August 29, 2017
RUPA Members: Harvey Donation Information
From UAL CEO Oscar Munoz:
Posted August 27, 2017
Dear United family,
Since my last note to you yesterday, the impact of Tropical Storm Harvey has continued to devastate communities throughout the Gulf region, especially those around our Houston hub.
First, our thoughts and prayers are with everyone threatened and affected. Specifically, I want every single member of the United family who has been affected to know you are not alone in your time of need.
So many of our colleagues across the system have reached out with a simple question: “What can I do?” First, I encourage everyone who is able to donate to our employee relief fund, United We Care. We are all in this together, which is why I will personally match your contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million. So, let’s come together to make sure our friends and colleagues truly feel that the entire United family is behind them.
Secondly, peace of mind is just as valuable a resource in times like these. I don’t want any employee worrying about whether his or her family budget will be impacted by the irregular operations. That’s why, given the extended nature and time period of the flooding, we are ensuring that pay will be provided for every scheduled work day that your work facility remains closed as a result of the storm via a modification of the “Adverse Weather Facility Closed” policy.
Third, we intend to leverage the full reach and resources of the United network to bring vital relief to affected communities.
At this very moment, we are coordinating with the FAA to continue to allow us to operate humanitarian flights into the area in order to deliver essential supplies, including food, water and first aid. We are conducting two humanitarian missions today, which will deliver bottled water and shelf-stable food. With the exception of humanitarian and relief flights, all commercial flights are canceled until noon on August 31.
The good news is that the IAH station reports our staff is currently doing well on supplies, however the food and water we’re sending from IAD and ORD will continue throughout the crisis. We are also working with Walgreens and Americares to provide supplementary items, such as medical supplies as well as United amenity kits, blankets, snack items and water.
We are also working closely with the Houston Mayor’s office and Emergency Operations to understand how we can be supportive of their efforts to convert the George R. Brown Convention Center into a shelter.
All our efforts are being coordinated by a special Harvey response team that we’ve assembled at the NOC Emergency Operations Center in order to concentrate our humanitarian response and recovery plans.
We know the crisis is far from over. We will be there every step of the way going forward. And we will remain committed long after the skies clear and the waters recede in order to help our communities rebuild, stronger than ever.
Retired United Pilots Association
Phyllis Cleveland, Eblast Coordinator
P.O. Box 400 Vineburg, CA 95487 -0400