Saturday, October 30, 2021
Illegal Reserve Assignments and Your RSVCOT
We are in the last two days of the month and are currently seeing an alarming number of illegal Reserve assignments and reschedules. The language in JCBA Section 12.L. states that as a Reserve Flight Attendant you will not be required to accept an assignment that would take you over your monthly maximum. For the month of October, the monthly maximum is 90.00 hours in all bases. Pay close attention to your RSVCOT (Reserve Calling Out of Time) which appears just below your phone number on your HI1. The Company cannot force you to accept an assignment that pushes your RSVCOT above 90.00 hours.
As a reminder, once your RSVCOT shows 85.01 or more, you can call crew scheduling to call out of time once you sign in for the trip that projected you over 85.01.
It is infuriating to listen to the recorded calls when Flight Attendants are justly challenging Crew Scheduling/Tracking on illegal assignments. We repeatedly hear schedulers/trackers making assertions that are blatant violations of our Contract. These misstatements are difficult to stomach. Their disrespectful tone and manner, all while lobbing the threat of missed trips, must stop. We are making that clear in discussions with Management at all levels.
The fact that there is inadequate staffing to cover the operation as it is currently structured is not the fault of Flight Attendants. Your APFA leadership at the national and local level stand in solidarity with you and are willing to intervene in situations where your Contract is being violated. The Contract & Scheduling Desk at APFA Headquarters is staffed seven days a week to assist either by phone during the week or Live Chat at night and on weekends and holidays. Please reach out if you need assistance.
APFA Contract & Scheduling Desk
Call or text 817-540-0108
Monday – Friday, 0700 – 1900 (CDT)
APFA Live Messaging
Monday – Friday: 1500 – 2300 (CDT)
Weekends and Holidays: 0900 – 1700 (CDT)
(Link may be found on homepage of APFA.org)
APFA National Contract Chair
APFA National Scheduling Chair
APFA JCBA Specialist