Vacation Accrual (Section 18.B.2.)
Our 2012 - 2016 Contract provides for improvements to Vacation Accrual as
Section 18.B.1. of our Contract defines the full vacation accrual to be used
in the calendar year following completion of continuous service based on the
Full Vacation Accrual
|Years of Service
||Vacation Days Each Year
Accrual of Vacation Hours
A Flight Attendant shall receive full vacation accrual if she/he has
a minimum of ninety-seven hours and thirty minutes (97:30) of paid activity
in each quarter of the twelve month period ending in the August schedule
month prior to the vacation year. A Flight Attendant shall accrue no vacation
in a calendar quarter if she/he has less than sixteen hours and fifteen
minutes (16:15) of paid activity in that quarter. For the purpose of this
paragraph only, hours paid for training and publicity shall have the same
value as credited flight time.
In order to receive full vacation accrual, a Flight Attendant must complete
97:30 minutes of paid activity in each quarter of the twelve month period that
ends with the August schedule month prior to the vacation year.
Our annual vacation bid period is defined by the language in Section 18.E.
of our Contract and begins on October 29th. Based on this schedule, the company
must determine the amount of vacation that must be put out for bid and this
is done during the vacation planning period which begins each September. Given
the recently negotiated requirement for Flight Attendants to complete 97:30
of paid activity per quarter for a twelve month period in order to be eligible
for the full vacation accrual, the annual evaluation of paid activity must end
prior to the beginning of the vacation bid planning period which begins in September
each year. For this reason, the twelve month period for the evaluation of paid
activity must end in August of each year. Working back from August, the paid
activity quarters and their corresponding vacation accrual quarter are as follows:
||September - November
||January - March
||December - February
||April - June
||March - May
||July - September
||June - August
||October - December
Said another way, the paid activity during the period encompassing the Flight
Attendant schedule months (designated quarter) of September through November
will determine the number of vacation days accrued during the January - March
calendar months. If during the September - November schedule months the Flight
Attendant completes 97:30 minutes of paid activity, then the maximum number
of days of vacation, based on years of completed service, will be credited for
those months. This evaluation will continue for each paid activity quarter
during the twelve month September to August evaluation period.
It is important to understand, the implementation of this provision does
not mean that you must fly an equal number of hours each month to achieve the
97:30 minimum. Any combination of hours resulting in 97:30 of paid activity
completed by the last day of the defined quarter will count in determining if
the full vacation accrual will be credited.
Let’s take a look how these various accruals interact and their impact
on the vacation accrued in 2013 for use in 2014:
- Full Vacation Accrual Period - January 2013 - December 2013
- Paid Activity Evaluation Period - September 1, 2012 through August 31,
- 2014 Annual Vacation Bid Period Opens: October 29, 2013
How is Paid Activity Defined?
Paid activity is any flight time credit (VAC, ONSL) and includes publicity
and training, as outlined in Section 15.G. of our Contract.
What if I fly less than 97 hours and 30 minutes each quarter?
A Flight Attendant shall accrue one twenty-fourth (1/24) of the full
vacation accrual for the calendar quarter for every sixteen hours and fifteen
minutes (16:15) of paid activity in that quarter.
Section 18.B.2. If a Flight Attendant has less than sixteen hours and fifteen
minutes (16:15) in a specific quarter no vacation time will accrue.
Accrual of Vacation Days Example
Paid Activity Hours Each Designated Quarter
||Hours paid during
paid activity quarter >
|Years of Service
||0 - 4
|5 - 9
|10 - 16
|17 - 24
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