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5.06.15 – (LUS) June Pairing %, Claiming Sick Leave, Company Absence Policy

 

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June 2015 Pairing Percentages
Claiming Sick Leave
Company Absence Policy

June 2015 Bidding Information and Pairing Percentages
PBS Bidding:

•   June 2015 PBS Bidding Opens:  May 10 – 1200 EDT / 0900 MST
•   June 2015 PBS Bidding Closes:  May 16 – 1200 EDT / 0900 MST
•   June 2015 PBS Bids Awarded:  May 18 – 1200 EDT / 0900 MST
•   Awards posted on CATS: May 19 – 1200 EDT / 0900 MST

Vacation Extension (VEX) Requests for July:

•   May 15 – 31 – via form on Wings — Flight Service — Lines & Pairings (Bidding) page
•   A Flight Attendant who is scheduled for at least seven (7) consecutive vacation days may elect to place up to a total of four (4) days off BEFORE or AFTER, or SPLIT on either side of such vacation. The days off will act as a pre-planned absence and will carry NO pay or credit. Such days off will be counted toward the Reserve’s scheduled Golden Days. Such block of four (4) days, or portion thereof, may be extended into the next bid period.

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Claiming Sick Leave

The 2013 RedBook Contract states: “With Crew Scheduling’s consent, a Lineholder shall have the option to request to rejoin the trip provided the trip passes through her/his domicile, and such request is made at the time of the Initial sick call. If such request is granted by Crew Scheduling, the Lineholder will be charged sick leave for any portion of the trip not flown.”  

For example, a Lineholder calls out sick on Day 1 of a trip that passes through their home domicile. Such Lineholder has the option to request to pick up the trip as long as they make the request at the time of their sick call. Splitting back onto the trip will be with Crew Scheduling’s consent only
 

Example Trip “A”: 

Day 1) PHX – PHL (Mon.)

Day 2) PHL – PHX – SEA (Tues.)

Day 3) SEA – PHX (Wed.)

Example Trip “B”: 

Day 1) PHL – CLT (Sun.)

Day 2) CLT – PHL – ATL (Mon.)

Day 3) ATL – PHL (Tues.)

Example Trip “C”:

Day 1) CLT – DCA (Fri.)

Day 2) DCA – PHL – MCO (Sat.)

Day 3) MCO – CLT (Sun.)

Example 1: A Flight Attendant calls in sick for Day 1 of Trip “A”. The Flight Attendant would like to pick up the trip from PHX to SEA on Day 2. Crew Scheduling denies the request to pick up the trip. At the time of the sick call, the Flight Attendant may call in well for Day 2 and Day 3 of the trip. The Flight Attendant’s sick bank will be charged for PHX – PHL and PHL – PHX. The Flight Attendant has the option to pick up a trip on ISAP or ISAP/AIL for Day 2 and Day 3.

The 2013 RedBook Contract states: “A Lineholder who has called in sick for a trip may call Crew Scheduling to inform the Company that she/he is able to fly on remaining day(s) of the trip for which she/he had called in sick. A Lineholder who has called in well to Crew Scheduling, may pick up a trip on ISAP or ISAP/AIL on days other than the first day of the trip she/he called in sick except that when a pairing for which a Lineholder called in sick includes a weekend or holiday (including the day before or the day after a holiday) in which case the Lineholder may only pick up a trip on a weekend or holiday. Holidays include New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Lineholder will be charged sick leave for any portion of the trip coded as sick.”

Example 2: A Lineholder Flight Attendant calls in sick for Day 1 of Trip “A”. At the time of the sick call, the Flight Attendant chooses not to pick up the PHX – SEA portion and/or Scheduling doesn’t extend this option for Day 2. Instead, the Flight Attendant calls in well for Days 2 and 3. The Flight Attendant has the option to pick up a trip on ISAP or ISAP/AIL on Days 2 and 3.

Example 3: A Lineholder Flight Attendant calls in sick for Day 1 of Trip “B”. At the time of the sick call, the Flight Attendant chooses not to pick up the PHL – ATL portion and/or Scheduling doesn’t extend this option for Day 2. On a subsequent call, the Flight Attendant calls in well for Days 2 and 3. The Flight Attendant does not have the option to pick up a trip on ISAP or ISAP/AIL on Days 2 and 3. APFA’s interpretation is that the first day of the trip was on a Sunday, in which case the Lineholder may only pick up a trip beginning on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday) on ISAP or ISAP/AIL, excluding sick calls covered by FMLA.  APFA and the Company are currently in discussions regarding the intent of the Contract language and FMLA regulations when calling out sick in conjunction with FMLA.

Example 4: A Lineholder Flight Attendant calls in sick for Day 1 of Trip “C”. When calling out sick, the Flight Attendant is unable to pick up the remainder of the trip, since it does not pass through domicile. The Flight Attendant calls in well for Days 2 and 3. The Flight Attendant now has the option to pick up a trip on ISAP or ISAP/AIL on Days 2 and 3, if she/he chooses to do so.
 

The 2013 RedBook Contract states: “A Lineholder who does not contact Crew Scheduling to call in well or is not permitted to rejoin her/his trip or is restricted in accordance with the weekend/holiday restriction provisions of D.1.c., above, to fly on days for which she/he reported sick will be restricted from flying over the period of time she/he reports sick.” Sick leave claims will be automatically deducted from the Flight Attendant’s sick leave bank. 

Example 5: A Lineholder Flight Attendant calls in sick for Trip “B”. At the time of calling out sick, the Flight Attendant calls out sick for Day 1 and would like to rejoin the trip on day 2, but Scheduling denies the request. Next, the Flight Attendant did not call in well for Day 2 and Day 3. Therefore, the Flight Attendant will be charged from their sick bank for all 3 days of the trip.
 


Company Absence Policy
The following Company Absence Policy currently remains in effect:

  • Sick occurrences – Sick occurrences greater than four (4) occurrences in an active twelve month period is considered excessive. One sick occurrence is a sick day or a series of sick days incurred prior to returning to flying status, Company business or APFA business. A Medical Leave of Absence (including Short Term Disability) which is not an approved FMLA leave (paid or unpaid), regardless of its duration, is considered one occurrence.
     
NOTE: A Flight Attendant who is unable to report to work for twenty-one (21) calendar days following the origination of a sick call will be required to notify his/her supervisor of such. Sick occurrences lasting twenty-one (21) or more calendar days will require medical documentation to support the flight attendant’s need for a leave of absence. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the time being designated as an unauthorized leave and may result in discipline up to and including termination.

Leslie Mayo
APFA National Communications Chair

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