Dear AFA: January 08, 2013

Date: January 8, 2013
Type: Dear AFA

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to Dear AFA.  A democratic, Member driven Union of Flight Attendants for Flight Attendants.  Today is Tuesday, January 8, 2013 and this is Master Executive Council Vice Chairperson of Communications, Jeffrey Tonjes reporting.

Uniform Points and Accessory Purchase Updates

Inflight management advised AFA late on Monday, January 7, 2013 that the problems you have been reporting regarding Uniform point allocations have been resolved. 

While we haven't been provided specific information about the source of the problems with the points, management indicates that Flight Attendant should now have the correct 2013 points.  Please contact your Local Council Office if you continue to see any discrepancies.  

In addition, we have received questions from those of you using a combination of points and credit cards.  Management reports that when the total of the items you are purchasing exceeds your available point allotment and you are using a credit card to cover the difference, the Cintas system is not calculating the 25% discount, in error. 

All optional pieces, whether purchased with points or by credit card are eligible for the 25% discount.   

Management does not have a time frame for the fix for this problem.  However, Cintas is working on a programmatic fix.  In the interim, Cintas will go back and review all purchases and, where necessary, will adjust accounts.    Management will advise when the fix is in place.  

Profit Sharing Special Election Action Required

Section 5.J.2. of our Contract provides that in the event United Airlines reaches a benchmark of exceeding $10 million for the year, that fifteen percent of United's adjusted pretax earnings will forma pool that is distributed, pro-rated to all employees.  This is known as Profit Sharing.  Profit Sharing payments will be paid no later than April 30, 2013; although in the past two years United has chosen February 14 as the day payments have been made.

Our original agreement with United was that our Profit Sharing payments would be paid directly to our 401(k) or 401(k)-like accounts based on a Membership vote.  Over the past several years, you have advocated to your Local Leadership that having a choice to receive the payment into your 401(k) account or in the form of a cash payment was important.  Based on your advocacy, we reached an Agreement with United management to make this option a possibility.  Automation for this was not yet in place for last year's payment, however as provided for in our Letter of Agreement reached early last year, you will now be given the ability to determine how you receive your Profit Sharing payment. The company has completed the necessary programming to provide Flight Attendants the ability to designate how they wish to receive their annual Profit Sharing payment. 

You now have the option to receive your Profit Sharing as a tax-deferred payment to the Direct Contribution Plan (401(k)), and/or on an after tax basis into a Roth 401(k) plan account, and/or cash or in any combination thereof.

Timing is important - if you intend to direct any money into your Retirement Accounts.  Elections to direct money into your 401(k) must be on file no later than 2359 Central Standard Time on January 22, 2013.

Flight Attendants who do not make a special election for their Profit Sharing will receive the entirety of their Profit Sharing payment as taxable cash compensation.  Profit sharing cash compensation is subject to applicable taxation and withholding which for U.S. taxpayers is at the federal supplemental (higher) rate. 

TVLLOG vs United Voices

Section 3.K. of our Collective Bargaining Agreement states that our layover hotels must be safe, clean and quiet accommodations, with adequate and available eating facilities. In the event you encounter a hotel that does not meet these standards you should submit a TVLLOG.  When using TVLLOG, the company and AFA receive copies immediately and the information is compiled in a database for trending and review.

United would prefer that Flight Attendants use "United Voices" to report hotel and transportation issues however, there has been a delay in the company providing these reports to AFA.  The inconsistent distribution of information to the Union restricts our Hotel and Transportation Committee from acting on the issue as quickly as we need to, and have traditionally been able to do with the TVLLOG reports.

To submit a Travel Log, simply input "TVLLOG" when logged into Unimatic and fill in the form. Once finished entering in all the applicable information tab to the bottom of the page and enter. Your report will be added to the database.

That's all for this evening!  Thank you for calling.  Remember: One Airline. One Contract. Building Our Future Together!

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