All trips in Open Time coded as premium and then subsequently withheld
At approximately 9:15am Pacific Time this morning, AFA became aware that all trips in Open Time were coded with premium pay. MEC Scheduling Committee Chairperson Jake Jones was notified shortly thereafter that all trips in Open Time were being pulled and recoded without the premium pay. That’s right—all trips in Open Time across the entire system were withheld and premium pay removed!
AFA has filed a grievance on the issue
AFA has already filed a grievance on the issue, and Master Executive Council (MEC) representatives have been in communication with management. Pursuant to clear contractual language in CBA §9.E [Premium Open Time] and §12.E [Open Time], AFA has informed management that the more than 400 Premium Open Time trips across all domiciles must be restored with their applicable premium in order to be in contractual compliance. Our understanding is that all trips were returned to Open Time without the associated premium by around 11am PT. AFA’s position is that premium must also be paid on any Open Time trips previously coded as premium that were or are subsequently picked up. (Contractually this would not not include Open Time trades or Reserve self-assignment.)
AFA and management have a follow-up meeting scheduled for later this afternoon
Management is currently considering AFA’s assertions, and we have a follow up meeting scheduled for later this afternoon. AFA will provide an update as soon as possible after the meeting concludes.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Linda Christou, Lisa Pinkston, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Tim Green, Brice McGee; MEC Scheduling Committee Chairperson Jake Jones; and MEC Grievance Committee Chairperson Stephanie Adams