Once the Reserve reaches 40 hours of pay and credit in a month, any hours flown on aggressive status above 40 hours shall not be credited. When determining if the Reserve has met or exceeded the monthly pay cap, credited hours will be calculated based on the Reserves month-to-date hours credited to the minute including credit associated with flight time, sick, vacation, jury duty, bereavement, APFA business, deadhead, etc. ETB pay-no credit hours, etc. shall not be considered when calculating credited hours.
Minimum Reserve Call Out Time
Positive contact from Crew Schedule triggers the minimum call out of two (2) hours. Crew Scheduling leaving a message on the Flight Attendant's voicemail to return a call does not
constitute the start of the minimum two (2) hour call out. A Flight Attendant has fifteen (15) minutes to return a call to Scheduling once a message has been left on her/his primary number. If a secondary number is listed with Scheduling, the Flight Attendant has fifteen (15) minutes from the time the message was left on the secondary number to return Scheduling's call.
The 2013 Red Book Contract states that a Reserve has a minimum of two (2) hours to report after notification of a pairing by Crew Scheduling. The Contractual language does not indicate a radius within the airport that a Reserve must be located while on a Reserve Availability Period (RAP). It APFA's position that a Reserve Flight Attendant has the ability, at any given time, to report for an assignment within two (2) hours, to prevent a flight delay, or to not receive any dependability infraction.
The Company's latest version of their Dependability Program
, states the following:
Reserve Not Positioned/Available for Duty (ROB) – A reserve flight attendant is required to be positioned to report for duty as soon as possible but no later than two hours (2:00) of assignment while on reserve duty. Accepting credit for reserve duty for which a flight attendant is not positioned/available as required will be addressed both as a dependability and work performance infraction.
A Reserve must be in position to begin their assigned pairing or On Premise Reserve (OPR) shift. It is the responsibility of the Reserve Flight Attendant to be in-base/position for such assignments.
Trading Reserve Assignments
The 2013 Red Book Contractual language does not permit a Reserve Flight Attendant the ability to trade her/his assigned/awarded pairing from Crew Scheduling to a Lineholder or another Reserve via the Electronic Trade Board (ETB). A Reserve Flight Attendant wishing to trade their pairing with another Flight Attendant may call Scheduling to do a manual trade providing that the pairing is traded for same day and same duration.
A Reserve holding an ETB pairing may trade or drop on the ETB up to two (2) hours before check-in of such pairing.
Reserve Off Day Trade Bid Input
A Reserve wishing to participate in trading their PBS awarded day(s) off can do so using an ISAP-like system. This system can be found under CATCREW Option #39. It processes daily from 20:00 until 06:00 HBT.
Reserves shall be allowed to trade days off utilizing a system consistent with ISAP. Patterns of days off traded must conform to the patterns established in Section 10.D.18 or the 2013 Red Book Contract. This ISAP process does not have the ability to run the bid persistent, resulting in the Reserves need to enter the trade bids everyday. The initial ISAP-like trade system will run two (2) days out from the beginning of the bid period and the Reserve will have the ability to enter trades up to seven (7) before the initial run. Once the run is completed, the Reserve must enter their trade choices everyday.
APFA is aware of the complexity involved in trading days off though this system, and will continue to advocate for a better system. The Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) will permit day off trades to be traded using the Electronic Trade Board (ETB). APFA has asked the Company to implement this process prior to Flight Attendant Operational Integration (FOI).
Back-to-Back RAP Assignments/24-Hour Break Between RAP and Trip
APFA has had numerous discussions with the Company on assigning back-to-back RAP periods. The Union understands that the 2013 Red Book Contractual language allows the Company to assign these RAPs back-to-back to protect the operation due to coverage levels.
We have asked the Company to supply the Flight Attendants and Union Leaders with a Reasons Report, which would reflect the reason(s) a Reserve was assigned a back-to-back RAP for a 24-hour consecutive period. APFA also challenged the obvious placing of a Reserve available for one (1) day into RAP A and B. The Company’s response was that in order to utilize the Reserves full potential, that it is necessary for this placement; APFA disagrees. Your Union feels that the RAPS should be filled by seniority taking into consideration legalities and honoring the FAs bids, not because of availability.
APFA has expressed to the Company that the Reserve Flight Attendant workgroup wishes to utilize their 24-hour break between RAP and trip assignments in order to fulfill the FAR and contractual language of 24/7. This would ensure the ability to pick up ETB trip(s) on Golden Days (GDs) and or Moveable Day (MDs). APFA was informed that CATCREW cannot currently read this legality when transmitting Flight Attendant information to ETB or when waiving the 24/7 and flying into a GD/MD.
The Company informed APFA that if the system were to be updated to identify this 24-hour pure break, they would reserve the right to schedule the Reserve accordingly using this same 24-hour pure break. APFA disagrees and would like to see this at the Reserves option only. The system does identify the 24-hour pure break achieved from a layover city, and will honor the request to waive the 24/7 using the rest from a layover. But keep in mind that the Company can also use this rest to have you continue flying. We do not see this happening very often, but believe that it does happen under critical coverage and irregular operations, but must go though the Priority of Trip Assignment (POTA) language before doing so.
Pay No Credit (PNC)
A Reserve Flight Attendant in actual operations flying into their GD(s) or MD(s) shall be compensated PNC. If actual operations cause a Reserve duty period to be extended into her/his GD(s) or MD(s), any pay hours on or after 0000 of her/his GD(s) or MD(s) shall be PNC. During Winter Storm Jonas, many Reserves were out on pairings that extended into their GDs and MDs. Please check your paycheck to ensure you were paid correctly. If you were not compensated please file a PE-80 claim form to bring this to the attention of pay claims. You have sixty (60) days to file a claim.
Also, in the event a Reserve has been assigned into a MD or has extended their duty period for more than one (1) hour into a GD or MD because of actual operations, the Reserve and the Company shall mutually agree to the reinstatement of a GD(s) on a different day in the bid period. The Reserve will be required to contact Crew Scheduling for the reinstatement of these days off within 48 hours of such assignment. If no agreement is reached, the Reserve fails to call within 48 hours, or the Reserve has no more days of availability in the bid period, she/he shall receive PNC equal to the value of a Reserve day.
In closing, APFA Reserve Representatives are working on many items to help clarify and enable the Reserve Flight Attendant to understand the Contract and to make sure the intent of the Contract is being followed by the Company. We understand your frustrations and concerns when Crew Scheduling intentionally and accidentally does not abide by the Contractual language set forth by our Collective Bargaining Agreements. As we transition into the 2014 JCBA, many of the items in the 2013 Red Book will be carried over. It is our mission to remain diligent during this transition process. Remember, New/Probationary Flight Attendants who are dues paying members of APFA shall be entitled to the same Union representation and rights of any other American Airlines Flight Attendant.
Should you have questions or issues, please contact your APFA leadership. The following is a list of additional resources for your assistance:
LUS Reserve Contacts
- APFA Contract Desk 817-540-0108, ext. 8169
- Flight Attendant Bidding Resource Center (FABRC) 1-800-327-0117 option 2,8