Friday, July 2, 2021
Rescheduling Issues Part I: Rescheduling After Report, but Prior to Sequence Origination
APFA Contract and Scheduling Representatives continue to receive reports of reschedules, and over the past few weeks, Crew Tracking has been knowingly violating our rescheduling language. To ensure that Crew Tracking is rescheduling correctly, we have shared some examples of recent incorrect reschedules below. Please contact an APFA Representative immediately if you feel you have been incorrectly rescheduled. APFA Representatives will contact Crew Tracking to ensure they are adhering to our contractual language.
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. During this period in which you can be rescheduled, you must remain contactable and able to report to the departure gate of the rescheduled flight.
Example #1: I reported for my sequence, and everything was operating as scheduled. A flight on a different sequence at my base was delayed due to crew availability. There were reserves available, but my crew was rescheduled to operate the delayed flight. Was this legal?
You did not experience a disruption to your sequence, so you should not have been rescheduled when Reserve Flight Attendants were available. Per JCBA Section 10.J.1.c, Flight Attendants should be permitted to operate the sequences that they were awarded and should not be removed unless all options have been utilized to prevent a delay or cancellation. Available Reserve Flight Attendants should have been rescheduled to this delayed flight.
Additionally, per JCBA Section 10.J.7., 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.
Example #2: I report for my sequence, and it is operating as scheduled. An hour before departure, the HNL flight is missing a Flight Attendant and there are no standbys, so the most junior Flight Attendant on my crew is rescheduled to that flight. I am the most senior person on my crew and want this trip. Was this reschedule done correctly?
No. If this happens, Call Crew Tracking and tell them you are the most senior person on the crew and would like this reschedule. The opportunity to be rescheduled should be offered in seniority order first, and then assigned in inverse seniority order (JCBA 10.J.3.b).
Contact APFA for Assistance
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