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January 22, 2015
Q: When does Diversion Pay go into effect for LUS Flight Attendants and how does it work?
A: Diversion Pay will go into effect for LUS Flight Attendants on February 1, 2015. If a flight is diverted and either the flight does not pull up to the gate or it does pull up to the gate but passengers are not allowed to leave the aircraft, each Flight Attendant will receive full pay and credit for all time passengers are on board the aircraft. In essence the clock does not stop because of the diversion. Section 3
Q: Why is the daily value of PVDs 3 hours 30 minutes?
A: PVDs are borrowed from the following year’s vacation allotment, not the current year’s. Therefore, those vacation days have not yet accrued. During negotiations, the company was adamant that Flight Attendants were no longer going to be allowed to use “unearned” vacation. Due to the Company’s insistence on removing PVDs in the JCBA, the Negotiating Committee was able to negotiate a provision of six PVDs per year at a daily rate of 3.30 per day along with the increased vacation at trips-missed for LAA until PBS implementation. Up to six PVDs will continue to be awarded to Flight Attendants in order of seniority unless they are used for a pay substitution such as Family Medical Leave or Bereavement.
Q: When will LUS Flight Attendants see the increased hourly pay rate reflected in our paychecks?
A: Normally, LUS Flight Attendants would not notice the adjustment in pay until the February 15th paycheck. The company has decided to make the adjustment 2 weeks earlier than normal. The new hourly pay rates will be reflected in your January 30th paycheck.
Q: Will I be on straight Reserve if I was hired after date of signing (December 13, 2014)?
A: The new JCBA Reserve rotation will not be implemented until PBS, which is expected to occur for LAA no sooner than January 2017. No Flight Attendant who is currently employed by American Airlines will serve straight Reserve once PBS is implemented.
When PBS begins for LAA, a Flight Attendant who has not completed 12 months with the company will finish out those 12 months on straight Reserve. ONLY new hire Flight Attendants hired in the same year of PBS Implementation will be subject to straight Reserve for the remainder of their first twelve months. JCBA SECTION – 12.A.3.
Example: If a new hire Flight Attendant graduates from new hire training in February 2017, and PBS is implemented in May 2017, new hire Flight Attendants would be subject to straight Reserve from May 2017 until February 2018, which would be the completion of their 12 months after initial training.
Example: If a new hire Flight Attendant is hired in June 2017 and PBS was implemented in May 2017, that new hire Flight Attendant will serve 12 months of straight Reserve.
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