Recently the LEC Reserve Chairpersons held a conference call to discuss issues regarding the Proposed Reserve Section of the Failed Tentative Agreement and specifically what we would like to see moving forward in a Reserve Section. We heard from many of you regarding quality of life issues and respect for our "SENIORITY". Your voices were loud and clear. It is very important that reserve concerns are heard and expressed at the negotiations table. Therefore, the issues of importance will be conveyed to our New JNC. You may utilize the website ourafa.org.
The Reserve Chairs will be formulating "A Plan of Action" for a New Reserve Section. We will submit to the JNC a strategy on viable reserve system options and ideas.
Local Reserve Chairs
Council 41 John Pennel
Council 70 Dan Sampey
Council 89 DeMetrius Burrell
Use Reserves@afausairways.org as a general email where you can submit ideas on what you would like to see in a new Reserve Section. We invite everyone to share your ideas/thoughts directly with the reserve committee.
Sick on Contact
We have been receiving reports of reserves who were awarded trips from daily that were late departing trips then later called in sick and in doing so received a Late Sick Call or a Sick on Contact. If this scenario should or has happened to you please let your Reserve Chairs know.
Please remember that while contractually we are entitled to two Personal Days per calendar year; should you request a personal day for a personal emergency, awarding of PERs are based on coverage.
The Reserve Handbook is available by clicking on the link. (requires Wings login)
If a F/A wishes to leave a temporary number for scheduling, and they are available to both future and daily scheduling, they MUST CALL BOTH FUTURE AND DAILY to give them their temporary number in order to avoid a NCT.
Swapping/Moving of days off (Section 11.J. page 11-19)
1. A reserve may swap inviolable (INV) and/or non-inviolable (OFF) days with another reserve's days off in the same calendar month, provided such swap does not conflict with TDY coverage and/or creates less than two (2) days on duty.
2. Reserves may swap portions of inviolable (INV) day periods. If a swap of a portion of an inviolable (INV) day period would result in a greater number of inviolable (INV) day groupings than originally scheduled in a reserve's line, the inviolable (INV) day status will be waived, and the swapped period of days will be converted to non-inviolable (OFF) days.
OPR QUESTIONS (11.G.6.a. page 11-16)
Question: Can FAS contact me after my OPR shift has ended?
Section 11-16 5 states: "A reserve assigned OPR duty shall be released from airport standby no later than four (4:00) hours from the time he/she reports for duty. An OPR who does not receive flight duty shall be released to begin his/her uninterrupted domicile rest."
Answer: The duration of an OPR shift is four (4:00) hours. There is no debriefing. If your OPR begins at 0500 it ends at 0900. At the end of your shift, using the 0900 time, if scheduling should contact you at 0915 you are under no obligation to answer your phone. If scheduling contacts you at 0845 you are obligated to answer the phone because there are 15 minutes left in your OPR assignment. Once your rest following the OPR period has ended, you can be contacted by scheduling and be assigned a pairing from daily or future scheduling.
Question: What if I’m assigned Boarding duty that exceeds my "end" time?
Answer: F/A Scheduling cannot assign boarding duty to a F/A if it goes past their scheduled OPR time. Example-If you have 1400-1800 OPR, and scheduling wants to assign boarding duty for a flight that departs at 1815, you do not have to accept the assignment.
Also, if an F/A on OPR is assigned a trip, the trip must depart within 6 hours of the time OPR began. 11.G.6.a. page 11-16 On OPR "If assigned a pairing, such pairing must depart no later than six (6:00) hours from commencement of the OPR duty period."
Question: I have been sitting OPR since 06:00 and I am "junior" to one of the Reserve in the 08:00 to 12:00 shift. A trip came open at 08:30; therefore, do I have priority to such trip assignment because I am from the earlier shift? Scenario: OPR A.M. shifts in CLT have four Reserves from 06:00 - 10:00 and four Reserves from 08:00 - 12:00. By 08:00, when the second OPR shift comes on duty, and there is only one Reserve sitting OPR left from the earlier shift.
Answer: No, you do not have priority to such trip assignment because you have been there longer. The offering of trips amongst all OPR’s is seniority based. The Contract states the following: "All pairings will be offered on the basis of domicile seniority among the OPR’s. Offered pairings may be passed down to the next most senior reserve on OPR. Once such pairing is passed by all OPR’s, it will then be assigned in inverse order of seniority to the most junior OPR who is available for the entire pairing."
Whenever you deal with scheduling always document the following;
If you encounter a problem with scheduling or if you feel that you were not treated professionally, please contact your local Union office. The documented information you recorded will help expedite and correct the problem.
DeMetrius Burrell, MEC Reserve Chair
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