Collective Bargaining Agreement
Preferential Bidding System
LETTER OF AGREEMENT
UNITED AIRLINES, INC.
THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS
IN THE SERVICE OF
UNITED AIR LINES, INC.
AS REPRESENTED BY
ASSOCIATION OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS-CWA, AFL-CIO
THIS LETTER OF AGREEMENT is made and entered into in accordance with the Railway Labor Act by and between UNITED AIR LINES, INC. (hereinafter referred to as the “Company”) and the ASSOCIATION OF FLIGHT ATTENDANTS (hereinafter referred to as “AFA” or the “Association”).
WHEREAS during the negotiations between the Company and Association (collectively, the “parties”) leading to the Restructuring Agreement, dated May 1, 2003, the parties agreed to implement a Preferential Bidding System (hereinafter referred to as “PBS”),
THEREFORE the parties to this Letter of Agreement hereby agree that the PBS will include the following conditions:
- Ad Opt or Similar
The Company will use the AD OPT or a similar mutually agreed upon product. The Company may require that any outside vendor be the same for Onboard and Flight Operations PBS systems. The Company will not make any changes to this system unless mutually agreed upon.
- Contract Modifications
Prior to implementation, the parties will meet and agree on changes to the provisions of the Agreement consistent with the bidding process necessary to implement the PBS system.
- Value of Absences
The value of all absences other than sick leave will be paid at 2.8 hours (two hours forty-eight minutes [2:48] ) per day before preferencing and at the actual value after preferencing.
- Implementation of PBS schedule consistent with the following:
- A Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) consisting of representatives from AFA, the Company and the vendor will be established. This committee will develop the Detailed Requirements Document (DRD) including criteria for preferencing. It is anticipated this committee will meet as needed during the development and implementation period. After implementation is complete the committee will meet on an as needed basis to review the system.
- Parallel testing of the system will occur before implementation. The JIC will monitor the progress of this parallel testing to determine if additional testing is needed prior to implementation.
- Phase in may occur on a domicile basis consistent with the needs of the Company.
- The parties agree that the above provisions will not unnecessarily delay the implementation of PBS.
- Interim Line Construction And Bidding Timeline
Until such time as PBS is implemented, the Company and AFA will meet and agree on modifications to Section 3 and related Sections of the Agreement in order to condense the Flight Attendant schedule construction and bid process timeline to allow for a 12 – days later handoff from aircraft scheduling. The parties agree that the implementation of an interim line construction and bidding process timeline will not be unduly delayed and will be no later than the first schedule month following the implementation of the Flight Operation PBS system. The parties will develop solutions, which will include the following goals:
- Identify the best role for the Central Schedule Committee and the Local Schedule Committee in the interim line construction and bid process.
- Find solutions for distributing lines of flying.
- Automation of the lines of flying and reserve lines construction consistent with Section 3.N.3.
- Condense AFA’s review of the line construction process, consistent with Section 3.N.3.
- Eliminate paper bid cards and require all bidding to be done via electronic means.
- Develop other solutions, which may include modifying the Section 9.C.3.a. bidding timeline and the elimination or reduction of the requirement to produce and distribute paper bid materials.
The parties to this Letter of Agreement hereby agree that it shall run concurrently with the 2005-2010 Agreement, and shall be concurrently subject to the provisions pertaining to duration and amendment contained therein.
The parties hereto have signed this Letter of Agreement this 7th day of January, 2005.
FOR UNITED AIR LINES, INC:
Peter B. Kain
Vice President – Labor Relations
FOR THE FLIGHT ATTENDANTS
IN THE SERVICE OF UNITED
AIR LINES, INC.
Patricia Friend, International President
Association of Flight Attendants
Gregory E. Davidowitch, President
UAL/AFA Master Executive Council
Association of Flight Attendants