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E-Lines: October 11, 2017

Date: October 11, 2017
Type: Dear AFA

Clarification on Vacation Election Options 

We are today learning that the company has changed its original answer to the question we asked regarding the Vacation Election – Deferral to the 401(k) account.  We had specifically asked if vacation deferred into the 401(K) account was eligible for the company matching contributions when a vacation election to defer is selected.  In response to our questions, the company advised the Union that vacation days deferred to the 401(k) were not eligible for matching contributions.   

 

Today the company released a One United publication advising Flight Attendants that deferral of vacation into the 401(k) account is eligible for the company match.  Specifically, vacation time deferred into the 401(k) through the Vacation Election process is eligible for matching contributions and will be included as considered earnings for the purposes of calculating Profit Sharing. 

 

Additionally, the following questions were also provided as part of today’s One United update:

 

Q:

Do Vacation 401(k) deferrals and Vacation Buy Back count toward profit sharing?

 

A:

Yes, both are considered as eligible earnings and count toward the profit sharing calculation.

 

 

 

 

Q:

Do Vacation 401(k) deferrals and Vacation Buy Back count as paid activity for 401(k) match?

A:

Yes, both are eligible for a Company match to the 401(k) plan.

 

 

Q:

Do Vacation 401(k) deferrals and Vacation Buy Back count toward the accrued hours for quarterly incentive pay rates?

A:

No, quarterly incentive pay rates apply only to block hours flown, regular monthly vacation and deadhead in excess of 200:00 per quarter to a maximum of 330:00.

 

 

Q:

Will Vacation 401(k) deferrals show up on my monthly pay advice?

A:

Yes, they will be included on your February 1, 2018, pay advice.

 

 

Q:

When will the Vacation Buy Back payment be processed?

A:

The Vacation Buy Back payment will be included on your February 1, 2018, pay advice.

 

 

Q:

How will paid Flex Vacation be deducted from my pay?

A:

Your rate of pay on January 1, 2018, will be multiplied by 22:45 (3:15 vacation pay/day x 7 days). That dollar amount will be divided by 24 (12 months; 2 paychecks per month). This dollar amount will be deducted from your first and mid-month paychecks each month.

 

 

Q:

If I take a leave of absence during 2018, how will the Flex Vacation payment be deducted?

A:

If your earnings are insufficient to cover the Flex Vacation deduction, this payment will be shown “in arrears.” Deductions will resume when sufficient earnings are available for the deduction and will continue into 2019, if necessary.

 

 

Q:

What happens if a Flight Attendant leaves the Company after electing paid Flex Vacation?

A:

Any monies owed will be deducted from the Flight Attendant’s final paycheck. Any monies due, if the Flex Vacation has not been used, will be included in the final paycheck

 

 

Q:

How do Special COLAs affect 2018 Vacation accrual? (correction to Vacation Reduction section found on page 5 of the 2018 Vacation Booklet)

A:

A Flight Attendant may have her/his 2018 Vacation reduced for the period of time they are on the Special COLA based on the terms of the Special COLA.

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