United provides flight attendants, pilots additional pay for proof of Covid vaccination
A United Airlines passenger jet lands at Newark Liberty International Airport, New Jersey, USA on December 6, 2019.
Chris Helgren | Reuters
United Airlines is offering new incentives to flight attendants and pilots who demonstrate evidence of Covid-19 vaccination, a company’s latest plan to encourage employees to be vaccinated.
The airline grants flight attendants up to three additional days off for almost 10 hours of salary in their vacation bank 2022, if they can prove that they are by 9.
You will get two days worth 6.5 hours if given the first dose between June 10th and July 1st and the second as per manufacturer’s requirements, unless it is a single dose.
The programs are voluntary, but the Association of Flight Attendants, their union, noted that governments could request it.
“In the event that vaccination is required, any flight attendant who is not vaccinated and / or who has not provided United with evidence of vaccination will not be allowed to fly to any destination in a country where vaccination is required consists. “Said the AFA.
United offered pilots 13 hours of pay last week if they submit proof of vaccination before June 1, 12 hours before June 10, and 11 hours after that by June 30 when the incentive ends.
Around 80 percent of the approximately 12,500 United pilots have been vaccinated, according to a company spokeswoman.
United CEO Scott Kirby said in January that he wanted to make vaccines mandatory for employees, but so far the company has not made a decision. Rival Delta Air Lines said last month the vaccine was mandatory for new employees. Both Delta and American have offered their employees extra time off to get vaccinated.
United launched a competition last month for free tickets as a prize for customers who upload their vaccination cards to the airline’s platform by June 22nd. The airline will hold a drawing in June to select 30 winners for round-trip tickets for two to where the airline flies. In July, five main prize winners will receive one year of free travel for themselves and an accompanying person.
More than 500,000 people took part in the competition, United said.