Dear AFA Recording: Feb 24, 2015

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  • Contractual Pay Increases on February 28th
  • U.S. Mall Threats: Situational Awareness
  • Check Your Unimatic FDWH and RECORD Screens Regularly
  • Last Week to Verify and Update Your E-Lines Email Address
  • Joint Negotiations Continue in Houston 

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, February 24, 2015.

Contractual Pay Increases on February 28th
As we approach the third year anniversary of the ratification of our 2012-2016 Agreement, we can look forward to the hourly rate of pay (Section 5.A.1. and Section 5.A.2.) increases which become effective on February 28, 2015 for the March schedule month.

If you have any questions please contact your Local Council.

U.S. Mall Threats: Situational Awareness
This past weekend many media outlets reported on a video claimed to be produced by Somalia's al-Qaida-linked rebel group al-Shabab.  This video urges attacks on shopping malls throughout the U.S., Canada, Britain, France and other Western countries. U.S. authorities have said there is "no credible" evidence suggesting a U.S. mall attack is imminent however the report indicates crowded places in general are attractive targets for these types of groups.

While we do have crew hotels in the vicinity of some of the shopping districts around the world, at this time United AFA MEC Safety, Health and Security and United Corporate Security have no indication of any impact to Flight Attendants or United operations and are monitoring the situation.  We recommend, as always, Flight Attendants maintain strong situational awareness and should always be mindful of your surroundings while on the aircraft, on a layover or at home.  If you have any safety concerns as always please contact your Local Council.

If any additional information becomes available we will provide an update via our Flight Attendant Alert Center on our website.

Check Your Unimatic FDWH and RECORD Screens Regularly
Just as you check your DSPLOF screens often, we encourage you to review your work history (FDWH/file number) and your points record (RECORD/file number) regularly.  If you find a discrepancy in your FDWH and/or RECORD screens you should contact your domicile supervisor and AFA Local Council.

Last Week to Verify and Update Your E-Lines Email Address
The United AFA Communication Committee is in the final stages of upgrading the E-Lines newsletter system to a more reliable, faster and more economical server. In preparation for this upgrade we require all current subscribers to E-Lines to verify and update their information in order to receive the E-Lines Newsletter after the relocation has occurred. 

In addition to the E-Lines Newsletter upgrade we have added a Text Message feature.  This feature will ensure that the United MEC is able to convey very important information to our Members as quickly as we receive it.  The system will be utilized on an occasional basis and only to communicate time sensitive information.  An example where a text message might be sent would be to alert and direct you to important safety and/or security information.  Additionally, we will use the system to communicate breaking Union news items such as reaching a Tentative Agreement (TA) on a Joint Contract.

If you have not verified your information by the March 3, 2015 deadline you will no longer receive the E-lines newsletter. Verifying your information is quick and simple. Please visit our website for instructions. Once you have provided the information you will be set for the transition.

Joint Negotiations Continue in Houston
Joint Negotiations continues this week in Houston. The Joint Negotiations Committee (JNC) is expected to provide an update through the OurUnited newsletter this Friday after this session.

As a reminder, all JNC updates can be found on the JNC website at  If you are not signed-up to receive the OurUnited Newsletter please do so also on

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