rene, David and all of Council 42
AUS Negotiations Road Show
March 5th, 2020
Hyatt Place Airport
9532 Spirit of Austin Lane
Austin, TX 78719
AFA COUNCIL 42 MARCH 2020 SCHEDULE UPDATE
The March flight attendant schedule month is a 30-day month, beginning Sunday March 1st and ending on Monday, March 30th. Line averages are similar to February. Daylight savings time begins + 1:00 hour on Sunday March 8th at 2:00 a.m. Europe daylight savings time begins Sunday March 29th at 2:00 a.m.
Line averages are between 74:36—80:26 hours among crew complements.
Increase in all-nighter/red-eye flying from 9.5% of line-holders in February to 17.5% of line-holders for March.
Line averages are between 77:23–-83:28 hours among the crew complements.
Base crew 05 FAs was the same line average as last month at 79:43 resulting in similar mixing of destinations as in February in order to get to our quota (FA numbers). Line average in the 01FA crew comp was 2 hours less than February which resulted in a slight increase in mixed destinations/positions in order to reach the quota. The quotas/line averages of the Language crew comps were similar to March ranging from 79:27 in SPN to 83:28 in NLD.
Changes: SYD goes to 5-7 day pairing after the 5th of March. No-op on SU 15th, TU 17th, and SA 28th.
Line Holder numbers for February 2020:
Change from February
International Positions 750 - 08
Domestic Positions 1086 + 112
Total Positions 1836 + 104
International Position Breakdown: Change from February
International Purser 87 - 03
Line holders 480 - 03
Dutch language 11 no change
German language 26 + 01
Japanese language. 28 - 01
Portuguese language 45 - 01
Spanish language INTL 73 - 01
Total International Positions 750 - 08
Domestic Position Breakdown: Change from February
Line holders 1029 + 114
Spanish language DOM 57 - 02
Total Domestic Positions 1086 + 112
Total of 71 FA line holders for March which is decrease of 8 from February. This number does not include any VRL or reserve move-ups. We were given a quota of 21 lines (63 FAs) in the 3p’s FA crew complement with a line average of 80:55 and 8 lines (8 FAs) in the 01FA crew comp with a line average of 77:41.
Your AFA local schedule committee appreciates feedback and is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding line construction. Feedback/inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. A complete system-wide scheduling report is available from the Central Schedule Committee (CSC) on the unitedafa.org website. Below are your AFA Council 42 schedule committee members.
Cory Wise (chairperson) Kim Hudak
Dawn Moragne Bettina Jordan
Nathan Mills Maria Mustafa
Reserve lines for March:
March is a 30-day month so we again returned to patterns to help give as many weekends off as possible. You will see the 4 day on 3 day off pattern, 6 day on 4 day off pattern, as well as the long stretch of days off. 2 off 10 off and 2 off, 2 off, 8 off. Our goal was to maximize the number of lines with weekends off while trying to reduce the number of 6-day blocks. The company again allowed for lines with more days off. There are 4 lines with 13 day off, 3 lines with 14 days off, and 1 line each with 15 and 16 days off. For purser and language, where possible we provided a weekend off line as well as a line with 13 days off.
For Austin, with only 8 lines, it is very difficult to provide true patterns. We tried to provide a line with weekends off as well as a line with 13 days off. All other lines were built to meet the company targets.
Please continue to provide feedback to DBannister@unitedafa.org.