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Dear AFA: October 24, 2014

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Reported by Allen Ward

  • 7 Days Remain for 2015 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment for Active Employees

  • Fall United MEC Meeting Concludes
  • Reserve Preferencing
  • Involuntary and Voluntary Furlough Uniform Ordering Update
  • Time Change - European Union
  • United Airlines Announces Third Quarter Results

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 24, 2014 and this is Allen Ward reporting. I am a Member of Denver Council 09, and I stand with, and will help protect, all of my 685 Sisters and Brothers.

7 Days Remain for 2015 Annual Benefits Open Enrollment for Active Employees
Our Annual Benefits Open Enrollment period to enroll and/or make changes to benefit options for 2015 is now open and will remain open for the next seven (7) days through October 31, 2014.  United is directing all employees to the company’s Flying Together website to obtain this information under the Employee Services tab.

Please keep in mind these benefit elections become effective as of January 1, 2015.  For those of you who are considering to bid or have bid for the Enhanced Early Out Program, you are required to make your benefit elections during the open enrollment period and may make changes, if necessary, during the correction period that follows open enrollment.  If you are a successful bidder and are eligible to participate in Retiree Medical, you will be provided a subsequent opportunity to make your Retiree Medical Benefits elections after your “exit date” from United Airlines.

Retiree Benefits Open Enrollment will occur after Open Enrollment for Active employees has concluded.

Fall United MEC Meeting Concludes
The 2014 United Master Executive Council (MEC) Fall Regular Meeting concluded on October 22, 2014, at the Hyatt Rosemont in Chicago.  The United MEC Officers, along with the MEC Government Affairs Committee, Safety, Health, & Security Committee, MEC Communications Committee, and the MEC Negotiations Committee presented their in person annual reports.  Summaries of the meetings are available on our website. 

Reserve Preferencing
The MEC Reserve Committee continues to review the Reserve Preferencing system and want to provide some feedback to some inquiries about the difference between Requests and Criteria regarding to the Call-In Reserve Preferencing system.

Requests: A request is created in the Call-In Reserve Preferencing system when a Flight Attendant is interested in placing a request on file for your next Call-In Reserve assignment.  A maximum of ten (10) requests can be on file.  Once a request is on file the system will evaluate each request in the order determined by the Flight Attendant.

Criteria: Criteria are a list of attributes that describe the type of assignment a Flight Attendant wishes to request.  Each individual request has a maximum of six (6) different criteria that can be input.  All criteria will be considered when assigning and matching open positions.  So if a request with more than one (1) criterion the system will only consider an ID with all the criteria included in the request.  For example, if a Flight Attendant wishes to fly a trip that has a Narita (NRT) layover and wants to work the Mandarin (MAN) language position, the system will only consider trips with these two criteria when choosing an ID.  The system will NOT consider an ID with only one or the other attributes.

For more information about the Call-In and Ready Reserve Preferencing systems please visit our website. 

Involuntary and Voluntary Furlough Uniform Ordering Update
Last Friday, October 17, 2014, United posted on their website, Flying Together, the uniform ordering deadlines for those Flight Attendants who are returning to work from either Voluntary or Involuntary Furlough. 

Involuntary Furlough Returnees (Involuntary Furlough Update Page)
Flight Attendants who were active this year, your Cintas account should reflect the number of points you had prior to going out on furlough.

For Flight Attendants who haven’t been active this year, and are in need of their core/launch package, you must place your order by October 31, 2014. In addition, you will be provided full 2014 points to order optional items for the new uniform design (165 males, 150 females).

Voluntary Furlough Returnees (Voluntary Furlough Update Page)
Flight Attendants who were active this year, your Cintas account should reflect the number of points you had prior to going out on furlough.

For Flight Attendants who haven’t been active this year, and are in need of their core/launch package, you must place your order by November 7, 2014. In addition, you will be provided full 2014 points to order optional items for the new uniform design (165 males, 150 females).

For more information about Uniforms please refer to our Uniform page on our website or visit United’s Flying Together Website at Department > Inflight Services > Policies & Procedures > Uniform for United’s new uniform sizing chart, measuring guide and interactive brochure. See below for additional details about your core order.

Time Change – European Union
Its that time of the year where The European Union Summer Time ends.  Each year on the last Sunday of October the EU adjusts their clocks back one hour to conclude the “Summer Time”.  On October 26th at 1:00am Universal Time (Greenwich Mean Time) please roll your clocks back one hour.

United Airlines Announces Third Quarter Results
Thursday, October 23, 2014 United Continental Holdings, Inc. announced their third quarter results of $1.1 billion excluding $151 million in special charges, which is an increase of 99 percent year-over-year.  This is the highest quarterly profit ever recorded in United Airlines history. The $151 million in special charges includes $28 million in integration-related costs, $6 million in severance and benefits, $9 million on losses from the sale of assets, and $105 million from other non-operating costs. 

During the third quarter United reported their consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile (PRASM) increased 3.9 percent in the third quarter of 2014 when compared the third quarter of 2013.  Untied ended the third quarter with 6.9 billion in unrestricted liquidity, and the company earned 12.3 percent return on invested capital for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.  United also returned $220 million to shareholders as part of its previously announced $1 billion share buyback program.

That’s all for tonight and thank you for calling.  Through strength and solidarity, we will continue building our collective future.  After all, it’s our future. 

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