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Representing United Airlines Flight Attendants based at NRT. Local CWA #29038

Miso Scoop - Update, Reassignments, Contacting Reserves, OOB Clarification (Feb 16, 2019)

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    New Tokyo Intl Airport
    Terminal 1 - Central Building
    P.O. Box 168
    Narita-shi, Chiba-ken
    282-0011 Japan
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Rick Gonzalez

Rick Gonzalez

LEC President
Tony Wetterer

Tony Wetterer

LEC Vice President

E-Mail: tony@afanrt.org

Sato Matsuhiro

Sato Matsuhiro

LEC Secretary

E-Mail: sato@afanrt.org

Dana Shimoda-Fraiola

Dana Shimoda-Fraiola

Council Representative

E-Mail: dana@afanrt.org

Nobu Masui

Nobu Masui

Council Representative

E-Mail: nobu@afanrt.org

Miso Scoop - Update, Reassignments, Contacting Reserves, OOB Clarification (Feb 16, 2019)

In this edition:

  • Update from Rick
  • Reassignments
  • Contacting Reserves Outside Last Hour of Legal Rest
  • Clarification of Out of Base Pickup by International Based Flight Attendants

Update from Rick

Gong Xi Fa Cai, Gong Hei Fat Choy and Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!  We hope this year brings us all good health, prosperity, and of course, less glitches.

A quick update on what’s been going on so far this year.  Things have been busy so far, with our first ever LEC teleconference meeting, our quarterly MEC Meeting in January, followed by the CWA District 9 meeting in Oakland California at the end of January.  I would like to thank everyone who participated in the LEC teleconference, and I hope you found this format to be valuable in updating you on what’s been going on with our Union and around the system.

On March 13th we will be holding a regular LEC meeting (time TBD), and then I will be in Denver the next week for the AFA Board of Directors meeting.  The BOD in Denver is a one-day Budget meeting and we will review it, and any other open items during the LEC meeting.

And in April we will have our next MEC meeting, during which time we will be electing our next set of Negotiators as we gear up for Contract Negotiations.  While not yet fully implemented, our JCBA becomes amendable on August 28, 2021, with a provision for an early opener 270 days prior to that. Once the Negotiators are elected, one of their first orders of business will be to survey the membership on what you want to see in the next Contract.  The surveys are what give the Negotiators and the AFA Leadership guidance during the negotiations, so it is imperative that everyone participates, so that we have a clear picture on which way to go.  

Now some updates.


Recently with all of the snow in the Midwest, and irregular OPS, we’ve been getting a lot of questions regarding reassignments.  Keep in mind that reassignments for those of us based Internationally is a little different so if you have any questions, please make sure to contact any of the Local Officers.

Reassignments are covered under Section 7.Q of the JCBA.  

One of the most common questions we get is ‘when subject to reassignment, do I need to call every day, once a day?’  The answer is no.  If you receive notice on the same calendar day as your departure (7.Q.1), then Crew Scheduling needs to give you your reassignment within four hours (4:00). At this point you are either given a replacement pairing, and upon request you will be provided a hotel room at Base for reassignments departing the next day.  OR, with the concurrence of CS, you can be relieved of all assignment responsibility with no loss of pay.

If you receive notice of one or more calendar days (7.Q.3), and the company does not advise you of a replacement pairing, or relieve you from duty, then you have the option to:

a.     Make up the lost time on days not originally scheduled to fly, in which case your line guarantee will be adjusted.  You will then be relieved of all reassignment responsibility; or

b.     Make up the time as close as possible to the time lost on days originally scheduled to fly with no loss of pay.  You will then be relieved of all reassignment responsibility; or

c.     Be subject to reassignment in accordance with the following

1)     After 1600 local time the day before check-in of the original trip, you may contact scheduling, during which time they will advise you if you are to be given a trip.

2)     If you choose to remain subject to reassignment, then you must contact Scheduling between 1800 and 2200 local time the day before the original trip was scheduled to depart.  Scheduling will either reassign you, or relieve you of all reassignment responsibility with no loss of pay.

What about pairings that are guaranteed because of my reassignment?

The company and AFA have agreed that a reassignment pursuant to Section 7.Q.4.c. may interfere with the next scheduled trip in the Flight Attendant’s line. That trip will be pay protected (Guaranteed) and the Flight Attendant will: 

1.     Be subject to further reassignment if that next trip was on the Flight Attendant’s line as the result of a trip trade that required a waiver of the home domicile rest (reduced rest).  If this is the case, any reassignment may also interfere with the next scheduled trip on the Flight Attendant’s line for which she/he will be pay guaranteed and not subject to further reassignment, or

2.     Be guaranteed for the next trip, but not be subject to further reassignment if that next trip was on the Flight Attendant’s original line or was the result of a trip trade that did not require a waiver of home domicile rest (reduced rest).  

Reassignments and compensation

Scenario #1 - Reassignment ‘after’ leaving the Base.  Section 7.Q.5.a

A:  Your pairing works NRT-SFO-NRT.  You are in SFO, and your flight back to Narita is delayed 8:00 hours, which you are notified for.  In this scenario you do not get any additional compensation, since the delayed flight returned you to base no later than 12:00 after your original scheduled arrival.

B:  NRT-SFO-NRT.  You are in SFO, and your flight back to Narita cancels due to a mechanical.  You now leave SFO one day later and arrive back to your base 24 hours after your scheduled arrival (more than 12 hours). In this scenario you will be considered as Drafted for your return flight, and will be eligible for 3:00 hours of Drafting pay.

Scenario #2 – Reassignment ‘before’ leaving the Base.  Section 7.Q.4.d

Your pairing for today NRT-SFO-NRT, cancels in Narita, and you are reassigned to NRT-SFO-NRT, departing the next day.  This is a legal reassignment, since the return gets you back to NRT no later than 24 hours after your original scheduled arrival.  In this scenario, you would be eligible for reassignment pay, which is $15 for every hour past your original scheduled arrival, or $360. Additionally, as mentioned above, you would be eligible for a hotel room in Narita upon request.  

A final note:  Flight Attendants based at International Domiciles may not be reassigned to domestic flying.  

MEC 3 – 19  Contacting Reserves Outside Last Hour of Legal Rest – Sustained! (From AFA E-Lines)

On January 15, 2019, MEC 3-19 was filed protesting the company’s violation of Section 8.I.3.c. of the JCBA when the company contacted Flight Attendants earlier than during the last hour of legal rest.  

Section 8.I.3.c. provides,  “Upon release to [legal] rest, Scheduling will only contact a Reserve during the last hour of the [legal[ rest period at the home base.”

We are pleased to report the grievance was sustained and the clear and unambiguous language of the JCBA prohibits this contact, even on a courtesy call basis to advise Reserves about early morning assignments.

As a remedy, the company has agreed to restarting the rest period when Reserves are contacted in advance of the last hour of her/his legal rest period at the home domicile.

The Crew Scheduler may restart rest as soon as she/he discovers the error.  If this does not occur, the individual Flight Attendants whose legal rest has been interrupted must bring the violation to the Company’s attention within the same rest period in which the improper contact was made.

What does this decision mean and how does this impact Flight Attendants?

There are two very important issues Flight Attendants must be aware of as a result of this decision.  

First, Flight Attendants receiving Reserve assignments during the Reserve Preference process will continue to be responsible for assignments that might once have been covered by courtesy calls.  Said another way, courtesy calls should not be made nor should they be expected.

Secondly, this decision places a level of responsibility on Flight Attendants to know their legal rest legalities at home.  For example, if your domestic legal rest is twelve (12) hours, the company may contact you during the eleventh (11) hour to notify you of assignment. If the crew desk contacts you during the tenth (10) hour, you must advise the company of the violation within that rest period, that is before twelve (12) hours in order to reset rest.  

Conversely, if you return from an international pairing where the flight/DH time in the last duty period is between 14:01 – 16:30, your rest period at home is twenty-four (24) hours in which case the company may call you during your twenty-third (23) hour of rest to advise you of your next assignment.  In order to reset rest, you must notify the company during that rest period or before the end of the 24th hour if your legal rest has been compromised by a call prior to the 23rd hour.

Knowing your contractual legal rest is the best way of ensuring your legal rest at home is protected.

OOB - Clarification of Out of Base Pickup by International Based Flight Attendants

New Information

When entering the United States intending to pick up international flying working from a U.S. base, Flight Attendants without a U.S. Passport/green card should be using their C1/D visa to enter the United States even when entering the country on a personal travel pass. Using a tourist visa to enter the U.S. for the purpose of picking up an International flight working from the United States is to be avoided based on recommendations from Labor Relations.

When working the International flight from the U.S., use you C1/D Visa for departure and re-entry to the United States to remain in compliance. 

Legalities (March)


Please refer to section 6.T of your contract for all duty time limitations. Outbound flights are for NRTSW reference (visiting Flight Attendant legalities may be different).  


Scan the bar code for a printer friendly copy of the legalities(.pdf)


*Please note: All times are subject to change. The Narita International Airport curfew is from 2300 – 0600, with an aircraft pushback by 2245, unless (due to unusual circumstances) the curfew is extended by the NAA.*


Flight Number (Outbound)

Max ACT Duty








838 NRT-SFO (31MAR/01APR)






33 NRT-LAX (31MAR/01APR)





0236 (Curfew)

902 NRT-HNL (31MAR/01APR)


0206 (Curfew)












0806 (Curfew)




142 NRT-DEN (31MAR/01APR)






Flight Number (Inbound)

Max ACT Duty





837 SFO-NRT (02-08MAR)



837 SFO-NRT (eff. 09MAR)



837 SFO-NRT (31MAR/01APR)



32 LAX-NRT (02-08MAR)



32 LAX-NRT (eff. 09MAR)






903 HNL-NRT (eff.29MAR)



7 IAH-NRT (02-07MAR)

+ 3:30


7 IAH-NRT (08-30MAR)

+ 3:30


7 IAH-NRT (eff.28MAR)

+ 3:30





828/827 GUM-NRT-GUM






873/874 GUM-NRT-GUM



143 DEN-NRT (02-08MAR)

+ 3:30


143 DEN-NRT (09-28MAR)

+ 3:30


143 DEN-NRT (eff. 31MAR)

+ 3:30



+ 3:30






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