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Tentative Agreement: Vacation Bidding

Date: August 2, 2016
Type: AFA Article

VACATION BIDDING BASICS: 

  • Vacation bids will be conducted in 2 rounds 
  • May bid no more than 50% of your vacation days in the 1st round 
  • Must have a minimum of 6 days in each vacation period 
  • Can elect to have up to 5 vacation periods 
  • Vacations can begin on any day of the month 
  • Before each round of vacation bids begin, Flight Attendants will be able to see the calendar for the coming year with the number of vacation days available for each day of the year. 

BIDDING EXAMPLES: 

EXAMPLE 1: 

Mary has 40 days of vacation for next year. 

The 1st round of vacation bidding will begin on October 23rd and closes on October 31st. Awards from the 1st round will be posted by November 4. 

Mary may bid for up to 20 days in the 1st round. She may bid it all as one vacation of 20 days, or she can split it up. Since she must have a minimum of 6 days in a vacation period, Mary has a variety of options on how to split her 20 days in the 1st round: 

6 days / 14 days 7 days / 13 days 8 days / 12 days
9 days / 11 days 10 days / 10 days 6 days / 6 days / 8 days
7 days / 7 days / 6 days


The 2nd round of vacation bidding will begin on November 8th and closes on November 16. Awards from the 2 round will be posted by November 20. 

In the 2nd round of vacation bidding Mary has the same options, unless she chose to bid 3 vacation periods in the 1st round. In that case she may bid her 20 remaining vacation days as one vacation of 20 days, or she can bid for 2 vacation periods, because she can only have a total of 5 vacation periods a year.  

Example 2: 

Betsy has 26 days of vacation for next year, and she is opting to take an additional 7 days of Flex vacation, so that gives her a total of 33 days. 

In the 1st round of vacation bidding she may bid up to 50% of her 33 days. Half of 33 is 16.5 days, so rounding up, she may bid up to 17 days. Betsy can bid the entire 17 days as one vacation, or maintaining the minimum 6 days per vacation period, Betsy's options for splitting her vacation are: 

6 days / 11 days 7 days / 10 days 8 days / 9 days


Example 3: 

John has 12 days of vacation for next year. 

He may bid all 12 days in the 1st round, and he may split that into 2 vacation periods of 6 days and 6 days, or he may bid it all as one vacation of 12 days. John also has the option to only bid 6 days in the 1st round, and wait until the 2 round to bid his last 6 days. If he wanted, he could also wait until the 2nd round and bid all 12 days then, however John will have more vacation days available to choose from if he bids all his days in the 1 round. 

Example 4: 

Julie is a new hire Flight Attendant who has less than 12 days of vacation. If a Flight Attendant has less than 12 vacation days she/he must bid all of them as one block. Julie must bid all of her days in one vacation period, and she may do so in the 1 round. 

Section 12, Untied 2016-2021 Tentative Agreement

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