United offers flight attendants and pilots additional compensation for proof of Covid vaccination
A United Airlines airliner lands at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, the United States, December 6, 2019.
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The carrier will give flight attendants up to three additional days off for nearly 10 hours of pay in their 2022 vacation day bank if they show they have been fully vaccinated by June 9, according to a memo from their union sent out on Thursday.
They will receive two days valued at 6.5 hours of pay if they receive the first dose between June 10 and July 1 and the second according to manufacturers’ requirements, unless it is a single dose. .
The programs are voluntary, but the Association of Flight Attendants, their union, noted that governments may require it.
“In the event that a vaccination requirement were to arise, any flight attendant who was not vaccinated and / or who did not provide documentation to justify vaccination to United would be ineligible to work on a flight to a destination in a country where a vaccination requirement exists, “AFA said.
Last week, United offered their pilots 13 hours pay if they presented proof of vaccination before June 1, 12 hours before June 10 and 11 hours pay thereafter until June 30, when the incentive ends.
About 80% of United’s approximately 12,500 pilots have been vaccinated, according to a spokesperson for the company.
United CEO Scott Kirby said in January he wanted to do compulsory vaccines for employees but so far the company has not made a decision. Rival Delta Airlines last month said the vaccine would be mandatory for new employees. Delta and American offered employees extra time off to get vaccinated.
United last month launched a contest with free tickets as prizes for customers who upload their vaccination cards to the airline’s platform before June 22. The airline will hold raffles in June, selecting 30 winners for round-trip tickets for two wherever the airline flies. In July, five grand prize winners will receive one year of free travel for themselves and a companion.
More than 500,000 people entered the competition, United said.