Contractual Legal Rest And Your Layover
January 7, 2008
BE ARMED AND DANGEROUS!
SECTION 7.J.1.c. of the Contract states:
“Schedule - A planned legal rest must consist of at least: Eleven (11) hours free from duty at any point away from home where lodging is provided more than approximately fifteen (15) minutes time from the airport.”
If your ID is altered by irregular operations, your XSC meter is assigned a short layover, or you are “walked” to a different hotel than the contract hotel, be aware the Company is sometimes using hotels which are more than “approximately fifteen (15) minutes time”. Most of the time, it will be up to YOU to know that if your layover provides you with less than eleven (11) hours free from duty, you need to be at a field hotel that is within approximately fifteen (15) minutes. (Remember to add applicable check-in and debriefing times to the eleven hours free from duty). Many times, the Crew Desk will not alert Crew Accommodations (the Hotel Desk via FLTLINE) of a change in your layover time, so the Hotel Desk will not be aware that you need a field hotel.
If you believe you will not have a legal rest at any layover station, call the Crew Desk and ask for either a contractually compliant hotel (they will place a remark in your ID and transfer you to the Hotel Desk) or a change in your ID which will afford you a legal rest at the assigned hotel. Do not hesitate to ask to speak with an Operating Manager at the Crew Desk. Cite Section 7.J.1.c. when needed as contractual back-up. Note the names of those you speak with. If you do not get resolution, fill out a TVLLOG and write a Flight Attendant report. Turn these in to your local AFA office as soon as possible for follow up.
The AFA MEC Hotel/Transportation Committee has seen increased numbers of illegal layovers in respect to the above scenarios in locations where the Company is utilizing three (3) different hotels in a given location. AFA objects to the Company’s continued use of these type hotels. Some of the locations we’ve seen these improper hotel assignments include: SJC, DEN, and PDX.
Remember to remain professional yet firm in your dealings with the Crew Desk. Your contractual knowledge is all you need to convince them of their obligation to provide you with a proper hotel!