The cutover to Jeppesen Crew Access has not been very kind to Reserves
The Master Executive Council (MEC) is very frustrated that the cutover from Jeppesen Maestro/eMaestro to Jeppesen Crew Access (JCA) has not been very kind to Reserves. Although self-assignment has finally been implemented after a long delay (the original estimate was by the end of 2nd quarter 2016), there are numerous other reserve-specific contractual violations due to JCA. For the life of a Reserve, it has been one step forward and at least two steps back.
Reserve contractual grievances recently filed
AFA has recently filed the following Reserve-specific contractual grievances on your behalf:
- 36-99-2-43-16 Violation of CBA §11.H.8 Reserve Exchange of Days, Pick-ups and Trades (January 4, 2017)
- 36-99-2-6-17 Violation of §11.E Low Time First Available (LTFA) Out of Order Assignments January 31 to February 2, 2017 (February 10, 2017)
- 36-99-2-7-17 Violation of §11.E Low Time First Available (LTFA) Out of Order Assignments Post Jeppesen Crew Access (JCA) Cutover (February 10, 2017)
- 36-99-2-10-17 Violation of §11.F.15, §11.H.7 & §11.H.8 Failure to Provide Automated Ability for Reserve Flight Attendants to Self-assign and Trade APSB (February 10, 2017)
Reserve-specific JCA updates
Management has been developing an interim reserve trade board to provide a platform for posting and trading reserve blocks/days until the function can be programmed in JCA. The MEC has been pushing management to get the interim trade board up and running as soon as possible. Based on recent progress, we are hopeful it will be available for use sometime this coming week.
Management has provided a disturbing estimate to AFA regarding implementation of the permanent reserve trade board. Right now management is saying April or so, which is completely unacceptable of course.
In slightly better news, management has informed the MEC that the ability to post and trade Airport Standby (APSB) may be functional by next week.
Scheduling notifications are active for Reserves
The MEC has received feedback that there may be confusion about whether or not the scheduling notifications are active for Reserves. They definitely are. That means if you accept the scheduling notification, Crew Scheduling has officially notified you of the scheduling event (e.g. reserve assignment, change to report time, et cetera). If you wish to decline the scheduling notification, you must click the little “X” in the corner of the notification window; then Crew Scheduling will contact you using the traditional methods (e.g. calling your number(s) on file, et cetera).
AFA will continue to push management to make the situation right
AFA will continue to advocate on behalf of the Reserves and push management to make the situation right as soon as possible. If the parties cannot reach an acceptable resolution to these violations, AFA is fully prepared to go to arbitration if necessary in order to defend our contract.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Linda Christou, Lisa Pinkston, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Tim Green, Brice McGee; MEC Reserve Committee Chairperson Jarod McNeill; MEC Scheduling Committee Chairperson Jake Jones; and MEC Grievance Committee Chairperson Stephanie Adams