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Rescheduling & Pay Protections

Rescheduling

What is a Reschedule?

The term “rescheduled” as used in Section 10 - Scheduling means any and all deviations from a Flight Attendant’s awarded sequence, as originally published, with the following exceptions:

  • Cancelled segments that occur at any time during the sequence without requiring the Flight Attendant to operate a different sequence.
  • Deadheading to position a crew because of a cancelled flight(s) to continue a series of flight(s) on the original sequence.
  • Diversions for fuel, weather or emergency if the Flight Attendant next proceeds to the originally released destination prior to the diversion or to the next destination on the original sequence.
  • Delays of scheduled departure/arrival times which do not result in operating to different city pairs than were contained in the original sequence.
  • Bypassing cancelled flight segments in the affected Flight Attendant’s sequence, provided that another flight has not been cancelled pursuant to Paragraph J.1.d.i, J.1.e.i which would be covered by the affected Flight Attendant. Δ (L-31)

Rescheduling for Lineholders

Rescheduling Prior To Report (JCBA Section 10.J.2.b-c)

Rescheduling Up to Three (3) Days Prior to Report

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.

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.

Rescheduling Within Three (3) Days Prior to Report

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.

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.

My Responsibilities, Crew Scheduling’s Obligations, & Pay Protections

Full Sequence Cancellations
If you have an XI-coded trip on your HI1 or a trip where all segments have canceled, you are not required to report to the airport. You may not be rescheduled to a different sequence.

Possible Removal Codes
XI - Full Sequence Cancellation is not a pay protected code.
LS - Last Sequence/Last Series is a pay protected code if the trip is the last sequence or part of the last series of sequences for your month.

If you are notified of an entire sequence cancellation within three (3) hours of your scheduled sign-in time, you are entitled to Call-Out Pay if you have left your residence. Contact crew scheduling if call-out pay has not been added to your HI1.

The First Leg(s) of Your Trip has Cancelled and Your Sequence has a Deadhead or Live Segments Remaining
If crew scheduling has not contacted you, you may either contact them or report as scheduled. You may be rescheduled to catch up to the rest of your trip or be rescheduled to prevent a delay or cancellation if there are insufficient reserves.

First Segment(s) Cancelled, No Notification From Crew Scheduling
While crew scheduling is required to attempt to notify you (a voice message satisfies the attempt), you may contact them regarding any changes to your sign-in time. If you are unable to get through to crew scheduling, you should report as scheduled. Your duty time will begin at your original sign-in time. If you see “Failed Continuity” at the top of your HI3, crew tracking is in the process of repairing your sequence.

  • Prior to Report – Sequence Changes up to 3 days prior to origination: Per JCBA 10.J.2.b., Crew Scheduling must contact you and you are not required to accept the sequence. If you choose to come off the sequence, you will forfeit any pay protection.
  • Prior to Report – Sequence Changes within 3 days prior to origination: Per JCBA 10.J.2.c., crew scheduling must contact you, and with their agreement, you may be removed. If removed from the sequence, you will forfeit the pay protection for the sequence.

Other Important Points
Flight Attendants should be allowed to fly the trips they have been awarded from PBS, TTS, UBL, etc. If you do not have a disruption to your sequence, scheduling should make every effort to catch you up to your original trip. (10.J.1.c)

Rescheduling After Report but Prior to Sequence Origination (Show No Go)

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.

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.

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).

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.

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).

More Than Three-Hour Delay At Origination

My Responsibilities, Crew Scheduling’s Obligations, & Pay Protections

After Report But Prior to Origination Sequence Changes (Prior To First Flight)
Per JCBA 10.J.3., if you are able to sign-in, but your trip subsequently has cancellations or another disruption, Crew Tracking will need to contact you within three (3) hours after the disruption is known or four (4) hours after report, whichever is later, to advise you of the balance of your flying. If you have not heard from Crew Tracking at the end of the applicable 3 or 4 hours, you may call them; however, you are released from your flying for the remainder of the sequence.

  • If you are unable to sign in, call crew tracking. Once you speak to a tracker, they will advise you of your flying or any reschedule at that time. They may reschedule you following the provisions in JCBA 10.J.3 to prevent a delay or cancellation if there are insufficient reserves. If the entire crew is not needed, the reschedule will be offered in seniority order, and assigned in inverse seniority order.
  • If you are unable to sign in, and can’t get through to crew tracking, the clock for rescheduling (4 hours past sign in or 3 hours past the disruption – whichever is later) starts at the scheduled report time.
  • After you sign in, if your entire sequence has cancelled, you should be notified of the cancellation by crew scheduling, but if you have not been contacted, the 3 hour/4 hour “clock” still applies as above.
  • If you are notified of an entire sequence cancellation, you are entitled to call out pay, or other pay protections may apply. Contact crew scheduling if call out pay has not been added to your HI1.

Pay Protections
You are pay protected for the original value of your original trip or the rescheduled trip, whichever is greater (minus any legs that are canceled and not flown by a substitute crew). If any leg from your original trip is flown by a substitute crew then you will pay protected for your sequence including any canceled legs.

If you need to see if a flight from your originally scheduled trip operated for crew substitution pay protection you can use CCI on your mobile device or CCI on the Inflight Website.

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. 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.

I am LAX based, and was scheduled to operate LAX-DFW, with a layover in DFW. Upon arrival into DFW, my crew was advised that a DFW-ELP-DFW turn was added to our sequence, reducing our layover in DFW, but still returning us to LAX within the footprint of our original sequence. Is this a legal reschedule? 

Reserve Flight Attendants should be utilized before rescheduling Flight Attendants on a sequence. Only if there is insufficient time to call out Reserve Flight Attendants on a RAP and there are no available Standbys should Flight Attendants who do not have a disruption to their sequence be rescheduled.

My Responsibilities, Crew Scheduling’s Obligations, & Pay Protections

After Origination Sequence Changes & Pay Protections
Per JCBA 10.J.4., you may be rescheduled to maintain scheduled operations. If you are rescheduled due to a disruption to your sequence after you depart on your first segment, crew tracking must make positive contact to advise you of any changes to your schedule. If you have cancellations or delays that cause you to misconnect within your sequence, crew tracking must advise you of the balance of your flying within three (3) hours of when the disruption is known. During this time, you must remain contactable.

  • If you are released to rest (even in your base) – call the Hotel/Limo Desk to arrange your hotel/transportation.
  • If you are mid-sequence and at home base and have additional duty periods scheduled, you are entitled to a hotel room for an in-base layover.
  • You are pay protected for the original value of your original trip or the rescheduled trip, whichever is greater (minus any legs that are canceled and not flown by a substitute crew).
  • If any leg from your original trip is flown by a substitute crew then you will pay protected for your sequence including any canceled legs.
  • If you need to see if a flight from your originally scheduled trip operated for crew substitution pay protection you can use CCI on your mobile device or CCI on the Inflight Website

Return to Crew Base: JCBA Section 10.J.7

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.

The company must make every effort to schedule you to arrive back in base at your originally scheduled arrival time if there are available reserves. Keep in mind, the Reserve call out list is not “real time” and there may be reserves showing available who have been or will be assigned in the next ROTD run. Following UBL, open sequences are sent to reserve processing. There may be 10 open trips sent to crew scheduling to be covered in the next ROTD run.

Example

I am based in BOS. I am originally scheduled to work to CLT, layover and fly CLT-BOS on the second day, arriving back in base at 1700. Crew Tracking advises me I will now be operating CLT-ORD, then deadheading to BOS, now arriving back in base at 2100. Is this a legal reschedule?

No. If you are being rescheduled (operating different city pairs, layover cities or operating on additional days), Crew Tracking must make every effort to schedule you to arrive back to crew base within the original footprint of your original sequence, including bringing in Reserve Flight Attendants from other bases (time permitting). Crew Tracking should staff the CLT-ORD flight with Reserve Flight Attendants and keep you on your original sequence.

Other Important Points

  • Lineholders are not to be treated as Reserves. (10.J.1)
  • Keep in mind, the Reserve Call Out Report list is not “real time” and there may be reserves showing available who have been or will be assigned in the next ROTD run. Following UBL, open sequences are sent to reserve processing. There may be 10 open trips sent to crew scheduling to be covered in the next ROTD run.
  • The Lead Flight Attendant will be responsible for communicating with crew scheduling. In no event shall a Flight Attendant accept a change in itinerary from anyone other than crew schedule, a Company designee, e.g., member of management, Crew Management or the Captain. Notwithstanding the above, a customer service agent may inform the Flight Attendant of the need to contact Crew Schedule for possible change of itinerary. (10.V.5)
  • If you pick up flying over a trip with cancellations, remember that if there is pay protection, pick up only from TTS or UBL. Picking up ETB on a calendar day with pay protection will cancel out the pay protection, even if there is legal rest between the conclusion of your sequence and the ETB sequence picked up.
  • During the three (3) hours from a disruption to your sequence, or four (4) hours from sign in, you must be contactable by crew scheduling/tracking.
  • If you need to see if a flight operates for crew substitution pay protection you can use CCI on your mobile device or CCI on the Inflight Website.

Rescheduling for Reserves

Rescheduling After Report but Prior to Sequence Origination

Rescheduling After Origination (Reserves): JCBA Section 10.J.5-6

If a Reserve has been removed from a sequence prior to report time consistent with Reserve Duty, Section 12.M, the pay protections specified therein shall apply. If the sequence cancels in its entirety, the Reserve may be assigned to a RAP pursuant to Section 12.

If a Reserve’s sequence cancels in its entirety and no RAP was originally assigned and no sequence exists for assignment, the Reserve shall assume duty for the remainder of the RAP in which the sequence originally reported. If the sequence originally reported in multiple RAPs, Crew Schedule shall assign the Reserve to the earlier RAP.

Assigned a Trip Today That Conflicts With A Trip Tomorrow (Pay Protection)

Equipment Substitutions

Substitutions PRIOR to Departure for Entire Sequence

If a sequence is staffed with a full complement at the time of equipment substitution, only the required number of Flight Attendant positions will be required for the downgraded equipment.

Most senior Flight Attendant will be released and receive pay and credit + any premiums.

Substitutions AFTER Departure

If FEWER jumpseats than Flight Attendants, junior Flight Attendants, regardless of bid position, will fly the sequence.

Most senior Flight Attendant will receive pay and credit and any premiums but at management’s option, may be required to return to the original sequence at any time prior to sequence end.

Flight Attendant must be notified of this requirement at the time of substitution notification.

If the sequence transit back through crew base and Flight Attendant is no longer required for the rest of the sequence, the above applies but based on departure time for the portion of sequence that transits through crew base.

Illegal Through No-Fault

If, after the time of the award, a Flight Attendant becomes illegal (Contractual or FAR) through no fault of her/his own to originate her/his sequence, such Flight Attendant shall have the option of splitting on to the sequence, once she/he becomes legal at the point the sequence passes through her/his crew base. If the sequence does not pass through the Flight Attendant’s crew base, she/he will be permitted to pick up the sequence at the point where she/he becomes legal. However, if it is impractical for the Company to split the Flight Attendant on to the sequence, the Flight Attendant shall be released from the sequence and paid the value of the originally scheduled sequence.

To receive pay protections under this Paragraph, the Flight Attendant must be FAR Illegal, a Lineholder, or a Reserve on an ETB trip, except as provided for in Paragraph K.1.b.

A Flight Attendant arrives in late Monday night from her/his sequence and becomes FAR illegal for the following two-day sequence on Tuesday/Wednesday PHX-LGARON-LGA-PHX.  It would be impractical for the Company to deadhead the Flight Attendant to LGA fly the LGA-PHX segment as the Company already had the sequence covered by another Flight Attendant.  In this situation, the Flight Attendant would not be permitted to split on the trip and would receive pay and credit for the entire sequence as it was flown by a substitute crew.

A Flight Attendant arrives in late Monday night from her/his sequence and becomes FAR illegal for the following two-day sequence on Tuesday/Wednesday PHX-LGARON-LGA-PHX.  It would be impractical for the Company to deadhead the Flight Attendant to LGA fly the LGA-PHX segment as the Company already had the sequence covered by another Flight Attendant.  In this situation, the Flight Attendant would not be permitted to split on the trip and would receive pay and credit for the entire sequence as it was flown by a substitute crew.

Last Sequence / Last Series

There are two provisions of JCBA Section 10.L that apply to the rescheduling of your last trip (or last series of trips) of the month. The sequence(s) will be designated with an ‘LS’ code on your HI1, and listed in the header of the HI1 under either LAST or LOCK, with the sequence number(s) and date(s):

If your last sequence (or series of sequences) of the month cancels in its entirety, you are pay protected for the entire sequence.

If the origination of your last sequence of the month has canceled, the company may request that you split onto the sequence. You will be pay protected for the entire sequence, including the canceled portion.

Frequently Asked Questions

Call Crew Scheduling. You may be required to split onto your trip as long as you are notified prior to the completion of the first scheduled duty period. If there was only one flight on your first duty period, and you need a hotel room, they will provide you with one. (JCBA reference: 10.L.3)

Crew scheduling may split you back onto your original sequence only; they may not reschedule you to other flying.  (JCBA reference: 10.L.3)

Yes, but only after origination (departure of first flight) as referenced in JCBA 10.L.5.

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