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Reserve Vacation Pay Settlement Checks

Date: January 7, 2013
Type: AFA Article

We recently reported on the settlement of MEC 5-12 and have agreed to resolve the Contract violation reducing the Reserve guarantee resulting from the improper application of vacation to Reserve schedules. Reserve Flight Attendants who were on vacation beginning April 2012 through January 2013 and whose Reserve Line, showed a reduced Reserve minimum guarantee, due to the company reducing their guarantee as a result of vacation will receive a separate adjustment check.

In making the determination of how individuals were impacted, the company was able to go back and compare the original value of the Reserve minimum (78) to the reduced value of the Reserve minimum after vacation was applied to the schedule for the specific month involved. This difference represents the number of hours for which Flight Attendant were paid. This value (or difference) was calculated for each month in which a Flight Attendant was on Reserve and had a vacation.

In determining the amount of money to be paid, the monthly difference was multiplied by the applicable hourly rate of pay for the schedule month involved. For those Flight Attendants still progressing through the pay scale, the hourly rate of pay might be different between months. 
In addition, the cumulative total of the hours for all of the months involved was multiplied by $1.93 – the rate of pay for Reserve override.

Following discussions with United Payroll, the company has determined that payments will be processed in the following manner:

Reserves who had vacation in April 2012 to November 2012 were paid in a lump sum by a separate paycheck on January 3, 2013. 

Reserves who had vacation in December 2012 will be paid via a separate paycheck to be issued mid-January.

Reserves who have vacation in January 2013 lines of flying will be adjusted to reflect a Reserve minimum guarantee (78) unreduced by the application of vacation. (As a clarification, the 78 hour Reserve minimum can be reduced by without pay absences including ANP, GWOP and DAT.)

The company expects the automation will be correct for the February 2013 lines of flying.  Such that there will be no reduction to Reserve minimum guarantee.  

Payroll was able to issue checks to all affected Flight Attendants who had vacation in April 2012 to November 2012 on January 3, 2013. (Total payments were made based on the methodology described above.) Payments were made in the same manner (direct deposit or paycheck) by which you receive your regular pay.

In the event you believe you have not been paid the correct number of hours based on the reduction to your Reserve minimum guarantee following the application of vacation, please contact your Local Council Office for assistance. Please be prepared to provide specific information that supports your assertion that an error has been made. Research will be conducted to determine if an error was made and any necessary corrections will be made by the company.

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