Dear AFA: September 19, 2014
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- Certified Mail vs. Federal Express
- 2014 Reserve Letter for Furloughed Flight Attendants
- Retirement Benefits
- AFA 111 Phone Bank• JNC Update
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, September 19, 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.
Recall notification Letters have been sent by “certified letter” on Monday, September 15, 2014. Once the letter has been received, Flight Attendants are required to respond within fourteen (14) days by “certified mail or telegram” with their intention to return to service. Failure to respond to the recall notice within fourteen (14) days of the receipt of the recall letter will result in separation from the company.
If you have any further questions please email the company at FA-Furlough-Recall@united.com.
Certified Mail vs. Federal Express
AFA has confirmed with United Labor Relations that Flight Attendants on Voluntary and Involuntary Furlough status that the company will accept recall responses by Federal Express (FedEx). However, and most importantly, the company requires the Flight Attendant using this service do so with FedEx Tracking.
2014 Reserve Letter for Furloughed Flight Attendants
AFA has confirmed that Flight Attendants on Voluntary or Involuntary Furlough status who return to flying will retain their 2014 Reserve letter they were either assigned or traded into for November, December, and January.
For those Flight Attendants who are eligible for retirement, and plan on taking the recently announced Enhanced Early Out Program (EEOP), the AFA UAL MEC Benefits Committee has a Retirement Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document with information for Flight Attendants who are interested in retiring. This document has pertinent information about the retirement benefits in our Contact, and includes Retiree Health and Life Insurance. Some of the benefits are portable when you retire, by continuing to pay the premiums. For more details please visit the Retirement page on our website, or contact your Local Council Office. A list of United Benefit contacts is available on United’s Benefit Center page on Flying Together.
AFA 111 Phone Bank
Today, Members of the 111 made phone calls to the Involuntary Furloughed Flight Attendants to ensure they had received their recall notice. If you have any questions about the recall process please contact your Local Council Office.
Our Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) concluded the second week of September’s negotiation sessions with management in Denver.
All JNC updates can be found on the JNC website at www.ourunited.org. If you are not signed-up to receive the OurUnited Newsletter please do so also on www.ourunited.org.
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.