SNA Roadshow Q&A 12/12/14
Section 3 – Scope
Q: Today management has to ask AFA to fly for a cancellation?
A: Yes, under TA2 they must notify us they are flying a cancellation and as an extra.
Q: Under implementation for management flying when does that take place?
A: Management flying as extra will start 120 days as specified in the implementation LOA. Management’s ability to cover a cancellation would be effective date of ratification.
Section 8 – Hours of Service
Q: Today we fly 4 days worth 30 tfp would we lose those?
A: The places you are flying may change but there may still be trips worth 30 tfp. This will depend on the pairing construction and optimizer as well as forcing flying into LAX that occurs under the current practice.
Q: How will the 15 minute debrief affect ANC/SAN/LAX?
A: Typically multiday trips that release after midnight would be less calendar days. The 15 minute debrief allows SEA/PDX to have more turns for mid-con destinations.
Q: Is there currently any talk to shrink the LAX base over the next year?
A: No, the base is not shrinking with a commitment of at least one year.
Section 9 – Junior Availability and Premium OT
Q: Is there a limitation on the number of time I may be JA’d in a month?
A: No. There is however a limitation that you will not be JA’d off of a JA, if you have minimum days off or projected to exceed 118.2 TFP.
Q: If I pick up and fly premium OT could I be JA’d?
A: Yes, unless you are not legal per the provisions.
Q: If I am reserve and I swap schedules with a line holding Flight Attendant what happens?
A: The Flight Attendant receiving the reserve days is now a reserve on those traded days and ineligible for JA. The Flight Attendant receiving the sequences would now be a lineholder for the purpose of JA. If the traded sequences replaced the reserve days on the same days as originally scheduled the Flight Attendant would be eligible for JA, if the days were not the same as originally scheduled the Flight Attendant would be protected for the days removed off her/his original schedule.
Section 10 – Scheduling
Section 11 – Reserve
Q: Will the reserve position calendar show the coverage available to reposition?
A: Yes, you will see the adequate reserve coverage (ARC)
Section 12 – Exchange of Sequences
Q: Limited is closed?
A: Technically, yes.
Q: Would we receive notification that the thresholds are changing for our domicile during the OT trial?
Section 14 – Vacation
Section 16 – Sick Leave and On the Job Injury
Q: If I called in sick for a turn in Jan and a turn in February could I use sick leave make up in March to cover both occurrences by picking up a 2 day sick leave make up block?
Section 21 – Compensation
Q: Did you ask for signing bonus based on amount you personally fly?
A: Yes, we were unsuccessful in achieving that provision.
Q: If I typically bid 3rd quarter vacation and use my 140 TFP vacation during this time and want to qualify for QPP do I have to fly the 140 TFP to receive the QPP?
A: Technically, yes. However, practically if you are receiving $51.50 per TFP without longevity premium we would recommend you take your summer vacation and pick up a trip equal to 19.4TFP that equates almost the $1000 premium. There is no reason you shouldn’t enjoy your vacation and earned time off during peak seasons.
Section 22 – Expenses
Section 23 – Insurance
Q: What do actuaries take into account when establishing the overall premium cost of insurance at Alaska Airlines?
A: Total value and cost, trends in the industry, some analysis due to Affordable Care Act (ACA) will possibly reduce cost.
Q: Are the insurance slides available online for viewing?
Section 27 – General Association
Section 32 – Attendance Policy
Q: If I call in sick online and use my quarterly point reduction form?
A: Yes. In addition you could also use a medical leave.
Q: If I don’t have sick leave available may I still use my quarterly point reduction form?
A: Yes, same application as today.
Q: If I call out FMLA am I able to receive record improvement?
A: Yes, you have ability to qualify for record improvement as FMLA no longer precludes you from the provision.
Q: For the sit time activity claim if one FA does it will it be submitted for everyone?
A: No, each FA will need to submit a personal activity claim.
Q: How many other airlines have a threshold for minimum amount for benefits?
A: Many have monthly, quarterly and annual requirements. United, American, US Airways.
Q: Does SWA have minimums for benefits?
A: They do not, one of the last airlines. They charge additional at SWA for vision and dental. During the AirTran/SWA merger AirTran had superior benefits plan than SWA and ended up actually paying more for their same benefits received under their AirTran collective bargaining agreement.