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12.12.22 – AA Management Violates Jury Duty Contract Language

Monday, December 12, 2022

AA Management Violates Jury Duty Contract Language

Last week the company posted an updated Flight Attendant Jury Duty Guide and introduced a new Comply365 form for submitting a Jury Duty summons. In the guide, the company communicates a process for handling summonses that is in violation of contractual language and withholds compensation from Flight Attendants as specified in JCBA 3.G.

APFA objects to these violations, yet the company continues to refuse to pay Flight Attendants for their jury service per the contract.

At issue are summonses submitted after PBS is final.

For a summons submitted after bids are final, the company currently applies Jury Duty pay for conflicts with PBS-awarded sequences. This violates JCBA 3.G.2 which states Jury Duty pay applies for conflicts with scheduled sequences. You are contractually entitled to Jury Duty pay for days that conflict with any scheduled sequence, regardless of how you were awarded the trip (e.g., ETB, TTS, PBS).

The company is twisting the JCBA language to suit their interests: not paying you what you are contractually owed.

You be the judge

Let’s take a look at the contract language versus what the company’s Jury Duty Guide says.

JCBA 3.G.2:


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What do I do if the company is not paying me for Jury Duty?

If the company denies you Jury Duty pay because your jury service conflicts with a trip you picked up or traded via TTS or ETB, please reach out to your base representatives immediately to file a Notice of Dispute (NOD).

Jury Duty Basics

  • If you submit your summons in time for it to be included in PBS processing (submit by the 14th at noon CT), the Jury Duty removal will be included in your PBS award as a pre-planned absence. You will receive 4.15 a day (pay and credit) for the day(s) you are required to call in, the day(s) you are required to appear, and the following day.
  •  If you submit your summons while PBS is processing but before PBS is final at noon CT on the 20th, the Jury Duty removal will be placed on your schedule once awards are final. You will receive 4.15 a day (pay and credit) for the day(s) you are required to call in, the day(s) you are required to appear, and the following day.
  • If you submit your summons after PBS is final on the 20th at noon CT, pay applies to Jury Duty days that conflict with a scheduled sequence. You will receive 4.15 (pay and credit) for the days of your jury service (call in, appear, and following day) that conflict with a scheduled sequence, reserve days or training.

Jury Duty Example

You receive a summons requiring you to appear on January 11th. Your summons also requires you to call in the day before, January 10th.

Scenario 1:

You submit the summons before PBS is final for January. Jury Duty pay will apply to January 10th (call in), January 11th (appear), and January 12th (following day), for a total of 12.45 hours (pay and credit).

Scenario 2:

You submit the summons after PBS is final for January. You have days off on January 10th and 11th, and have a sequence scheduled to originate on January 12th. Jury Duty pay of 4.15 hours (pay and credit) will apply to January 12th as it is the only day of your service that conflicts with a scheduled sequence.

How soon should I submit my Jury Duty summons?

Best practice is to submit your Jury Duty summons as soon as possible after you receive it. To ensure you are paid for all the days associated with your jury service, it is recommended you submit your summons prior to the deadline for PBS processing.

If you receive your summons after PBS is final and are not eligible to receive pay for every day associated with your jury service, you may check with the court to see if you are able to postpone Jury Duty. Postponing may give you the opportunity to submit your summons prior to PBS processing for the month in which you have postponed your Jury Duty.

What if I am released early from Jury Duty?

If you are released early from Jury Duty and still have a paid removal for day(s) you are no longer required to appear, you are not obligated to inform the company of your early release.


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Phone: (817) 540-0108

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