November 17, 2012
We continue to receive several questions on this topic every day. To be clear: Neither our Sick Pay nor AA’s Sick Policy have changed. Sick Pay continues to be paid (out of your sick bank) per sequence, NOT at a daily rate.
LBFO DECEMBER IMPLEMENTATION
This month brings with it the first opportunity for Reserve FAs to be paid on top of guarantee. With that, we are very disappointed that, despite AA’s implementation of both Critical Coverage and Reserve Option Flying (L2) for the December bid month, the Company announced on the bidsheet that they are unable to implement the OR component beginning December 2nd. With incentive pay gone, it is more important than ever that our workgroup be compensated appropriately as outlined in the LBFO. We will continue to push the company to make the necessary changes in their software by December 2nd. We will keep you posted with any updates.
“Critical Coverage” will begin for the Contractual Month of December for both Regularly Scheduled FAs and Reserves. If you fly a Critical Coverage trip, your HI1 will indicate CC for Regularly Scheduled FAs and CR for Reserves.
The Company determines the specific sequences that qualify for critical coverage at each base, much like Option II before, and FAs can access planned CC flying and Reserve Option Flying (L2) by using RF 8803 CCS. Both Regularly-Scheduled and Reserve FAs desiring to fly CC and L2 should add their name to the list using the following entry: HIHP/StartDate/EndDate/XC.
Hours in the sequence will be paid at 1.5 times the hourly rate-of-pay per each of our specific pay steps. Critical Coverage and Reserve Option Flying (L2) flying for Reserves is part of Supplemental Flying, per Article 10.D, and Reserves may use up to four (4) Duty-Free Periods (DFP’s) for such flying.
Please note: There is an error on the Bidsheet in the Day-Before Coverage timeline: The timeline incorrectly reflects HVBL Flight Attendants’ self-plot time as 0800-1200. The timeline for HVBL FAs to pre-plot has not changed, and it continues to be from 0500-1200.
Crew Resources stated that this year's Reserve numbers are higher than last year's due to the increased rate of sick year over year and the anticipated sick rate through the Holidays. International Reserve is planned at 15.3%, which is 1.1% higher than last year resulting in 71 more FAs on Int'l Reserve system wide. Domestic Reserve is at 22.6%, which is 1.5% higher than last year, meaning that 103 more FAs will be on Domestic Reserve.
CONTRACT CABIN CLEANERS
737 STAFFING/MINIMUM CREW
RECIPROCAL CABIN SEAT AGREEMENT WITH SPIRIT
And finally, we have another reciprocal cabin seat agreement to announce this week, this time with Spirit beginning December 4th. This will be unlimited main cabin space-available travel and no prior flight listing is required. FAs should check in at least one hour prior to departure and obtain and fill out an “ACM Pass” (Additional Crew Member) from the ticket counter or gate agent. Upon boarding, the gate agent retains one copy, the Captain, the other.
AmericanAirlines + US Airways
"Our Future Depends On It"
APFA National Communications Coordinator