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Resolving End-of-Month 1-in-7 Conflicts

Date: August 23, 2019

 

MEC Reserve Committee

Following a recent communication from the company addressing programming changes to track 1-in-7 violations for Reserves, the insertion of a Break (BRK) day placeholder in the schedule of a Reserve having a potential 1-in-7 and/or 24-in-7 violation is no longer necessary nor is there any contractual requirement for break days to be used. While this is a process previously employed by scheduling, it will no longer be used.

 

Section 8.I.2. requires that Reserves be provided with at least one (1) calendar day off at their home domicile during any seven (7) consecutive day period. The company and the Union mutually understand that the one exception is when a Reserve is assigned to an International pairing of seven (7) days or more, in which case she/he must be provided with at least 24-hours free from duty(FFD) at a point away from home.

 

Whenever a Reserve is not scheduled with at least one (1) calendar day off at her/his home domicile in any consecutive seven (7) day period due to the convergence schedules, Sections 6.P.3. and 8.I.2. provide the Flight Attendant with the ability to decide how the schedule conflict will be reconciled.  This must be done prior to the first day of the schedule month in one of the following ways:

1.   Flight Attendants may “self-trade” to correct the 1-in-7 by trading days off either mutually with another Reserve or with the Reserve Pool during the Open Time trade windows.

2.   Flight Attendants may contact crew scheduling prior to the first day of the new bid month to have the 1-in-7 conflict resolved. 

  • Flight Attendants may move a day off from later in the new month to resolve the 1-in-7 conflict. The Flight Attendant may indicate preferences as to which day off in the new month will be moved, and these preferences are subject to the concurrence of the Flight Attendant and Inflight Scheduling.  In the event there is a failure to reach agreement, the adjustment will be subject to the approval of the Crew Resources manager/designee.
  • For the purpose of complying with the 1-in-7 limitation, a Reserve may be released (RLSD) from a day of availability. However, this is employed only as a last resort.
  • If the Flight Attendant will be a Lineholder in the new month, she/he will work with scheduling to adjust the lineholder schedule. If it is necessary to drop a trip to resolve the 1-in-7 conflict, the Flight Attendant’s preference as to which trip to drop will be subject to the concurrence of the Flight Attendant and Inflight Scheduling.  In the event of a failure to reach agreement, the pairing to be dropped will be subject to the approval of the Crew Resources manager/designee.

3.   Flight Attendants may waive the 1-in-7 legality by doing nothing .If the Flight Attendant does not contact crew scheduling before the first day of the new bid month, the 1-in-7 is considered automatically waived .If waived, the 24-in-7 FAR must still be satisfied with a 24-hour period free-from-duty in the consecutive seven (7) days.

NOTE:The 24-in-7 federal aviation regulation tmay not be waived by a Flight Attendant or the company. If you have a 24-in-7 violation it will appear on your master schedule and must be resolved by crew scheduling.

A Flight Attendant who contacts crew scheduling and indicates she/he does not wish to waive the 1-in-7 must have the conflict resolved at that time. Flight Attendants should not be told to “wait” to resolve the conflict at a later date, that the “pool numbers” will not allow for a day off to be moved or that there are “no legal trade options.”  If you find yourself faced with these explanations, contact your Local Council Reserve or Grievance Committee for assistance in resolving this matter before the first day of the schedule month.

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