Q1: I’ve been reading through the TA and something I’m curious about is the creation of the AS sick bank for L-VX FAs. It’s my understanding that they will go back and look at our full sick call history. I do not have access to this information anymore and don’t trust the company to calculate it accurately. Is there a place where we can find this Information so we can see before we vote where we would sit? I’ve also exhausted my CAT (catastrophic) sick when I was on workers comp. Also, if we do end up being at a negative number, how will this affect us should we need to call out sick?
Q2: Is there a limit to how many years there will be a look back when calculating sick time? L-VX had an honor system in the very beginning and it was a “free for all” with no repercussions. Will those first few years be held against us now?
Q3: As a VX FA I feel the sick bank look back is really problematic. Why will we be judged over our entire career according to a policy we never had? Is it possible after the calculations are done to have a negative number? Will there be situations where you are “in debt” or will your bank just be at zero? How will we ensure the accuracy of sick call records going back 10yrs? Why not base our bank on this year? Or have a qualification year going forward from ratification?
A: Creating a sick bank for the L-VX Flight Attendants was a challenge for the JNC because the two systems (L-VX vs L-AS) are so different. On the L-VX side, there is no SL accrual in the traditional sense. A L-VX FA calls in sick and is paid for the first 6 days and then transitions to California State Disability with the option of using annual accrued and banked “catastrophic days” for longer medical absences. L-AS Flight Attendants accrue sick leave into their sick bank based on 10% of paid TFP (except sick leave and Stranded Pay) monthly.
We analyzed different look-back periods and determined that a career lookback is most advantageous for the greatest number of L-VX FAs. Regardless of sick leave usage, no L-VX FAs will end up with a negative sick leave balance because it is ‘capped’ at zero if the FA’s career lookback results in a negative number.
Because of the L-VX 70 hour monthly minimum (50 hours if traded to another L-VX FA), L-VX FAs should accrue a sufficient amount of sick leave by the time they are fully transitioned to the Alaska sick leave system pursuant to the L-VX FA Transition Agreement and L-VX FA JCBA Implementation Timetable.
All of the L-VX records are maintained in Crewtrack. During negotiations, the JNC ran trials with the Crewtrack records and the results were accurate. The calculations will be done in advance and monitored by AFA. L-VX FAs will also have a sufficient opportunity to review their records and dispute if appropriate. AFA is currently working with management to finalize the specific details of the review, but management and AFA agree that such a review process should occur. The JNC believes this method for creating a sick leave bank provides for a fair and equitable transition and no L-VX FA will end up with a negative sick leave balance at the time of transition.
Q: Former JFK L-VX FAs were covered under a city law for 40 hours of paid sick a year. How will this, if at all, affect their future sick bank accrual?
A: The New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act (Paid Sick Leave Law) will have no effect on the creation of a sick leave bank for L-VX Flight Attendants.