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Dear AFA: October 21, 2014

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Reported by Jeffrey Tonjes

  • 2015 Vacation Bidding Preparations
  • 2015 Reserve Letter List
  • 2015 Flight Attendant Schedule Months
  • First Day of the Fall MEC Meeting

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 Tuesday, October 21, 2014 and this is Jeffrey Tonjes, reporting. I am a Member of Washington DC Council 21 and your United Master Executive Council Communication Chairperson, and I stand with, and will help protect, all of my 685 Sisters and Brothers.

2015 Vacation Bidding Preparations
Following the announcement of Uniteds Enhanced Early Out, AFA and management reached an agreement on a revision to the Contractual Vacation Bidding Timeline for the 2015 Vacation bidding process.  This accommodation is on a one-time basis and was based on the unique circumstances brought about by United's Enhanced Early Out Program.   

Vacation Related Item Contractual Date Revised Dates
Generation of Reserve Letter Lists for 2015 September 29, 2014 November 14, 2014
Primary Vacation Bids Open October 29, 2014 November 18, 2014
Primary Vacation Bids Close November 7, 2014 November 25, 2014
Primary Vacation Bids Posted November 12, 2014 November 26, 2014
Secondary Vacation Bids Open November 16, 2014 November 27, 2014
Secondary Vacation Bids Close November 23, 2014 December 4, 2014
Secondary Vacation Bids Posted November 28, 2014 December 5, 2014
Tertiary Vacation Bids Opens December 1, 2014 December 6, 2014
Tertiary Vacation Bids Close December 7, 2014 December 10, 2014
Tertiary Vacation Bids Posted December 11, 2014 December 11, 2014

In preparation for this years Vacation bidding process, United will shortly begin clearing out the 2014 Vacation information and loading the initial data for 2015 vacations. This will cause any remaining 2014 vacation information to become inaccessible to all Flight Attendants via Unimatic.  If you have vacation scheduled for the month of November and December 2014 and need a copy of your vacation dates, we recommend you go to your VACBID screen in Unimatic and print a copy of your 2014 vacation bid information before it is removed.

Today, we have published the annual Vacation Bidding article provided by our United MEC Central Schedule Committee on our website. This year we have also included a downloadable mobile friendly 2015 Vacation Bidding booklet that you may save directly on any mobile friendly device.

If you have any questions, please contact your Local Council Office.

2015 Reserve Letter List
As a reminder, this year, due to Uniteds Enhanced Early Out and a one-time accommodation to our Contractual Vacation Bidding Timeline, the Reserve Letter List will be published on November 14, 2014 after the posting of the Early Out Awards.

2015 Flight Attendant Schedule Months
The time for Vacation bidding is almost upon us and consistent with the requirements of Section 2.W. of our Contract, the following are the dates for the 2015 Flight Attendant Schedule Months:

January           12/30-1/29       31 days

February         1/30-3/1           31 days

March              3/2-3/31           30 days

April                 4/1-4/30           30 days

May                 5/1-5/30           30 days

June                5/31-6/29         30 days

July                  6/30-7/29         30 days

August             7/30-8/28         30 days

September       8/29-9/28         31 days

October           9/29-10/29       31 days

November        10/30-11/29     31 days

December        11/30-12/29     30 days

First Day of the Fall MEC Meeting
Today was the first day of the Fall 2014 Regular Meeting of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) at the Hyatt Rosemont in Chicago. Our MEC Officers presented their respective reports, followed by our United MEC Government Affairs Committee annual report followed by an Open Discussion. 

The Fall United MEC Meeting will continue tomorrow, Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Chicago.  Daily Summaries of each meeting day will be posted on our website later this week.

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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