PDX Roadshow Q&A 12/8/14
Section 3 – Scope
Q: Do Managers have to be in our uniform?
A: No, it isn’t specifically stated that they are required to wear a uniform.
Q: Will it be announced that a supervisor is on board the flight?
A: It is an option available to the crew.
Q: Why don’t they hire only our Flight Attendants to be inflight supervisors?
A: Flight Attendants can apply when a position becomes open as an inflight supervisor.
Q: Do they have to go through the reserve list and attempt to JA before using a manager to avoid a cancelation?
A: Yes, they have to utilize all other options before using a manager to avoid a cancelation.
Q: Do supervisors who fly get paid per diem?
A: No, they don’t receive per diem, however they can submit receipt for meals. Flight Attendants don’t submit receipts because we receive per diem.
Section 8 – Hours of Service
Section 9 – Junior Availability and Premium OT
Q: If scheduling called and left a message on your hotel room phone, but you didn’t check it, are you still on the hook to call when you return to duty?
A: No, you were not aware and never knew they were trying to contact you.
Q: Can scheduling still call me at home to junior assign me?
A: No, you can’t be junior assigned if contacted once you’re off duty.
Section 10 – Scheduling
Q: Can a base not have any 4k pairings for a given month?
A: Yes, but contractually it most be rotated to all bases. Practically speaking, based on conversations with Crew Planning, they intend to lock a percentage of that flying into the each of those domiciles every month. Example, they may take the SEA-DTW sequence and lock the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday departures to LAX, Thursday, Friday to ANC, and Saturday, Sunday to SAN. This will fulfill the rotation requirement and not push flying out of each domicile.
Section 11 – Reserve
Q: Can I pick up out of domicile reserve days?
A: No. Same as current book.
Q: If I am a PM reserve, can I self assign to an AM trip?
A: No. You must self-assign within your call type and availability.
Q: Will this have an impact on the number of Crew Scheduling jobs with FAs being able to self assign?
A: There is not an impact anticipated, but staffing in all departments is decided by management.
Section 12 – Exchange of Sequences
Q: If trips are coded TO, can I trade based on day of departure only?
A: Yes, even if the day is limited, you may trade based on date of departure only.
Q: If the day is limited, can I drop my trip into OT?
A: No. You can only drop a trip if the day is open.
Q: Can I continue to trade my trips with OT all month long?
A: Yes subject to the net 40 TFP.
Q: Is there another company using this OT trading program today?
Section 14 – Vacation
Q: If you fly an average of 40 tfp a month for the year, not including sick and vacation, will you get your full vacation for the next year?
A: Yes, 480 tfp not including sick leave and vacation are required for full vacation the following year.
Section 16 – Sick Leave and On the Job Injury
Q: What happens if you pick up a sick leave makeup day and you don’t get called out.
A: Your sick leave bank will be credited 5tfp.
Q: Can I be given “A” position on a sick leave makeup day?
A: Yes, you may be given any position sitting reserve for your sick leave makeup day.
Section 21 – Compensation
Q: Does sick leave count towards the Quarterly Productivity Premium (QPP)?
A: No, only worked TFP counts (excludes sick leave and vacation)
Q: Am I precluded from the QPP if I call out sick in the quarter?
A: Calling out sick does not preclude you from achieving the QPP.
Section 22 – Expenses
Section 23 – Insurance
Q: What is the worst case scenario for the amount we pay for insurance?
A: A 15% increase per year.
Q: Is there a calculation you can use to determine the increases for Kaiser, I only see PPO?
A: Starting with 2016 you can add 15%, then in 2017 add 15%, in 2018 add 15%, and in 2019 add 15%. After 2019 the amount is frozen. This is the worst case scenario.
Q: What are our insurance provisions based on?
A: The actual provisions of our insurance coverage are based on what the pilots negotiate in their contract.
Section 27 – General Association
Section 32 – Attendance Policy
Q: Does the National Mediation Board (NMB) have control over canceling mediation dates?
A: Yes, they are given full authority to dictate when a mediation date is schedule, and full authority to cancel or move dates.
Q: Is there a monthly minimum?
A: There isn’t a monthly minimum, however if you don’t have any paid time in the month your vacation accrual for the following year will be reduced by 1/12 (same application as current contract).
Q: Did our Negotiating Committee ask for full retro pay at the table?
A: Yes full retro pay was asked for prior to the first TA, and during mediation before the second TA. We did not achieve this.