Q: If the TA is approved, our seniorities will be based on the last three digits of our Peoplesoft number if we started on the same day. I am VX. So, if I’m #3 in my class right now, I could get dropped down to #30 based on the last three digits of my Peoplesoft number, correct? And why are we using Peoplesoft numbers as a tiebreaker? Can we use birthdays like many other airlines?
A: The provision you are referencing is only for new-hires on a go-forward basis following ratification. No Flight Attendant already on the payroll will experience a change in relative seniority as a result of this merger (i.e. no reshuffling of seniority numbers within one’s class). AFA is moving away from using birth dates for determining seniority on a go-forward basis (i.e. for new hire classes after ratification) out of an abundance of caution. Recent legislation in certain localities may be problematic for continuing the practice of having the oldest trainee in a class to be the most senior and the youngest to be the most junior.