All trips in Open Time coded as premium and subsequently withheld
Earlier this morning, AFA became aware that all trips in Open Time across the entire system were coded with premium pay, then withheld and placed back in OT with the premium removed. AFA subsequently filed a grievance on the issue. Check out “All Open Time Trips Withheld and Premium Pay Removed” for more information.
AFA met with management this afternoon to discuss the contractual violations
Master Executive Council (MEC) representatives met with management at 3pm PT today to discuss the situation. AFA reiterated to management our expectation 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. AFA requested that any Open Time trips previously coded as premium that were subsequently picked up should be paid at premium. (Contractually this would not include Open Time trades or Reserve self-assignment.)
Management is currently declining to restore premium across the board
Management is currently declining to restore premium across the board at this time due to concerns over operational reliability. However, you may see some Premium Open Time out there due to staffing concerns. Management believes the “blanket premium” might be the result of a programming glitch with Jeppesen Crew Access (JCA) because the exact same thing happened for the pilots’ Open Time trips. Management is currently researching the issue with Jeppesen and our internal Information Technology (IT) department.
Follow-up meeting scheduled for tomorrow morning
The parties agreed to a follow-up meeting tomorrow morning to discuss their findings and next steps. AFA will continue to defend our contract and advocate to management for them to do the right thing. We will provide another update following that meeting.
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