Junior Available And Voluntary Junior Available
Junior Available (JA) and Voluntary Junior Available (VJA) are covered under the provisions of the former contract through January 2015. The only exceptions are the increased premiums—at 2.5x pay for JA—and the ability to trade or jet bridge trade a JA to another Flight Attendant. The premium follows the trade and JA trades must be processed manually until automated.
Sick Leave Make Up
Sick Leave Make Up is now up and running. Sick Leave Make Up (SLMU) reserve days have already been placed into OT in at least one domicile (Seattle) and should be expanded soon. The SLMU reserve days are listed in Open Time coded as “AU” for AM and “PU” for PM. They are listed as individual one-day blocks that may be picked up on consecutive days and merged into a single mutl-day block. Keep in mind that Sick Leave Make Up reserve days are just like being on regular reserve days—and the new options for the Low Time First Assigned LTFA) lists are not yet in effect.
Section 32 Attendance Policy – General
Most provisions of the new Section 32 Attendance Policy are effective on January 1, 2015.[Note: The original post incorrectly reported that “Most provisions of the new Section 32 Attendance Policy are now in effect.” AFA regrets the error.]
Section 32 Attendance Policy – Quarterly and Annual Record Improvement, Bank Points
Quarterly and annual record improvement as well as bank points adjustments will be based on the former agreement through the end of 2014.
480 TFP Thresholds and Benefits Qualifications
All 480 TFP thresholds in 2014 for the purposes of benefits qualifications in 2015 will be calculated under the provisions of the former agreement. That is, achieving a “soft” 480 TFP credit in 2014 inclusive of sick leave and vacation pay will satisfy eligibility for all benefits (e.g. uniform allotment, vacation accrual and Company-subsidized healthcare). Those benefits may be reduced based on other existing provisions in the former contract—such as the 1/12 reduction to vacation entitlement for each month in which the Flight Attendant is not on the active payroll.
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That’s all for this latest update—stand by for more in the coming days and weeks.
Your Negotiating Committee—MEC President Jeffrey Peterson, Kristy Stratton, Lisa Pinkston, Jake Jones, Christina Frees and AFA Senior Staff Negotiator Paula Mastrangelo