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Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLA) Information

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Date: Oct 25, 2016

Source: unitedafa.org

The company has announced they will be offering four (4) month Company Offered Leaves of Absence (COLA) staring with the December 2016 Schedule Month, as provided under Section 15 of our new Joint Contract.

Bidding for this COLA will close Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 8:00am Central Standard Time.  Flight Attendants can submit their request using the Unimatic command LOAREQ. When completing the DIS page enter the schedule month dates of:

  • November 30, 2016 (11-30-2016) through April 1, 2017 (04-01-2017) 

Should you choose to bid for this COLA it is important to carefully review the company's Leave of Absence information, particularly as it pertains to insurance, pass travel, vacation and sick leave accrual. Leave of Absence status could affect these benefits and could also affect seniority accrual if on Special Leave status for more than 180 days in any 12-month period, as outlined in Section 15 of our new Joint Contract.

Flight Attendants wishing to take advantage of this opportunity should make an informed choice and consider the benefits and consequences of this and all Leaves of Absences.  Flight Attendants can download a copy of United’s Leave of Absence package by going to Flying Together > Inflight Services > Administration > Inflight Services - Flight Attendant Support Team > Leave of Absence Information. Please note once awarded a COLA you cannot rescinded.

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