Wednesday, September 9, 2020
October Staffing and Allocations
Last week, the Base Presidents were invited to participate in a “quality of life” discussion with the Company regarding sequence construction for October.
The Company laid out a comprehensive plan to cut costs by allowing the optimizer to increase productivity. This includes relaxing properties that avoid sit time, increase layover rest, restrict the number of legs per duty, and avoid four-day trips. Simply put, the Company’s plan for October is to prioritize productivity over safety and “quality of work life.”
The entire Board of Directors (Base Presidents) collectively voiced a strong objection to the proposed changes. We pointed out that subjecting Flight Attendants to this unreasonable workload would only serve to increase the sick list, cause fatigue, create a hardship for commuters, and destroy our quality of work life. Despite our input and suggestions, the Company is committed to set the optimizer to squeeze every ounce of productivity it can achieve at the expense of compromising the health and well-being of its frontline employees.
For October, you can expect to see fewer two-day trips and a larger percentage of four-day trips, longer duty days, increased sit time, more legs, reduced layover rest, and a 50% reduction in pay and credit.
The trip distributions are as follows:
The optimizer weighs hotel cost, per diem, and pay and credit when attempting to find the best flown solution. When no penalties are placed on 4-day trips, the optimizer gives preference to multi-day trips because there are more days to eliminate pay and credit and increase productivity.
The Company has informed me that they expect to finalize the reductions for the Latin America bases next week. When I receive those numbers, I will post them.
For those bidding onto Reserve in October who have more than three days of vacation, that will not count toward satisfying your Reserve rotation.
I can assure you that the entire leadership of APFA is committed to improving the allocations for November. Our members deserve better in the face of this pandemic!
Here are the preliminary staffing numbers for October 2020 compared to those for October 2019:
This represents a decrease year over year of 56.2% as compared to a 61.6% decrease system-wide. Reserve numbers decreased 3% year-over-year. The staffing numbers year-over-year illustrate the dramatic pull down of flying due to the impact of the pandemic.
APFA MIA Base President
APFA MIA Full-Time Base Council Representative