The Association of Flight Attendants and United Airlines have agreed to the terms of a joint tentative agreement and the Joint MEC has unanimously approved sending the TA out to the membership for ratification. If ratified, flight attendants from the pre-merger carriers at United would finally be brought together under one flight attendant contract.
This Tentative Agreement is unlike any other in our careers. There will be new terms and concepts for everyone. It is imperative that we make an informed decision based on correct information. — AFA
The Joint Negotiation Committee continues to prepare the full language of the Tentative Agreement which will be available July 11th — in the meantime, a summary has been posted and the AFA has been answering hundreds of member questions around the clock via Facebook with a queue sometimes reaching 700 or more questions.
For six years, United management did everything in its power to pit flight attendants from Continental, Continental Micronesia and United against one another to promote division, disorganization and confusion in an effort to destroy solidarity and weaken their leverage during negotiations. Meanwhile at American Airlines, former APFA President Laura Glading, made backroom deals with management that set flight attendants back decades industry-wide. Glading was forced to resign although her actions took industry standards to a new low.
The divisive plan of United management took a toll yet fell short thanks in part to a core group of determined United flight attendants from all pre-merger carriers who understand the power of unity and the importance of presenting a united front in spite of any differences that may exist among those they stand together with.
Climate of Frustration
Airline employees have continued to work in a concessionary environment even as executives and shareholders have enjoyed a financial windfall during this new era of record-setting airline profits. The consolidation of the industry along with a concerted union-busting effort among carriers has also taken a huge toll on worker morale and left them looking where to assign the blame.
We’ve all witnessed the outcome of the recent referendum in the UK regarding whether to leave or stay in the EU. As we all know, the majority voted to exit the EU; an expression of frustration, anger, apathy but with no clear understanding of what would happen next. As a result, even those who publicly championed the push to leave the EU have gone virtually underground rather than face and deal with the aftermath.
For airline workers, economic instability has been a way of life for far too long and even those who’ve remained silent are joining their colleagues to move their careers forward.
On the Spot
United flight attendants are now the ones faced with a tough decision.
However this turns out, solidarity at United and across the industry is the only way for flight attendants to get to where they deserve to be.
Here are some of the provisions of the TA:
- Improved single pay scale with base rates topping out in the 13th year at $62.00 and moving to $67.11 throughout the agreement.
- $2.00 international override per hour and reimbursement for Global Entry.
- $5.00 incentive rate of pay for all flying between 200 and 330 hours in a quarter.
- Preserved our Flight Attendant-specific healthcare plan, with additional Medical Plan options.
- Profit Sharing
- Protected Scope language that defines Flight Attendant work as belonging to AFA members on the United Airlines System Seniority list – all CAL/UAL/CMI.
- No Furlough Letter for all Flight Attendants on seniority list at date of ratification.
- Holiday Pay for 5 holidays each year.
- Per diem at $2.20 Domestic / $2.70 for International with automatic $0.05 increase every other year on-going.
- Three (3) hours flight time pay and credit for training, plus up to five (5) hours deadhead pay each way to and from training.
- Industry-leading Reassignment protections and pay.
- Commuter Program without usage limit and cabin jumpseat qualifies as an available seat for commuting purposes.
- No weight restrictions for CJA.
- 12 days off for Reserves and 12 hours free from duty at home between trips.
- Reserves have ability to trade assigned trips with Lineholders or other Reserves.
- New ability for Reserves to pick up flying from Lineholders on days off.
- Domestic 10 hours free from duty on layovers, with at least 8 hours place of lodging at hotel.
- 12 hours free from duty at home between trips for Domestic Lineholders, but waivable at Flight Attendant option to 10 hours when trading or picking up.
- Contractual hotel standards with downtown/downtown-like hotels for layovers of 19 hours or more.
- Hotel Gainsharing, Domestic and International.
- Vacation days ranging from 12 days to 40 days, with an additional 7 day Flex Vacation and optional Vacation Fly Through.
- Maintained and improved Retirement Plans.
- Maintained floor exchange rates.
- 5 year duration with one year early opener.