Reserve Day of Availability Groupings at International Domiciles
August 21, 2019
Section 8.C.1 of our Contract provides for the grouping of Reserves based on days of availability. Specifically, 1-day, 2-day, 3-day and 4-day or more days of availability in accordance with the number of “on schedule” days remaining before their next scheduled day off.
Since October 1, 2018, Reserves at international locations (FRA, HKG, LHR & NRT) have continued to be grouped as was done traditionally under the terms of the pmUA 2012 – 2016 Agreement in 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, 5-day & 6-days of availability.
Over the course of the past several weeks, management has approached the Union to discuss the impact of changing from this traditional grouping process on both the productivity of the Reserves at these locations as well as the continued viability of these bases.
Following these discussions, AFA and United have reached an understanding to not change from the traditional grouping of Reserves at the four international bases only. As a result, Section 8.I.1. will be revised to sort Reserves at Hong Kong (HKG), Narita (NRT), Frankfurt (FRA) and London (LHR) in classifications of 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 4-day, 5-day & 6-days of availability.
Except for this specific modification, no other terms of our Contract are interpreted or modified by this change.
In terms of the practical impact of this change, there is none. Reserves at the four (4) international bases will continue to be grouped as they have been in the Reserve Preference System since October 1, 2019.