Thursday, December 3, 2020
Displacement/Priority Return: JCBA Section 22.H.4.
Today, the APFA Executive Committee convened a Special Executive Committee Teleconference to discuss and approve a Letter of Agreement (LOA), which modifies the contractual language in JCBA Section 22.H.4.
With the current JCBA language, if a Flight Attendant is displaced from a base for any reason, the priority return to that former base is canceled if they subsequently transfer out of their new base. This modification allows a Flight Attendant to participate in unlimited transfers while maintaining a priority of return to the base from which they were displaced.
Modification of JCBA Section 22.H. is as follows:
I am displaced from PHX. I file my request to exercise a priority right of return to PHX within 30 days of my displacement, and I transfer to DFW. A few months later, I transfer to SFO. This LOA allows me to maintain my priority of return to PHX, regardless of my transfer activity, until I am offered a transfer back to PHX.
Due to the closing of the RDU crew base, I file my request to exercise a priority right of return to RDU within 30 days of my displacement, and I am now based in CLT. A few months later, I transfer to BOS.
A few years later, American decides to re-open the RDU crew base. This LOA allows me to maintain my priority right of return to the RDU base, even though I have participated in multiple transfers.
APFA National President
Please remember, we have 7,985 involuntarily furloughed Flight Attendants at American Airlines.