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2013 Vacation Bidding

Date: October 5, 2012
Type: AFA Article

The 2013 Vacation bidding process will begin on October 29, 2012. In preparation for this process, United will shortly begin clearing out the 2012 Vacation information and loading the initial data for 2013 vacations.

This process will cause any remaining 2012 vacation information to become inaccessible to Flight Attendants.  If you have vacation scheduled for the month of December 2012 and need a copy of your vacation dates for bidding your December schedule, we recommend you go to your VACBID screen in Unimatic and print a copy of your 2012 vacation bid information before it is removed. Alternatively, you will need to contact the Flight Attendant Service Center (FASC), option 4/4, to request the information a the call center representative to retrieve your December 2012 Vacation dates in the event you are unable to print a hard copy.

Section 18.E. of the Contract provides the timeline for annual Vacation bidding and establishes October 29 as the date on which the primary vacation bid period opens. Prior to the opening of bids, there are a number of steps to go through. The first step in the process is the development of the Reserve Letter List by which Flight Attendants are assigned reserve rotation letters. These lists are now available in the domiciles. Sometime before Vacation bids open on October 29th, Reserve letters and the 2013 vacation accruals will be uploaded in Unimatic.

The number of vacation days accrued and your vacation bidding seniority are based on Company seniority, which may be different from your Flight Attendant seniority. This is outlined in Section 18.B. of our Contract.

Once vacation accruals are finalized to include any reductions provided for by Section 18.c., the Reserve Letter and Vacation accrual information will be loaded into the Unimatic VACBID screens we use when bidding for vacation.  This information will be available no later than the opening of bids on October 29th. More information on Vacation Bidding can be found on our website.

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