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Phase II Vacation Bidding

Phase II (Secondary) Vacation Bidding  open on Monday, November 16, 2015, and run through November 23, 2015, at  0830 Local Domicile Time.

Please keep in mind if you do not bid enough to cover your seniority (insufficient bid), you will be assigned a vacation in one of the two following ways:

1.     During the primary bid process, the company will award all primary bids.  Insufficient bids will then be awarded in seniority order by working backward through the year, from December to January.

2.     If your secondary or tertiary bid is insufficient, you will automatically be assigned a vacation in inverse seniority order working forward through the year, from January through December.  In this instance it would mean that if you have 1998 company seniority, you will be assigned a vacation before another insufficient bidder who has a1991 company seniority date.

For more information on the 2016 Vacation Bidding process visit our website.

Holiday Bonus Point Program: One Point Credit for Holiday Dependability

This year management will again offer Flight Attendants the Attendance Point Credit Program. A "no absence" during this period over the holidays will generate a one-point credit, to be banked and applied toward any future point-generating occurrence, under the following circumstances: 

·        If you are on active status the entire designated holiday period from December 14, 2015 through January 11, 2016 local base time;

·        If you work a flight segment and/or stand Reserve during December 14, 2015 through January 11, 2016; and,

·        If you generate zero attendance points (as defined in Section II of the 2008 Discipline and Dispute Resolution Side Letter) during this same December 14, 2015 through January 11, 2016 period. 

The one point credit will offset the first point-generating occurrence after January 11, 2016.  There is no expiration date for the one point credit and should the segment worked during this period experience a delay beyond January 11, 2016, it will still qualify for the credit. 

At the conclusion of this year’s holiday period, documentation of the one point credit for attendance will be noted in your work history (FDWH) and your RECORD screen in Unimatic. Let us be clear, there is no expectation that anyone who is sick should come to work when they are sick. 

Benefits Open Enrollment Now Open
Our Annual Benefits Open Enrollment period to enroll in and/or make changes to benefit options for 2016 opened on November 2 and run through November 20, 2015. Your United AFA MEC Benefits Committee stresses the importance of going online to the Your Benefits Resources (YBR) site from Flying Together during Open Enrollment to compare plan summaries and their benefit levels. You need to choose the right plan(s) for you and your family.  Having a lower monthly cost up-front doesn’t necessarily translate to a lower overall cost, nor does it mean it is good for you and your family.  Co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums, and covered services are all factors that need to be taken into consideration when making your decisions.

It is extremely important that our benefits are, and continue to be protected by our Contract language. The Traditional PPO Medical plan and Traditional Dental plan, part of the upcoming annual enrollment, are two of the benefits protected within our current Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Contract outlines the deductibles, co-insurance amounts, and out of pocket maximums for these plans. The Contract also stipulates a 7% cap on year-over-year monthly premium increases. 

United continues to look for ways to reduce their costs of providing benefits to employees.  It is critical that you look at the details, no matter how small, of any plan you are considering.  This is particularly important if you are electing an HMO or an Aetna Select plan. Coverage and co-pays are being changed annually in those plans. 

Keep in mind these benefit elections become effective as of January 1, 2016.

Our MEC Benefits Committee has compiled a number of considerations for this year’s Open Enrollment for our Members.  We encourage you to make the time to review this important information located on our website. Be aware and beware. 



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