AFA and Alaska Airlines management have agreed to a first-round vacation rebid in order to resolve a valid system-wide vacation bid protest. Why? The new Inflight website allowed Flight Attendants to bid for vacation dates outside of 2017, and the issue was discovered in the awards process.
As reported last night, the good news is that your initial bid will be retained. As a result, you will not need to do anything if you are satisfied with your initial bid. However, you may revise your bid if desired.
New 2017 vacation bidding timeline
The new timeline for the 2017 vacation bids will be as follows:
- 1st round rebid opens: Friday, September 30, 2016 – by noon PDT
- 1st round rebid closes: Thursday, October 6, 2016 @ 11:59 PM PDT
- 1st round awards posted: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
- 2nd round bidding opens: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @ 12:01 AM PDT
- 2nd round bidding closes: Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 11:59 PM PDT
- 2nd round awards posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Vacation trading is on schedule
Vacation trading for 2017 opens as originally scheduled on Friday, October 28, 2016, at the previously agreed to times for each domicile.
Instructions for Flight Attendants with illegal vacation bids outside of 2017
Flight Attendants who inadvertently submitted a first-round vacation bid containing days outside the 2017 calendar year are highly encouraged to revise their bid because those bids are illegal. If your initial vacation bid included individual bid lines with start and end dates both outside of 2017 and if you do not adjust your bid prior to the rebid closing, then management will adjust the year of each illegal bid line to 2017 for you.
Again, we strongly suggest that you correct any illegal bid lines yourself to make sure you are bidding for the intended date. Any individual vacation bid lines including 2017 year-end overlap (either January or December) will be removed (i.e. ignored/skipped) prior to the awards process if left unchanged.
Management has agreed to individually contact those affected via email to advise them of the rebid. Management will also contact Flight Attendants who initially submitted a bid completely outside of 2017 at the F/As’ respective primary contact phone number on file with the Company.
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If you have any questions or concerns contact one of your Local Executive Council (LEC) officers.
Your MEC – Jeffrey Peterson, Brian Palmer, Yvette Satterlee, Lisa Pinkston, Laura Masserant, Cathy Gwynn, Tim Green and Brice McGee