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Dear AFA: October 17, 2014

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Reported by Allen Ward

  • Hurricane Gonzalo and Tropical Storm Ana: Be Safe and Carry Your Contract
  • 2014 Fall United MEC Meeting
  • United’s Flight Attendant Guide for Wi-Fi & Personal Device Entertainment
  • 50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Was Enacted…the Flight Attendant Role in Ending Discrimination
  • 2014 Enhanced Early Out Bidding
  • Purser Recurrent Training (PRT) Clarification

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to Dear AFA. We are a democratic, Member driven Union of Flight Attendants for Flight Attendants. Today is Friday, October 17, 2014 and this is Allen Ward, reporting. I am a Member of Denver Council 9, and I stand with, and will help protect, all of my 685 Sisters and Brothers.

Hurricane Gonzalo and Tropical Storm Ana: Be Safe and Carry Your Contract
As Tropical Storm Ana, in the Pacific is heading toward Hawaii, and Hurricane Gonzalo in the Atlantic taking aim on Bermuda this weekend, we understand as safety professionals the need to be prepared.  We urge those of you who live in these areas to make proper preparations to keep you and your families safe, remembering that AFA’s EAP is always available should any need arise.

For Flight Attendants who are working or traveling through these areas, you should carry your Contract, and be aware of provisions in our Agreement that will assist you in any challenging situations you may encounter as a result of this storm.

For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane please go to the National Hurricane Center website.

2014 Fall United MEC Meeting
Next week our 15 elected leaders will be attending the 2014 Fall United Master Executive Council (MEC) meeting held on Tuesday, October 21st and Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 at the Hyatt Rosemont in Chicago.

We encourage all Members to witness our democratic process by attending either your Local Council meeting and/or the MEC meeting if you are in the Chicago area. More information can be found on our website.

United’s Flight Attendant Guide for Wi-Fi & Personal Device Entertainment
With all of the electronic updates and changes United has been making to our aircraft, we have heard from many of you that the systems are not the same on every aircraft, they’re complicated, and we’re all just a little bit confused about what to tell our passengers about our systems. United has developed The Flight Attendant Guide for Wi-Fi & Personal Device Entertainment, a great tool available for our use.

This guide explains the three versions of Wi-Fi United is using, along with where and when they are used. It also explains the difference between Wi-Fi and the Personal Device Entertainment (PDE), which does not need Wi-Fi, as customers use the internal entertainment network onboard . Passengers need to download the United App before departure in order to access the PDE content.

To use the Wi-Fi, passengers should open a browser on their device and then log into the Wi-Fi inflight webpage with their Mileage Plus number. Once a connection to the satellite is made, there will be a green Wi-Fi icon on the home page, which will not be available until the aircraft reaches a minimum of 10,000 feet with most connections beginning between 15,000 feet and cruise. Passengers will receive a receipt for a Wi-Fi purchase via email and passengers can request a refund via united.com/refund.

In addition, the guide explains how to get to Wi-Fi from an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android and Mac or PC laptop, as well as troubleshooting guides for all three systems. You can download this guide on United’s Flying Together website by Departments>Inflight Services>Cabin Systems & Interiors>Wi-Fi PDE Guide.

50 Years After the Civil Rights Act of 1964 Was Enacted…The Flight Attendant Role in Ending Discrimination
Mark your calendars for October 23, 2014 at 10AM. An event sponsored by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission and Committees (EEOC) and IIT Chicago-Kent College will honor the valuable role Flight Attendants played in fighting sex discrimination.

Flight Attendants used Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to challenge discriminatory policies based on gender, race, age, weight, pregnancy and marital status. Among others being recognized, this event features former United Airlines Flight Attendants: Mary Celeste Landsdale Brodigan who sued to get her job back after being fired for being married; Mary Pat Laffey who sued under Title VII sexual discrimination for pay, hotels and weight among other issues; Kathleen Berry, author of Feminine in Flight: A History of Flight Attendants, and Patricia Friend, our former International President of AFA-CWA, AFL-CIO.

The EEOC is using the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 50th anniversary of the EEOC to educate the public about the laws they enforce. The event will be held at Ogilvie Auditorium, IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, 565 West Adams Street, Chicago, Illinois, beginning at 10:00 AM. The event is free and open to all.

You can view all of the event details on our website.

2014 Enhanced Early Out Bidding
As a reminder, the bid process for United’s Enhanced Early Out program will close October 30th at 0800 Central Time.  Flight Attendants who are interested in bidding for the Enhanced Early Out Program should remember the process for submitting an Enhanced Early Out bid is a two (2) part process.

STEP ONE: The first step in this process is to submit a bid for the early out using the command EOREQ in Unimatic.  After you have submitted your bid we recommend that you print a copy of the bid screen for your records, and redisplay the EOREQ screen to ensure your bid has been accepted.

STEP TWO: The second step of this process requires you to submit a Waiver of Rights and Claims/Release from Liability form to the company.  Once you have printed and signed the form you must scan and email the form to earlyout@united.com.  We recommend you keep a copy of the email for your records.  When the company receives the Waiver Form you will receive an email to your united.com email confirming this form has been received and is on file.  Once you have submitted the waiver form you have a one time only opportunity to rescind the waiver.  However, once you rescind the waiver you have forfeited your opportunity to participate in the Enhanced Early Out Program.

For more information, please see our Enhanced Early Out Program page on our website.

Purser Recurrent Training (PRT) Clarification
In last Friday’s Dear AFA and E-Lines we referred to Purser Recurrent Training (PRT) as PQT which is initial Purser training.  Below is the updated article.  We apologize for any confusion.

2014 Purser Recurrent Training (PRT)
As we make our way to the middle of the month of October, keep in mind that we are approaching the end of the 2014 Purser Recurrent Training (PRT). If you need to attend this training and have not yet done so or have not been assigned, you should make every effort to schedule yourself.  You are encouraged to review the PRT information in the monthly Bid Package Cover Letter for training dates to ensure you accomplish it before the end of the year.

Please visit our website for the remaining locations for 2014 PRT dates

Thats all for tonight and thank you for calling.  Through strength and solidarity, we will continue building our collective future.  After all, itour future.

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