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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

11.20.18 – Calling in Sick

 

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

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Calling in Sick

What you need to know about Sick (JCBA Section 9):

  • All sick calls will have a start and end date. Whenever you call in sick, Crew Schedule will close your absences based on the end date provided. Crew Schedule will no longer ask you for a “planned clear date” and will instead remove you on a trip-by-trip basis. If you need to extend your absence beyond what was originally requested, you will need to call Crew Schedule again.
  • Within the month, days between 2 or more consecutive unpaid sick absences will be considered unavailable if there is no paid activity between the absences. Those days are considered unavailable to the company and will not be considered as available days for sick accrual. FOS will “bridge” or “link” between all unpaid sick absences within the month.
  • If sick for more than 21 days, you may be required to provide a doctor’s note.
  • You must be available 15 days or more in a contractual month to be eligible to accrue Sick. The sick accrual rate is 4.5 hours per month. If in a PBS base and available for less than 15 days, yet you are still paid 40 hours, please contact your FSM to accrue sick and vacation within 60 days of returning.
  • If in a non-PBS base, you must meet or exceed the annual or prorated personal threshold (i.e., annual – 420 hours to accrue Sick/Vacation).

Lineholders:

PBS Bases:

  • If you call in sick on a sequence, your sick bank will be charged with trips missed (value of sequence).
  • At the time of your initial sick call and with crew schedule’s consent, you may request to rejoin the sequence at a later date if it passes back through your base. If unable to rejoin the trip, you will be restricted from flying over the footprint of your trip.
  • You will be able to pick up a trip that reports immediately after the scheduled release time of the original trip.

Non-PBS Bases:

  • If you call in sick on a sequence, your sick bank will be charged with trips missed (value of sequence), and you will be restricted from flying over the footprint of your trip.
  • You will be able to pick up a trip that reports immediately after the scheduled release time of the original trip. (Paper legalities)

Reserves:

All Bases:

  • You may call in for one reserve day at a time, a block of reserve days, or multiple blocks of reserve days.
  • Carryover sick value from your lineholder month into your reserve month will be pay and credit (if paid sick) and will count towards your RSV guarantee and RSVCOT (calling out of time).

PBS Bases:

  • If you have been awarded/assigned a sequence (via ROTA, ROTD) and subsequently call in sick, your sick bank will be charged the value of the sequence or the daily rate, whichever is greater, and you are restricted from flying over the calendar days of that trip.
  • If you picked up a trip from ETB and called in sick, you will be treated as a lineholder and you will be considered available after the footprint of the trip.
  • If you have not been awarded/assigned a sequence and call in sick, your sick bank will be charged the value of a reserve day:
    • 4:10 for a 30-day month
    • 3:56 for a 31-day month
  • If you do not have the necessary sick bank to cover the sick time, the hours will be unpaid and will reduce your guarantee by the daily rate for each calendar day of the trip. If you do not have the necessary sick bank to cover the hours, and would not have been utilized, your guarantee will not be reduced.
  • If you call in sick after a RAP or sequence ends, your sick call will begin the next day.

Non-PBS Bases:

  • If you have been awarded/assigned a sequence (via ROTA, ROTD) and subsequently call in sick, your sick bank will be charged the value of the sequence.
  • You may submit a direct connect to Crew Comp to change to the daily rate instead of the trip value.
  • If you picked up a trip from ETB and called in sick, you will be treated as a lineholder and you will be considered available after the footprint of the trip.
  • If you have not been awarded/assigned a sequence and call in sick, your sick bank will be charged the value of a reserve day:
  • 4:10 for a 30-day month
  • 3:56 for a 31-day month
  • If you do not have the necessary sick bank to cover the sick time, the hours will be unpaid and will reduce your guarantee by the daily rate for each calendar day of the trip.
  • If you call in sick after a RAP or sequence ends, your sick call will begin the next day.

 

Calling in Well (PBS Bases Only):

 

Lineholder (JCBA section 9.D.1.c.):

  • A Lineholder who has called in sick for a trip may call Crew Schedule 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. With Crew Schedule’s consent, a Lineholder who has called in well to Crew Schedule, may pick up a trip on TTS on days other than the first day of the trip she/he called in sick, except that when a sequence 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.

Reserve (JCBA section 9.D.2.d.) :

  • The Reserve will be restricted from flying over the period of time she/he reports sick regardless of available sick bank. A Reserve, at her/his option, may call in sick for each day of a block of reserve availability or for multiple days of a block of reserve availability. A Reserve who has called in sick for a trip may call Crew Schedule 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. With Crew Schedule’s consent, the Reserve may return to reserve availability status.

 – Erik Harris, APFA National Contract Chair, contract@apfa.org

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