Thursday, May 5, 2022
APFA ORD Base Brief
The June Staffing and Allocation calls were held this week. When you see the line average and reserve numbers, you can guess how the discussion on those calls went. We firmly believe the company data supporting those numbers is flawed and stated such. Buckle up, it is going to be a busy summer in Chicago and across the system.
The systemwide reserve percentage is 23.6%. ORD reserve is slightly lower: 490 reserves at 22.8%. We believe this reserve number is far higher than necessary, and the company continues to cite the high absenteeism as their rationale.
The expected line average at PBS open is 84.6. This number is consistent with the systemwide average for PBS opening. This number is much higher than we would prefer, as there will probably be a minimum threshold imposed in PBS.
JCBA Section 10.D.13.d. allows the Company to “flex” and increase the PBS constraints. For June, the PBS line constraints will flex by 2 hours. This means PBS will construct lines between 72-92 hours for the month of June. The more people who specify their desired hours via the Target Credit Range (TCR) in PBS, the more wiggle room the system might have to balance these hours among the base.
The Flex will not affect Reserve Flight Attendants. The Reserve Calling Out of Time (RSVCOT) will remain at 85.01. The Reserve monthly max will remain 90 hours.
For more information regarding a flex month, please read the recent hotline APFA sent out: June 2022 Reserve Percentages and Line Averages
The June flying is consistent with the sequences we have seen over the last few months. The layover times continue to be built with a minimum of 11 hours, in an effort to prepare for the implementation of the FAA 10-hour minimum rest. This change has a direct impact on sequence length as we continue to see a big spike in 3 day sequences.
We continue to ask for an increase in turns, but stressed the 4-leg turns are not what we are looking for.
The number of 4-days remains consistent and our request is to build them commutable on both ends. Sit times continue to be a point of contention at every base. The number of trips with sit-times exceeding 3 hours has decreased slightly.
The number of ODANs has increased substantially for the month of June. We will monitor how these are being flown. June has 17.9 starts per day vs May with 6.9 starts per day.
The June bid month ends on July 1st. Be mindful when bidding towards the end of the month, as this could have an impact on your bid for the July 4th holiday weekend.
PBS Preliminary Manning Plan
Please be kind to one another! Stay safe.
APFA ORD Base President
APFA ORD Base Vice President
APFA ORD Base Council Representative