Representing the Flight Attendants
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Representing the Flight Attendants of American Airlines

6.09.21 – Rescheduling Reminders- June 9, 2021

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

  • Rescheduling Reminders
  • Return to Crew Base
  • More Than a Three (3) Hour Delay after Report at Origination
  • Delayed Flights until the Next Day (formerly known as Deferred Flights)
  • Domestic Duty Limitations in Actual Operations
  • When Do I Go Illegal?
  • Voluntary Extension of Duty Day (VE)
  • Important Reminders

 

Rescheduling Reminders

Over the last few days, severe storm activity has greatly impacted much of our system, with large disruptions at our Charlotte and Dallas/Ft. Worth hubs. As a result, we have seen many crews being rescheduled. The JCBA Rescheduling language is broken down into the following sections:

  • Prior to Report
  • Rescheduling After Report, but Prior to Sequence Origination
  • Rescheduling After Origination (Departure of First Flight)

 

If you are being rescheduled, please locate the section below that pertains to your situation.

JCBA Section 10.J.2.b: Rescheduling Up to Three (3) Days Prior to Report

Example: You are scheduled to overnight on Saturday afternoon in JFK. On Wednesday morning, Crew Scheduling notifies you that the airport is closed in JFK due to a snowstorm, and you have been rescheduled to overnight in MCO.If the changed sequence results in different city pairs, layover cities, or causes the sequence to operate on additional days, you have the option to refuse the rescheduled assignment. You will not be pay protected should you decline the trip.

If you accept the rescheduled sequence, you will be pay protected for the greater of the original sequence or the rescheduled sequence.

In no case will you be required to report for a sequence earlier than the originally scheduled sequence. If you decline an earlier report time for the sequence, you will receive crew substitution pay for the entire sequence.

JCBA Section 10.J.2.c: Rescheduling Within Three (3) Days Prior to Report

Example: You are a LGA-based Flight Attendant who is scheduled to fly to MIA on Friday afternoon. On Wednesday morning, Crew Scheduling notifies you that the airport is closed in MIA due to a hurricane, and you have been rescheduled to operate a flight to ORD.If the changed sequence results in different city pairs, layover cities, or causes the sequence to operate on additional days, Crew Scheduling will notify you and, with their approval, you will not be required to accept the trip. You will not be pay protected should you choose to decline the trip.

If you accept the rescheduled sequence, you will be pay protected for the greater of the original sequence or the rescheduled sequence.

In no case will you be required to report for a sequence earlier than the originally scheduled sequence. If you decline an earlier report time for the new sequence, you will receive crew substitution pay for the entire sequence. Crew Scheduling’s consent is not required to decline a sequence with an earlier report.

JCBA Section 10.J.3: Rescheduling After Report, but Prior to Sequence Origination

JCBA 10.J.3, which applies to a rescheduling after report but prior to the origination of your first flight, states that once you report for a sequence and the sequence has canceled, or portions of the sequence have canceled, you may be rescheduled. Crew scheduling must advise you of your new flying responsibilities within four (4) hours of your report time or three (3) hours of the known disruption, whichever is later.

Example: You report for your sequence. A flight on a different sequence at your base is currently delayed due to crew availability. Since there are no Reserve Flight Attendants available to replace the delayed crew without causing a further delay, you are rescheduled to operate the delayed flight.Once you report for a sequence, the Company may reschedule you or substitute another crew on a part of the sequence to prevent a delay or cancellation.

The Company will make every effort to reschedule you with your original crew together. However, in certain situations, the Company can split you from your crew in order to maintain the flight schedule. The opportunity to be rescheduled shall be offered to the Flight Attendants in seniority order. If insufficient Flight Attendants volunteer to be rescheduled, assignments will be made in inverse seniority order.

If you were to report for a sequence and that sequence is then canceled in its entirety, each one of the crew may be rescheduled in the event that such rescheduling is required to prevent a delay or cancellation. The opportunity to be rescheduled shall be offered to the crew in seniority order. If not enough Flight Attendants volunteer to be rescheduled, they will be assigned in inverse seniority order.

In no event will any of the crew be rescheduled beyond their originally scheduled return time unless the Company has unsuccessfully made every effort to provide Reserve coverage to continue the sequence from that point without causing a delay or cancellation.

JCBA Section 10.J.4: Rescheduling After Origination (Departure of First Flight)

JCBA 10.J.4, which applies to a rescheduling after origination (departure of first flight), states that you will be advised of your remaining duty assignment for that day and for the balance of the sequence within three (3) hours after the disruption is known.

Example: The last duty period of my sequence is AUS-DFW-MSY-DFW. When I arrive in DFW, I see that the MSY turn on the end of my sequence is canceled. I contact crew tracking, and they inform me that they are in the process of rescheduling crews due to the weather, and they will reach out as soon as possible. Since I am based in DFW, can I just go home?

Once you have originated a sequence, the Company may reschedule you to or substitute you on a part of a sequence to prevent a delay or cancellation. You must be advised of your remaining duty assignment via positive contact for that day and for the remainder of the sequence within three (3) hours after the disruption is known. If you are not assigned replacement flying within the three (3) hours, you shall be released for that duty day. (If you are mid-sequence and released into rest, either in base or on a layover, you must be available for the continuation of the rescheduled sequence. Crew scheduling/tracking must advise you of your remaining obligation within 3 hours of the disruption.)


Return to Crew Base 

JCBA Section 10.J.7 states that at the time of rescheduling, the Company shall make every effort to schedule such Flight Attendant crew to arrive back in their crew base no later than the time she/he was originally scheduled to return. In no event will the Flight Attendant(s) be rescheduled beyond her/his originally scheduled return time unless the Company has unsuccessfully made every effort to provide Reserve coverage to continue the sequence from that point without causing a delay or cancellation.

Example: You are originally scheduled to end your sequence at 1700. The day before the trip ends, you are rescheduled due to a weather delay. Crew Scheduling has you rescheduled to return to base on your last day at 1500.

At the time of rescheduling, the Company shall make every effort to schedule you to arrive back at your crew base no later than the time you were originally scheduled to return. You can never be rescheduled beyond your originally scheduled return time unless the Company has unsuccessfully made every effort to provide Reserve coverage to continue the sequence from that point without causing a delay or cancellation.


More Than a Three (3) Hour Delay after Report at Origination

JCBA Section 10.J.8 states that when a flight departure is delayed for more than three (3) hours, the Flight Attendant who is scheduled for such flight shall not be required to stand by and shall be relieved of duty at her/his request, provided that other Flight Attendants are available to replace her/him without increasing the delay. A Flight Attendant desiring to be released shall remain on duty until the relief Flight Attendant reports for duty. A Flight Attendant exercising this option shall forfeit any pay and credit that may be accumulated under any other Paragraph in Section 10.

Example: The first flight of your sequence is to operate a flight from DFW to JFK. The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 1300. The flight is now scheduled to depart at 1601. Since the originating flight of the sequence is delayed for over three (3) hours, you decide that you no longer want to operate the sequence. You call Crew Scheduling and request to be released from your entire sequence. Since there are Reserve Flight Attendants available to work the delayed sequence, you are released.

When a flight departure is delayed for more than three (3) hours at the origination of a sequence, you can request to be removed from duty provided that other Flight Attendants are available to replace you without increasing the delay. You will remain on duty until the replacement reports for duty. You will forfeit all pay and credit for the sequence, but will receive pay for the time on duty, 1 for 2.


Delayed Flights until the Next Day (formerly known as Deferred Flights)

Deferred flights no longer exist. If your flight is delayed until the next day, in order for you to be scheduled to fly it, they will need to catch you up to your original trip, returning on the same date and time as your original trip (see JCBA Section 10.J.7). If this is possible, you will receive call out pay and a hotel for the first day of the trip, as well as the pay for the sequence. If Crew Scheduling cannot catch you up to your original trip and another Flight Attendant flies your original sequence, you are paid according to the crew substitution provisions.


Domestic Duty Limitations in Actual Operations

If you are rescheduled, please be aware of the domestic on-duty limitations in actual operations outlined below and in JCBA Section 11.F:


When Do I Go Illegal?

Need help calculating when you become illegal? Here is a worksheet to help you calculate your legalities, using the Operational On-Duty Max from the chart above (click on image to enlarge):


Voluntary Extension of Duty Day (VE)

The chart in JCBA 11.F (above) is used to calculate your operational on-duty maximum in the event you are encountering delays to your duty day. If you are pushing up against your maximum duty limitations, you have the option to agree to extend your duty day per JCBA 11.O. Please remember that crew tracking must offer VE, and you must accept the offer, in order to be paid. If crew tracking has not reached out to you, and you believe you will be exceeding your maximum duty day, you can initiate the conversation to ensure VE will be applied (if applicable). Without the conversation with crew tracking, VE will not be paid.It is understood that it is each individual Flight Attendant’s decision whether to waive the duty time limitations. The failure to agree to waive duty time limitations shall not affect any pay protections in the JCBA.


Important Reminders

Crew Scheduling may contact the Captain or the #1 Flight Attendant to notify of a reschedule, and will send a CCI message.

JCBA Section 10.V.5 outlines Flight Attendant responsibilities for communicating with crew scheduling, as well as who may reschedule a crew. If you are contacted by crew scheduling with a phone call or voice message, you will need to return the call.

  • A Flight Service Manager or other Flight Service Management member may also meet your flight to advise you of a reschedule or ask you to contact crew scheduling.
  • Gate agents or other Company personnel may advise you that crew scheduling is trying to reach you, but they may not give you rescheduled flying assignments.
  • A Mobile CCI message is not first-party contact but will alert you to changes to your schedule. All rescheduling information must come from the Captain via ACARS message or phone call, a Flight Service Manager or other Flight Service management, or a phone call or voicemail asking you to call crew scheduling or crew tracking.

 

In Solidarity,

Marti McMillan
APFA National Scheduling Chair

mmcmillan@apfa.org

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