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Early Out | Job Security | Pay | Health Care | Seniority | Retirement | LOA 7 | Retro/Bonus | RLA process | Voting |


Early Out:

Q.  Where can I find information?
A. Our early out web page has all the forms and results of the early out.


Job Security:

Some information on Job Security: Download

 

Q.  Define what is “Core Work”?
A. “Core Work” is those common everyday tasks we complete at work on a daily basis. Examples of this work includes but is not limited to the following;
Fleet Service: loading, stowing, unloading, and pick-up and delivery, to and from mainline aircraft, of cargo, including mail, express, baggage, freight.
Public Contact: processing customer transactions within the Shares (or equivalent) passenger service or cargo reservations system in authorized positions at designated airports, contact centers (including remote reservations agent functions), and other specified support locations, including booking and modifying reservations, ticketing and check-in within an airport facility, execution of over-sales, loyalty program/MileagePlus transactions, customer service recovery, flight arrival and departure processing, and operation of passenger loading systems/jet bridges.

Stores: shipping and receiving, the inspecting issuing, inventorying, binning and storing of supplies, equipment and material

 

Q.  Could an S-CO furloughed employee transfer into one of the new insourced cities? 
A. All United employees will be eligible to transfer to positions, in the newly opened cities, for which they are qualified. Vacancies in the newly insourced cities will be filled following the completion of an integrated seniority list, by the rules outlined in the new agreements.


Pay:

Some information on pay: Download


Health Care:

Health Care Information and Costs for April 2014 visit Skynet:2014 IAM Medical Preview

Timeline for the Company's plan for re-enrollment of your insurance:

February 5th: Explanation Materials mailed to employees homes.
February 10th: Benefits Enrollment online begins.
February 21st: Benefits Enrollment Ends.
February 24th: Correction period begins.
March 7th: Correction period ends.
April 1st: New Benefit packages and costs start.

UA Benefits Magazine for subCO: Download

UA Benefits Magazine for subUA: Download

HEALTH INSURANCE - TOWN HALL CALL

If you missed the IAMAW District 141’s Town Hall conference call regarding health insurance on Monday October 21, 2013 at 7:35pm, you can listen to it here.

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We received email questions after the Town Hall Conference Call. Rich Delaney has been responding to each email and some of the most frequently asked questions are listed below:

Question 1:

Some people are under the impression that the contract can say who the health care providers are. A few have said if the contract doesn't say there will be a PPO with Blue Cross/Blue Shield, they are voting no. Please make sure during the talks to let people know United can choose whatever administrator it wants to for our health care plans and since not all providers operate in all states, the contract can't be that specific in language as to who the administrator is. 
Mike

Answer 1:
Mike -

Good point. United is self insured so there never is a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan or Aetna plan. They only handle the administration of the plan - paperwork, etc.

Rich

Question 2:

Hello.

If the new contract goes through and we redo the insurance in march,

do we have to requalify for the deductible we already met?

Johnny

Answer 2:

Johnny -

Any deductible payments you may have to make under the current open enrollment selection will be credited to whatever plan you opt for in the special open enrollment. The new plan may ask for an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) showing the deductible; once that is provided you will be credited with the full amount of paid deductible.

Rich

Question 3:

I am confused on the issue of Out Of Pocket (oop) max vs. "deductable" .



I see on the new 2014 IAM TA medical preview area that deductibles range from $0 - $1000 with the build your own EPOs.

I assume deductable is your cost upfront before the coinsurance (i.e. 80%, or 90%) kicks in.



Is there a resource to verify the annual out of pocket max. on each plan as well?



Thank you,



David




David -

A "deductible" is paid per visit or treatment and is paid by the employee until the targeted deductible level is met. At that time the co-insurance begins paying at the selected percentage (80 or 90%). When the "out of pocket" maximum is paid in a year, the insurance then covers 100% for the remainder of the year.

Rich

 


Seniority:

 

SENIORITY INTEGRATION LISTS

 

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Process of Seniority Integration:

Rich Delaney, 20 January 2014:

"Since the seniority/juniority lists will be used in different situations in the future - seniority for transfers, juniority for furlough, for example - members should review all lists. The last remaining issue regarding the full integration of seniority is the recent options chosen by line station agents between working upstairs or downstairs in their stations. Arbitrator Javits will need to review the changes this selection process has caused and determine the correct integration into work groups for agents and leads. We expect Mr. Javits will have this additional work completed in the next few weeks."

Final Integrated Seniority Lists, 15 January 2014: Download

IAM Seniority Integration Summary Chart and Cover Letter

Summary of how the different Seniority dates were determined by Joshua Javits.

"Neutral's Report and Recommendations" regarding Seniority Integration

Read the complete and comprehensive report by Joshua Javits, "Neutral's Report and Recommendations". This outlines the process of combining Seniority lists involving Fleet Service, Passenger Service, and Stores Employees of Pre-merger United Airlines, Mileage Plus, Continental Airlines, and Continental Micronesia.

 

Protesting Seniority:

 

Final Integrated Seniority Lists, 15 January 2014: Download

Cover Letter from Joshua Javits 06 November 2013: Download

Seniority Integration Letter from Joshua Javits 11 October 2013: Download

The following is an excerpt from the letter, regarding how to protest your position on the seniority list:

"Seniority lists will issue on November 11, 2013.  Afterwards, affected IAM members will have until December 11, 2013 to file any individual protests that they may have regarding their placement on the list.  Protests must be made in writing and must clearly state the nature of the alleged error in the listed seniority date.  Protests may be filed by mail or fax received by the December 11, 2013 deadline at the address and fax number of the Washington, D.C. law firm assigned to facilitate this process:

Joshua Javits, Neutral
c/o Guerrieri, Clayman, Bartos & Parcelli, P.C.
1900 M Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C.  20036
Facsimile: 202-624-7420

Protests sent by email will not be considered.  I will decide all filed protests and issue final seniority lists making adjustments or corrections, if any, no later than January 15, 2013."

 

"Neutral's Report and Recommendations" regarding Seniority Integration

Read the report completed by Joshua Javits, "Neutral's Report and Recommendations". This outlines the process of combining Seniority lists involving Fleet Service, Passenger Service, and Stores Employees of Pre-merger United Airlines, Mileage Plus, Continental Airlines, and
Continental Micronesia.

Seniority Integration Update: Download

Q.  How will seniority integration be handled?
A. Seniority integration will be handled by an Independent Arbitrator.  The arbitrator we have selected is Joshua Javits. Mr. Javits is an extremely well known and respected neutral with a strong background in dealing with these types of hearings. Mr. Javits is not currently an arbitrator that hears other United/IAM cases, and in fact has not heard previous cases under our Grievance Procedure. Mr. Javits is the former Chairman of the National Mediation Board. As a Union, we have hired an outside law firm to manage the hearing on behalf of the IAM and its members. The firm of Gurerrieri, Clayman, Bartos & Parcelli have agreed to work with our members and present their positions to Mr. Javits. Again, this firm has an established history in representing unions and union members in these types of hearings. We have not engaged this firm in other cases. Representatives of the IAM will be appointed to present the many positions our members have identified as critical to establishing a fair and equitable combined seniority list. In addition, the process calls for a period of time, after Mr. Javits makes his initial ruling, in which individual members can protest their position on the list and Mr. Javits will rule on the individual facts.

 


Retirement:

Some information on Retirement: Download


Letter of Agreement 7 (LOA 7)cba

Rich Delaney, 20 January 2014:

"Since the seniority/juniority lists will be used in different situations in the future - seniority for transfers, juniority for furlough, for example - members should review all lists. The last remaining issue regarding the full integration of seniority is the recent options chosen by line station agents between working upstairs or downstairs in their stations. Arbitrator Javits will need to review the changes this selection process has caused and determine the correct integration into work groups for agents and leads. We expect Mr. Javits will have this additional work completed in the next few weeks."

Letter of Agreement 7 (LOA 7): Download

LOA 7 Q and A: Download

Question 1.
Is this a bid between Customer Service and Ramp Service jobs, or is this a furlough of S-UA employees?
Answer 1.
This one time transitional bid will not result in a reduction-in-force for either S-UA or S-CO co-workers.

Question 2.
If I have to work the Ramp Service, because my seniority can’t hold Customer Service, can I bump to another location or work status if I want to?
Answer 2.
This is a bidding process, similar to the ones you have had in the past, and not being able to hold the position you want would not be considered a furlough and you would have no bumping rights. Those rights would come later if needed.

Questions 3.
I’m a Service Director in Customer Service; will I keep my Service Director position in Ramp Service?
Answer 3.
Yes, if you can hold a Lead Ramp Service position on the bid, then you would be a Lead.

Question 4.
I only want to work Customer Service, how do I get off the Ramp?
Answer 4.
Through a vacancy (in station or out of station) or in a furlough of Ramp, then you can bump back to Customer Service within 2 years if your seniority can hold it.

Question 5.
How is this fair? A S-CO ASA with less seniority is working Customer Service and I have to work Ramp Service?
Answer 5.
This is a transition bid that is solely being done to align the former PCE group with the agreed-upon NMB craft or class designations. The S-CO airport agents are already aligned to the Passenger Service or Fleet Service crafts, and none have the ability to choose to transfer to the other craft, nor do they have the ability to carry their seniority across crafts. S-UA PCE is being given both choices. After the transition, future bids and vacancies will be done strictly by seniority.

Question 6.
I’m afraid the Company is going to outsource the Ramp Service and/or Customer Service? Would I be safer to bid Customer Service instead of Ramp Service?
Answer 6.
Line Station have been bidding above and below the wing for decades, you should bid where you want to work. No one has a crystal ball. If Ramp Service is out sourced, you have 2 year right of recall and would be able to bump back upstairs, if someone is there that is junior. There are hundreds of in-sourcing jobs and almost 900 Customer Service taking the early out. This will create more job opportunities for everyone.


Retro Pay/Bonus:

Starting Wednesday, 23 October until we vote: Call for your individual retro/back pay amount.

1 (847) 434-1631 - 0930-2000 CDT

Members need to provide: Your Legacy Carrier and your employee number. You will be provided with the gross amount of retroactive/back pay. Your signing bonus is in addition to your retroactive/back pay.

From Rich Delaney Update, 25 October 2013: Download

"The members requested we have discussions with the company to clarify the eligibility of the retroactive back pay/signing bonus payment. Members within contracts that are ratified will receive these payments. Retroactive/signing bonus payments will be delayed for any members covered under a contract that is rejected.

Members will be able to make special contributions to their 401(k) accounts from the retroactive/signing bonus payment. A special deduction form, to be used for these payments only, will be available. Limitations on contribution levels will be based on IRS rules for maximum annual contributions."


RLA Process:

Q. What happens if TA2 is voted down? What happens next?

A. To answer questions that involve Government Agencies and Federal Law, we must go to an expert in Labor Law to ensure members have the facts. Click here to Download Ira Gottieb's analysis and learn about his qualification in as a Labor Lawyer.


 

Industry Information:

Download: Airline Industry Overview

 


Contract information

 

Download: Differences between TA1 and TA2

Download: Contract | Pay Raise | Job Security - More Information: 03 October, 2013

Download: Contract Highlights

 

 

 

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