1. Sam Risoli Seeks to Eliminate Your Voice
We are outraged.
Mr. Risoli has again chosen to go directly to you and work with the representatives from the Continental subsidiary to circumvent your legal representative. By this action, the company’s intentions are clear: an end-run around your United AFA leadership. The communication, and deliberate and coordinated effort with the Continental representatives, together are intended to eliminate the reasonable options that we proposed; and to drive a wedge between United Flight Attendants, Continental and Continental Micronesia Flight Attendants and management. All of these efforts have been intentionally crafted in an attempt to weaken the influence of your representatives and eliminate your voice in the workplace.
Since learning of this action by management, we have made several attempts to gain an understanding of what the company has announced in order to best represent your interests. Management has refused to take our calls.
Since the inception of the merger, United management has treated United Flight Attendants and their leadership differently. This is but another example of the complete lack of respect for our group of Flight Attendants and for each one of us individually.
Today’s announcement raises more questions than it answers. We will work to resolve these issues.
2. Update from the MEC Meeting in Chicago
Today concludes the first day of the United Master Executive Council (MEC) meeting in Chicago. Speaking to a full room of Flight Attendant leadership and members this morning, President Greg Davidowitch opened his report by first addressing United’s decision to pursue an involuntary furlough. Greg affirmed the action the MEC took during this past Friday’s conference call. Flight Attendant Members attending the meeting spoke passionately about the frustration all United Flight Attendants are experiencing, and the Solidarity among our community to support one another. A summary of that discussion is in included in today’s Dear AFA as well.
A number of our Members attended the MEC Meeting this morning and provided valuable feedback and shared their concerns regarding the announced Involuntary Furlough. Our leadership heard first hand, from a number of those concerned about a potential involuntary furlough. The MEC Officers and LEC Presidents, made clear the an involuntary furlough is far from a foregone conclusion. As Greg Davidowitch reported last week, this is not the end. It is the beginning. Our advocacy for consensual solutions remains our best option, but most assuredly not our only option. We have filed a Cease & Desist and are fully prepared to litigate our dispute in court if necessary and appropriate. The MEC Is unanimous in their affirmation that any involuntary furlough is not the right choice for our Flight Attendants or the company.
The MEC clearly heard from those Members in attendance that desire to “do something” and participate together towards a solution. Understanding that where we currently are in the process is the time for patience and diplomacy does not mean that nothing is happening. Discussions continue, preparation and planning continue and while today is not the day to bring out our “big stick,” this restraint should not for a moment be mistaken for a lack of resolve or preparedness to use whatever means are necessary to protect these Members’ jobs if and when that time comes in the near future.
That’s all for this evening! Thank you for calling. As we build our future together and achieve an industry leading Single Contract for all Flight Attendants at the new United.
3.Profit Sharing Election Window Open through January 27, 2014
United is expected to announce their fourth quarter financial results this Thursday, January 23rd. As we’ve previously reported, if the company earns more than $10 million in pre-tax profits for the year, a profit sharing payment will be paid to eligible Flight Attendants, consistent with the terms of Section 5.J.2. of our Contract.
We will have the ability to designate a percentage of our profit sharing award to our Contractual 401(k), or U.K. Stakeholder plan retirement savings accounts. The deadline for determining what your elections will be is January 27th. New this year is the ability to make this determination after the amount of the payment is known, between January 23 and January 27, 2014.
You can elect to defer all, or some percentage of your, Contractual profit sharing payment to your:
- 401(k) retirement savings account or,
- Roth 401(k) Plan account, if applicable.
- UK Stakeholder Plan Account
United anticipates that the payment will once again be made mid-February.
We encourage you to review additional information and important considerations we have provided on our website.
4.Imputed Income & FICA Tax Refunds Due to Employees with Same Gender Spouses
As a result of the historic defeat of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013, refunds of the imputed income for health & welfare benefits, as well as travel entitlements were due to those with same gender spouses. After initially reporting United’s snafu in handing the notification email from United’s “Your Benefits Team,” additional problems are being reported as they relate to the marriage date being incorrect.
We are working to identify these problems with management and pressing for a swift and timely resolution. United has stipulated that W2C forms will not be created beyond January 30, 2014 so it is imperative that they resolve all issues and provide sufficient time for the corrections to be addressed and completed before their deadline.
5.Unimatic Access Issue
In the continuing saga of Java updates adversely impacting home Unimatic access, the latest release of Java 7.51 is no exception. If you have updated Java and are experiencing an issue connecting to Unimatic, we have been provided a “fix” which should resolve the issue. In the event a problem persists, please contact United’s help desk *800-255-5801) for additional troubleshooting.