Hello. This is APFA National Communications Coordinator George Price with an APFA HotLine Update for Tuesday, September 3, 2002.
The initial proffer for Overage Leaves of Absence will be posted on Wednesday, September 4th. The proffer will close at 0800 CDT on September 16th. Flight Attendants interested in proffering for one of the leaves can do so by submitting HISEND message form 32 for Overage Leaves and Message form 20 for Partnership Flying. Proffer instructions can be found in HIDIRECTORY under FA/VC/OVER for Overage Leaves and FA/VC/PART for Partnership Flying.
Overage Leaves will be offered in three key blocks. The first is a 12-month key block beginning October 1, 2002 running through September 30, 2003. The second is a 7-month key block beginning October 1, 2002 and ending April 30, 2003. The third and final key block is a 6-month block that will begin on November 1, 2002 and end on April 30, 2003. STL and ISL Flight Attendants will not be eligible to bid the 6-month key blocks during this Overage Leave bidding cycle. Once the Company finalizes the November Schedule for STL and ISL another overage leave proffer will be posted for those two bases for the 6-month key blocks that begin November 1, 2002.
If an overage still exists after the key blocks have been awarded, auxiliary blocks will then be awarded.
They are broken down as follows:
Block A Oct 1, 2002-Dec 31, 2002 (3-months)
Block B Jan 1, 2003-Sep 30, 2003 (9-months)
Block C Jan 1, 2003-Apr 30, 2003 (4-months)
Block D Nov 1, 2002-Jan 30, 2003 (3-months)
Block E Jan 31, 2003-Apr 30, 2003 (3-months)
STL and ISL Flight Attendants will not be eligible to bid the auxiliary blocks D beginning November 1, 2002-January 30, 2003 or E beginning January 31, 2003-April 30, 2003. A separate proffer will open in late September for STL and ISL to bid for these auxiliary blocks.
Flight Attendants are eligible to bid for Overage Leaves if they are on an active status the day the leave commences. Flight Attendants on Injury-on-Duty must have a planned clear date prior to the start date of the Overage Leave to be eligible. If a Flight Attendant is on FMLA or maternity and holds the Overage Leave you must clear the sick list prior to the beginning of the leave. If a Flight Attendant is currently on an Educational Leave, Personal Leave, or Overage Leave they will be eligible to bid for an Overage Leave as long as their current leave ends prior to the start date of the Overage Leave.
Only after all key and auxiliary Overage Leave blocks have been awarded, and if an overage still exists at that time, will Partnership Flying be awarded. Partnership Flying will be for three months beginning October 1, 2002 thru December 31, 2002.
The APFA has set up a “Partner Finder” on the APFA Web site under “Reduction in Force.” If you are interested participating in Partnership Flying and need to find a partner, you can list yourself and your qualifications for others at your base to view. The APFA is offering this service in order to make it easier to locate a partner. It is the responsibility of the individual Flight Attendants to make contact and create the partnership in accordance with Appendix F of the Contract and the Article 16 Settlement Agreement. All of this information can be found on the APFA Web site.
Please continue to monitor this hotline and visit the web site under “Reduction in Force” for the latest information