By the end of this month of April, we will have welcomed over 800 new Flight Attendants to the line in 2019, with several more classes scheduled this year. In 2018, we had over 1000 new Flight Attendants join us!
For our newest Flight Attendants, during the first one hundred eighty (180) days after you are assigned to the line, you are considered to be apprentice Members of our Union and probationary employees. During this probationary period, you have all of the protections of our Contract with the limited exception of access to the grievance process for disciplinary reasons. This does not prohibit AFA-CWA from advocating for you as our Newest Members nor does it prohibit you from seeking guidance from or the support of your Union representatives. In fact, we strongly encourage you to call us! We are here for you every step of the way.
Contact your Local Council to connect with your Local Reserve Committee and to get information about the AFA Buddy Program where a veteran Flight Attendant volunteers to be your “buddy” during the first one hundred eighty (180) days of your career. This group of dedicated volunteers is ready to help you find your way in your new role as a new United Flight Attendant.
The Reserve Guide in addition to the other Reference Guides are very informative in explaining the provisions in the JCBA. These Guides are found in your Link (One United app) and in Flying Together. It can be helpful to upload these documents to your personal smart phone utilizing apps like iBooks or PDF Expert to be able to use the keyword search function to find answers quickly.
It is encouraged that all Flight Attendants subscribe to E-lines, our United AFA twice-weekly publication for United Flight Attendants. Your Local Council also produces a newsletter specific to their location and is published on varying schedules in each location.