Wednesday, October 30, 2019
In this special edition of APFA’s Weekly Scoop, we are referencing JCBA Contractual sections that relate specifically to each department within APFA. It is important to be familiar with our Contract. The JCBA is available at APFA.org, on your FA Tablet, and spiral bound copies are available at the Crew Service Center in your respective base.
SECTION 3 – COMPENSATIONL. ATC HOLD/ACTUAL “OUT” TIME (CODE 59)
2. Actual “Out” Time (Code 59)
In the following delay situations, flight time pay and credit for affected Flight Attendants will begin prior to the actual out time based on the time established by the Captain as provided herein, and the affected Flight Attendants will receive the greater of the scheduled block-to- block time or the delay time plus actual block time. In addition, such delay time will not be included in the block hour calculations as provided in Hours of Service, Section 11, nor will flight time pay and credit as defined below, run concurrently with any holding time or ground time compensations as provided in Paragraph D.
a. In the event of a delay at the gate awaiting pushback, powerback or taxi out due to airport congestion caused by other aircraft or vehicular traffic, flight time pay and credit will begin at the time the aircraft was ready for immediate departure in all respects except for clearance from ramp or ground control, as determined by the Captain.
b. In the event of a delay at the gate caused by the de-icing of the aircraft performed at the gate, flight time pay and credit will begin at the time the aircraft was ready for immediate departure in all respects except for clearance from ramp or ground control, as determined by the Captain.
c. In the event maintenance is performed on the aircraft after departure from the gate but prior to take-off, and thereafter take-off is performed without returning to the gate, flight time pay and credit will begin from the original time of departure from the gate, including the time spent while having maintenance performed. In addition, in the event the aircraft taxis or is towed from the gate to have maintenance performed and thereafter performs a take-off without returning to a gate, flight time pay and credit will begin from the original time of taxi or tow from the gate, including the time spent while having maintenance performed.
d. In the event of a delay at the gate awaiting pushback, powerback or taxi out due to congestion with deicing operations off the gate, flight time pay and credit will begin at the time the aircraft was ready for immediate departure in all respects except for clearance from ramp or ground control, as determined by the Captain.
—————————————————Should an ATC delay take place at the gate, the Captain will establish a Ready for Departure (RFD) time when the aircraft and crew would have been ready for departure. The key to this is that the “crew must have been ready for departure.” If the aircraft and full flight crew is ready at the scheduled departure time and ATC assigns a delay, the Captain may establish an RFD time based on the originally scheduled departure time.
SECTION 33 – APFA Employee Assistance Program
E. PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS
- If the Company becomes aware of an interpersonal relationship conflict between Flight Attendants or between a Flight Attendant and a member of another employee group, the Company may elect to refer the dispute the APFA EAP Professional Standards Committee (“EAP/PS”).
- When a dispute is referred to the EAP/PS, the EAP/PS shall have up to thirty (30) calendar days to resolve the dispute. The Company and the EAP/PS may mutually agree in writing to extend this time. During the designated period, the Company shall refrain from taking any action it may have commenced or contemplated taking, unless further information becomes known that would alter the facts as understood by the Company at the time it agreed to the referral.
- At or before the end of the designated period, the EAP/PS shall make a written report to the Base Manager, or, if the crew base has no Base Manager, to the Managing Director of Base Operations or her/his designee stating only that “the problem is resolved” or that “the EAP/PS is unable to resolve the matter and cannot be of further assistance.”
- If the EAP/PS reports that it is unable to resolve the matter or does not supply a written report to the Base Manager, or, if the crew base has no Base Manager, to the Managing Director of Base Operations or her/his designee, at or before the end of the designated period, then the dispute reverts back to the Company for resolution. In cases where the Company elects to commence or continue disciplinary proceedings, the delay caused by the EAP/PS’s involvement shall not be raised by the Union as a defense nor will the Company assert any failure of the EAP/PS to arrive at a successful resolution as supporting the Company’s position. The Company shall not require any EAP/PS member to provide information regarding what transpired during the EAP/PS proceeding.
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SECTION 36 – Voluntary Contributions: APFA PAC (Political Action Committee)
A. APFA PAC CONTRIBUTIONS
1. The Company shall provide a means for payroll deductions for any Flight Attendant who
completes an APFA PAC Wage Deduction Authorization Card, as provided in Paragraph A.4.
a. The Company shall deduct a monthly contribution to APFA PAC from the pay of each
Flight Attendant who voluntarily authorizes such contributions on a form provided for that
purpose by the Union. “(36.A.1. & 36.A.4.a.)”
This week’s Lobby Day in Washington, D.C. brought 45 APFA members to Capitol Hil. Issues such as cabin air quality, seat size, and minimum rest were discussed with lawmakers. The Lobby Day is made possible by the APFA PAC. Please sign up today!
SECTION 26 – INSURANCE, RETIREMENT, AND OTHER BENEFITSA. LIFE INSURANCE
For an employee whose base monthly salary is one thousand five hundred dollars ($1,500) or over, her/his basic coverage shall be two (2) times her/his base annual salary taken to the next higher multiple of one hundred dollars ($100), but not more than seventy thousand dollars ($70,000).
During this enrollment period, which closes on Friday, November 1st, you can increase your Voluntary Life Insurance coverage by one level, up to the lesser of three times your annual salary or $500,000, with certain limitations, with no statement of health (SOH).
SECTION 6 – CREW ACCOMMODATIONSE. FLIGHT ATTENDANT CREW LOUNGES
- The Company shall provide a crew lounge at each crew base.
- The crew lounge at each crew base shall be clean, properly lighted, properly heated and air conditioned, well ventilated, and contain chairs, tables, computers, and telephones.
- The Company will consult with the Union Hotel Committee when establishing a new Flight Attendant lounge or making a major change to an existing Flight Attendant lounge.
Recently, crew lounge renovations have taken place in the CLT, LAX and PHL crew bases. Improvements to more crew lounges are being discussed based on the above Contractual language.
SECTION 27 – INJURY ON DUTY (IOD)
F. If a Workers’ Compensation claim is denied, the Flight Attendant may appeal such claim through normal state channels. While the claim is in the appeal period, the Flight Attendant will be paid sick hours if she/he has sick hours in her/his bank and at the Flight Attendant’s option scheduled vacation. If a Flight Attendant is claiming sick leave and has scheduled vacation, she/he must notify the Company if she/he wishes to cancel the scheduled vacation. If the decision is reversed and the claim is approved, the amount of sick leave and vacation time claimed, and sick leave and vacation that would have been accrued but for the original denial of the claim during the appeal period will be returned to the Flight Attendant’s sick leave and vacation banks. The amount of sick leave and vacation time reinstated will be limited to the amount of salary continuance the Flight Attendant would have been eligible for pursuant to Paragraph D.5. Taxes will be adjusted in accordance with the law. However, if the Flight Attendant has no sick leave or vacation time and the decision is reversed and the claim approved, then salary continuance along with related benefits will be paid retroactively.
K. DAILY SCHEDULING AWARD AND ASSIGNMENTe. Groupings of Reserves on RSV days shall be ordered as follows:
i. RAP award;
ii. Least to most number of previous daily assignments as specified in Paragraph K.5;
iii. Then inverse seniority.
f. If a sequence is legal for more than one (1) RAP, Crew Schedule shall assign the
sequence as follows:
i. A Reserve in the earlier RAP according to K.2.b-e;
ii. A Reserve on a later RAP provided according to K.2.b-e;
iii. A Reserve in the earlier RAP according to K.2.f-g;
iv. A Reserve in the later RAP according to K.2.f-g;
v. A Reserve on the earlier RAP according to K.2.h-j;
vi. A Reserve on the later RAP according to K.2.h.-j;
All of the steps above happen before assigning a Reserve into a Flex Day (FD).
D. RETIREE HEALTH CARE
4. Upon retirement, pursuant to Company policy, a Flight Attendant will be paid eight dollars and sixty-five cents ($8.65) for each hour of accrued sick leave in her/his sick bank.
SECTION 34 – SAFETY AND SECURITY DEPARTMENT (SSD)
O. The Company shall make earplugs available at no cost to Flight Attendants, which are the same quality as provided for mechanics and fleet service. Flight Attendants shall not wear earplugs in the presence of passengers. The Company shall post information regarding hearing conservation.
SECTION 10 – SCHEDULING
F. POST TTS DAILY PROCESSING
4. Processing Rules
a. If a Lineholder is on another trip at the time the sequence opens, the Lineholder will not be passed over and such sequence will be awarded. Once the sequence is awarded, the Flight Attendant is responsible for such sequence and no confirmation is needed.
Note: Up until yesterday, October 29th, if you did not waive being called, were currently flying a sequence, or were on legal rest, Crew Scheduling would not award your request, unless positive contact had been made. The legal rest provision was not contractual. APFA had been requesting a change to remove the legal rest provision for over a year. We are pleased to announce that in last night’s TTS update, the legal rest provision was removed.
Beginning today, the only time Crew Scheduling does not have to make positive contact when awarding your UBL request in the manual run is under the following provisions:
- You have waived positive contact by not checking the call option at the top of the ballot
- You are flying a sequence
Please continue to utilize the Uniform Reaction Report Form on the APFA website if you experience a suspected reaction to your uniform.