United’s Unanticipated Increase in Block Hours

Date: May 2, 2014
Type: AFA Article

As a result of recent unanticipated changes by United’s Aircraft Scheduling, Flight Operations and Technical Operations (Maintenance), Inflight Scheduling has advised us of the need to add about 1,300 block hours into the pre-merger United domestic-fleet schedules.  This additional flying will involve the 757 and A319/320 Airbus fleets.  During discussions with the company, we advocated for the prospect of recalling Flight Attendants from involuntary furlough status however, and because the nature of this additional flying is temporary according to United and, to a certain extent, fluid, United management will instead, invoke the provisions of the Partnership Letter of Agreement. 

Consistent with the terms of the Partnership Letter of Agreement, Section L:

  • Flight Attendants participating in Partnership 11 who would like to pick up open flying during the June schedule month should contact Partnership@united.com to have their monthly maximum increased in their line of flying, or,
  • Flight Attendants at domestic locations, including HNL, who are participating in Partnership 11 may elect to dissolve their Partnership for the June schedule month.   If you elect to dissolve your Partnership for the June schedule, you should send an e-mail to Partnership@united.com no later than noon Central Time on Monday, May 12 from your corporate email account.  The email should include the name and file number of both partners. The partnership will be dissolved for June and each Flight Attendant will be awarded flying based on her/his seniority.  Flight Attendants dissolving their partnership for June will receive full accrual for vacation and sick leave.

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