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Reserve Compensation When Assigned into a Day Off

Date: May 21, 2019


MEC Reserve Committee

Unpredictable weather during Spring and Summer can frequently result in irregular operations during this time of year.  Your best defense with regard to ensuring the enforcement of our contract is a best offense.  We encourage you to review the Special Reserve Legalities in regards to set days off as well as the provisions for assignment into days off. 

When the Reserve pool has been depleted, the Company has the contractual ability to work a Reserve into a scheduled day off to protect the operation. However, the Company must abide by the following parameters agreed upon in the JCBA:

1.     All Reserves shall be relieved of all duties for twelve (12) calendar days in a bid month at her/his home domicile.

2.     One block of at least four (4) days off on a Reserve line will be designated as “SET” unless the line has no block of four (4) or more days off in which case the largest block of days off will be SET.

3.     Under no circumstances may a Reserve be assigned into her/his SET block of days off.

4.     In blocks of days off other than the SET block of days off, a Reserve may be assigned into her/his first day off as follows:

a.     The Company will not assign a Reserve into her/his day(s) off if there is another Reserve in the Base who is legal and available to be assigned and able to report in accordance with the call-out procedures set forth in Paragraph 8.K.2. (including any Ready Reserve or Standby Reserve.)

b.     A Reserve may be assigned into the first day off on a block of days in the following order:

                       i.  Reserves volunteering to be assigned into their first day off;

                       ii.  Reserve in time accrued order who will be assigned into her/his first day off.

                       iii. When a Reserve is assigned to work into her/his first day off in the block,    whether voluntary or involuntary she/he will be paid five hours (5:00) of add pay.

Under what should be unusual circumstances, assignments for more than the first day off in a block of days off will be as follows:

(1) The Company will not assign a Reserve into her/his day(s) off if there is another Reserve in the Base who is legal and available to be assigned and able to report in accordance with the call-out procedures set forth in Paragraph K.2. (including any Ready Reserve or Standby Reserve.)

(2) Assignments into the second or third days off will be pursuant to the order of assignment in Section 7.S. The order of assignment among Reserves covered by Section 7.S.6 shall be as follows.

(a.) Reserves volunteering to be assigned into two (2) or more days off in a block of days off.

(b.) A Reserve in time accrued order who will be assigned into two (2) or more days in a block of days off.

(3) When a reserve is assigned to work into two (2) or more days in a block of days off, whether voluntary or involuntary,

When a Reserve has been assigned into a day off, voluntarily or involuntarily, the day(s) off will be restored at the end of the block of days off. (Section 8.I.1.i)

If the day(s) off are at the end of the month and there are no days available to restore, they will be restored on the next Reserve availability days in the following month if the Flight Attendant is on Reserve or the day(s) off will be restored according to Section 7.R., Restoration of Days Off for Lineholders.

The Company may not make assignments that would require more than two (2) days to be restored in the following month under the terms of this paragraph.

(3) A Reserve may not be assigned into a day(s) off that have been restored.

Once your pairing has been completed, it is a good practice to review your trip pay and ensure any additional pay for assignment into days off has been properly recorded. Also ensure that any days off used by the company have been restored.

For additional information, visit United AFA or contact your Local Council Representative.

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