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MEC Central Schedule Committee DSL Report

Date: February 2, 2012

DSL Review Information

The DSL meetings to review the March 2012 flying were held January 26 - 27, 2012 and February 1-2, 2012. The crew complement breakdown meeting was held on Friday, January 27, 2012. Attending this meeting were Jean, Dale, Sharlene and Jo. Gary Johnson, Council 38-NRT, attended as the Company’s guest. The Domestic DSL meeting was held Thursday, February 2, 2012. Attending the Domestic DSL meeting for CSC were Dale, Sandy, and Jo. Theresa, Council 10 – SEA, attended as a guest.

CSC received the March 2012 International DSL on Thursday January 26, 2012 for our review. In attendance for the Company at the International DSL meeting were Warren Rys, Tim Wilson, Debbie Cantelon, and Jason Silber. The individual planners joined at different times to review the recommendations of the Committee for crew complement breakdown.

March is a 30-day month, starting March 2, 2012 and ending March 30, 2012, and is the first month of the quarter. International flight transition from Winter to Summer flying times start on March 25, 2012

March 2012 International changes/highlights:

  • Estimated International Line Averages by Domicile:
FRA HKG SFO HNL DCA SEA LAX DEN ORD LHR NRT
82:00 82:00 82:00 84:00 76:00 69:00 76:00 69:00 69:00 75:00 72:00
  • New/Discontinued Flying for March:
    • Effective March 24, SFO/ NRT Flight 853 begins. Flown by SFO on 777
    • Effective March 30, SFO will fly and positioning for SFO/LHR Flight #954 and #955
    • Effective March 31, SFO will fly and positioning for SFO/ FRA Flight# 926 and #927
  • Cancellations – There will be numerous daily cancellations on an ad hoc basis throughout the month of March, as well as cancellations starting on April 2nd for the Easter Holiday period.
  • Major Equipment/Staffing Changes:
    • Flt. 895/896 ORD/HKG/ORD: HKG will fly 10 base positions and 1 MAN LQ. ORD will fly 3 positions and 1 CTN LQ.
    • Flt. 941/940 FRA/ORD/FRA. FRA will fly 5 base positions and 2 GER LQ positions, and ORD will fly 3 positions.
  • Frequency Flying:
    • ORD/AMS will operate 6 times per week- Returns to daily operations March 25
    • IAD/GVA will operate 5 times per week- Returns to daily operations March 25
    • SFO/KIX will operate 5 times per week- Returns to daily operations March 25
    • ORD/BRU will operate 6 times per week- Returns to daily operations March 4
    • IAD/FCO will operate 5 times per week- Returns to daily operations March 25
    • IAD/DME will operate 4 times per week- Returns to daily operations March 25
    • IAD/ACC will operate 5 times per week- Returns to daily operations March 25

Tim began the International meeting addressing the PSS system that is to become effective on March 3, 2012. This will be a major change for the legacy UAL side. To insure a smooth transition the Company has decided to start PSS on a Saturday. Tim explained that Saturday typically has a lighter flight schedule. From March 2, 2012 to March 8, 2012 minimum connections times for Flight Attendants on domestic flights will be increased up to 30 minutes in most cases to insure crews are in place. This will also include deadhead segments. We will also see an increase in Standby reserve assignments for those days.

In the Hawaii markets, the company will not be scheduling turn flying for the period from March 2, 2012 through March 8, 2012 in consideration of PSS day and unique problems associated with the transition.

Regarding staffing, Tim said that the load factors for February are low. However, we pointed out a number of flights that we felt were not adequately pre-staffed and asked that the staffing levels be reviewed. Tim said he would review the loads and get back to us on the flights we listed. Later that day he called to let us know that additional adjustments had been made. He said that manpower planning continues to assess loads on flights up to the time the lines go out for bid and can adjust staffing.

We asked about transfers, Special Leaves and 30 day ANP. Tim told us that transfers will continue to DCA and SFO with a possibility of some transfers to JFK .

The company told us they will be offering Special Leaves of Absence for the three schedule months of March, April and May. In addition, 30-day ANP will be offered for March.

Spring Forward

  • Daylight savings will take place on March 11 for United States, Canada and Mexico. Reserve coverage will be increased.
  • Europe changes to Daylight Savings on March 25, 2012
  • Spring break travel will begin March 10th and continue until the 24th. The company is anticipating higher sick calls during this time and will increase Reserve coverage.

The Spring Schedule will start March 25, and there will be an increase in flying for the new schedule. In general, we will see an increase in frequency of flights rather than new flying.

The Committee received the March 2012 domestic DSL on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 for our review. The meeting was held on February 1.  Jamie Farina ,Char Zmich and Linda Mikucauskas attended for the company. There are schedule changes throughout March that will primarily affect weekends.

We asked a number of questions regarding the domestic DSL we reviewed.  As in the past, we noted that the sit times had increased substantially.  We recognize that one reason for this is loss of flying to UAX.  We recommended a number of changes to reduce sit time in the IDs.

We brought up the issue of layover hotels in Mexico City when Flight Attendant arrives after the train stops operating. The Company said they were aware of the problem and would look into the issue.

When going through the March DSL we found IDs that had not met the parameters which have been established for minimum connection times. Although the discrepancies were small, we expressed concerns that IDs could be constructed which did not meet these minimums connections times. We were told that late changes to aircraft scheduling could affect IDs by a few minutes. We asked that in the future that a list of the affected IDs be provided to CSC.

Note:  Linda later contacted us and said she was able to change a number of IDs to reduce the sit time, allowing for extended layovers.

The Hotel committee requested that CSC ask for a list of all stations the United Express flies into that is a different terminal from main line UAL. The purpose of the list is to inform Flight Attendants of pickup and drop off locations. As a result of our advocacy, the minimum connection time has been increased when transitioning to or from a UAX aircraft to 1:10 minutes.

Starting in March the re-configured 767ME will start flying in the domestic markets. The Company’s plans are to have one plane completed each month for the next 14 months.

CSC Activities

On January 9, 2012, members of CSC participated in the Voluntary Furlough Award. CSC first reviewed the list of Flight Attendants requesting the furlough, but that the Company had determined were not eligible. Following our review of each individual Flight Attendant’s circumstance, we were able to change the company’s determination for three (3) Flight Attendants, allowing them to be included in the award process. Also, during the initial award review, it appeared that approximately 200 of our most junior Flight Attendants would be denied the furlough. CSC then advocated strongly that all eligible Flight Attendants should be awarded Voluntary Furlough.  The advocacy of the Union resulted in the award of Voluntary Furlough to all eligible Flight Attendants who requested the furlough.

CSC continues to monitor the company’s transfer of domicile process. CSC recognizes the importance and sensitivity of this process to all Flight Attendants, especially as most domiciles have been closed for a long period of time. When the company announced in December 2011 Special Language Transfers to ORD (Dutch) and DEN (Spanish), we requested an explanation for why these Special Transfers were needed and the number of transfers anticipated to be awarded. As outlined in our latest DSL report, DEN needed Spanish speakers to cover the LIM flight, and ORD needed NLD speakers to cover operational issues. When the company awarded these language transfers on January 19, 2012, 7 Flight Attendants were awarded transfers to DEN and 3 to ORD.

CSC reviewed the Bid Package Cover Letters for the domiciles, and identified some inaccuracies and out of date information. We subsequently sent a list of the issues we identified, and the company agreed to update the Cover Letters, including the following changes: (1) the Settlement language in MEC 10-96 was added back into that domicile’s cover letter and is now consistent with the language found within the cover letters for other domiciles; (2) the DCA cover letter now clarifies the reserve requirements for crew visas; and (3) the Reserve Move Up notification language has been updated in all domicile cover letters. We encourage Local Schedule Committees to review their domicile Bid Package Cover Letters for errors or omissions of this type.

CSC continues to monitor a number of reports from the company regarding flying, such as reports on moved flying, the international flying distribution, and utilization/line averages. We also monitor information regarding sit times, and length of layovers.

Reserve Lines

We have objected to the Company’s rejection of single-day off patterns and duplicate line patterns. Please continue to recommend the same reserve patterns you traditionally submit every month. Of course, every effort should be made to meet the other coverage targets. Should your recommendations include lines with a single-day off (except on the first or last day of the month) and/or duplicate lines, and the lines are rejected by the Company, please be prepared to submit an additional recommendation complying ‘under protest’. Please retain a copy of the original reserve recommendations submitted and the recommendations submitted ‘under protest’ and provide copies to Central Schedule Committee.

We continue to see the Company setting reserve targets such that the traditional patterns which have been used to provide coverage aren’t being accepted. Should you be unable to meet the targets, please contact your Schedule Planner and request a copy of the Company’s solution. If you still can’t meet the targets using the traditional patterns, contact a member of CSC prior to making any changes to your recommendations. We need to bear in mind that the Company’s solution is a mathematical solution, and is not based on any pattern.

Again, if you are unable to make a recommendation that meets the Company’s parameters, contact a member of Central Schedule Committee. Please keep Central Schedule Committee informed – copy us in on your correspondence with the Company and save any reserve recommendations that are rejected.

Transfers – Effective March 1, 2012

Date awarded DCA SFO JFK
01/12/2012 None on file 4 (All on file) 10
01/19/2012 2 (All on file) 2 (All on file) 10
01/26/2012 2    

Special LQ Transfers

Date awarded ORD-NLD DEN-SPN
01/19/2012 3 (All on file) 7 (All on file)

Please review any transfer request(s) you may have on file and delete those for which you no longer have an interest.  Transfers awarded and not subsequently accepted will restrict additional transfer opportunities for individual Flight Attendants for a period of three (3) months as provided in Section 22.A.2.

30 Day ANP Award

On January 26, 2012 the Company awarded a total of 134 30-day ANP Leaves for February 2012:

FRA 1 01/12/92 HKG 7 08/16/97
LHR 0 N/A NRT 3 07/19/97
BOS 2 04/18/95 DCA 44 09/10/07
DEN 5 03/03/08 HNL 0 N/A
JFK 15 2/18/08 LAS 1 03/11/02
LAX 8 1/16/08 ORD 22 02/25/08
SEA 5 07/18/98 SFO 21 01/21/08

As a reminder, additional 30-Day ANP may be awarded before the start of the schedule month. If you do not want 30-Day ANP for February, be sure and remove your request.

Special Leaves/30 - Day ANP Award – February 2012

At our meeting Tim told us that the company will offer three month Special Leaves for March, April and May. Also, he anticipates awarding 30-day ANP for the month of March. The number of awards and locations has not yet been determined.

We encourage all Flight Attendants to review the impact of consecutive 30-day ANP periods or 30-day ANP in conjunction with a Special Leave on sick leave, vacation, travel, insurance and seniority. The company reviews manpower requirements and may award additional 30-day ANP after the initial award. Remember: Please ensure you remove any requests you may no longer have an interest in following the initial award.

Contract Compliance Information

The new fax number for ASP at Willis Towers is 847-264-3602.  If you send any recommendations by fax, please be sure to use this new fax number.

We remind Local Schedule Committees that CSC does not review every weekend and exception pairing during our initial review of the DSL. We recognize the volume of IDs we are all working with has grown exponentially and that it is difficult to catch errors. We bring this to your attention to heighten your awareness that this can occur and ask for your cooperation by completing a thorough review of the DSL.

We continue to receive reports the Company is failing to meet its Contractual obligation as provided for in Section 12.H. of the Contract to have Lines of Flying and Key Pages available at major international layover locations in sufficient supply for three (3) twenty-four hour periods during the bid process. The Company is improperly relying on Flight Attendants to deliver these bid packages to Flight Attendants on layover. Please continue to provide reports to your Local Council. We continue to receive reports on this issue. Theresa has written Tim Wilson requesting an explanation of the process used by the Company in meeting this obligation.

It is incumbent on Local Schedule Committee Chairpersons to ensure that recommendations for the construction of relief and reserve move-up lines of flying are submitted to the Company as required by the Contract. Please send these recommendations via e-mail to Sue Cleverly at Susan.Cleverly@united.com, and copy in Craig.Lister@united.com. Additionally, please copy in csc@unitedafa.org. If you have any questions, please contact a member of Central Schedule Committee.

Please note, as a reminder, given our current low line average environment, pursuant to Section 9.A.2, lines of flying must be constructed so that the average of all lines at each domicile is not less than sixty-nine (69) hours. We emphasize that the Local Schedule Committees must review the line averages for the primary and relief lines as a whole. If you find that the line average of the primary and relief lines fall below sixty-nine hours (69) hours, please contact any member of Central Schedule Committee immediately.

We continue to dispute the Company’s arbitrary restriction on line values to less than 100 hours. Please continue to submit patterned lines even if the value of the line exceeds 100 hours. Contact Central Schedule Committee should you have questions or concerns.

We appreciate the efforts of Local Schedule Committees to copy CSC in the distribution list of recommendations sent electronically to the Company. We continue to receive reports of problems with electronic delivery because of technological difficulties. Please continue to arrange to have a back-up plan for submitting these to the Company. In addition, continue to include Central Schedule Committee by either FAX (847 292-7180) or e-mail at csc@unitedafa.org.

Future Dates

Please contact your Schedule Planner to arrange for transmission of the DSL. Federal Express is available when necessary. If you plan to build using AFLYER, please let your planner know once you have received your DSL. We encourage you to use the time available to consider all possibilities before submitting these recommendations to the Company.   Please contact a member of CSC if you have questions or are interested in additional suggestions.

Advance Schedule Planning maintains a centralized email account to be used as a back-up for the Schedule Planners. The email address is ADVSCHEDPLANSK@united.com. Local Schedule Committee who transmit recommendations via email should use both their schedule planner’s email address as well as ADVSCHEDPLANSK@united.com. We remind all locals that FAX or FEDEX remain options when submitting recommendations.

We continue to disagree with the verbiage in the DSL allowing time for Planners to make fixes. We want to emphasize the fact that Local Schedule Committees will be given three days to complete recommendations. SWLOF, or Build and Review, is the contractual period of time for any unresolved disputes to be addressed. During this time, Schedule Planners are to be contacting LSCs for assistance with fixes.

Please do not allow any Company representative to require changes if you are uncomfortable making the changes. Please get the name of the representative, the reason for the rejection and immediately contact a member of Central Schedule Committee.

Timeline Information for Building the March 2012 Schedule:

International LOFs
International DSL Review by CSC Monday-Tuesday, February 27 - 28, 2012
International DSL to Schedule Committees Thursday , March 1,2012
International Recommendations to ASP 23:59 on Monday, March 5, 2012
Reserve LOFs
Reserve Targets to Schedule Committees Thursday , March 1,2012
Reserve recommendations to ASP 23:59 on Monday, March 5, 2012
Domestic LOFs
Domestic DSL Review by CSC Tuesday-Wednesday, February 28-29,2012
Domestic DSL to Schedule Committees Wednesday , February 29,2012
Domestic Recommendations to ASP 23:59 on Tuesday, March 6, 2012
SWLOF
Line Review Tuesday-Thursday, March 6– 8, 2012

The Company’s scheduled guests for the upcoming DSL meetings are:

February - BOS March – SEA April- JFK, NRT

International Flying Distribution (Section 12.B.1.A)

Summary of international block hours assigned to U. S. domiciles:

Schedule Month: October November December
Pre-scheduled: 76.9% 76.3% 76.8%
Actual: 78.6% 76.5% 77.1%

February 2012 International Flying Summary

DCA DXB, NRT, MUC, FCO, BRU, GVA, DME,GRU,KWI SJU, SXM, GRU/GIG/GRU, ACC, PEK, EZE, BRU/EWR/BRU, KWI/BAH/KWI, ZRH/EWR/ZRH, GCM, CUN/ORD, PUJ/MUC, ZRH/EWR, AUA/ORD/MUC, MBJ/ORD, ORD/AUA, SXM/ORD/CUN, MEX, PUJ, ORD/MUC, AUA
ORD NRT, HKG, MUC, PVG, PEK, HNL, LHR, AMS, CDG, GRU, CUN, FRA, MEX, CZM, SJU, BRU/EWR/BRU/EWR, LIR, SJD, PVR, EWR/SXM/EWR/SXM, CUN/IAD/MBJ, AUA/IAD/MUC, OGG, PUJ/MUC
DEN PVR, OGG, LIH, IAH/LIM/IAH, HNL, CUN, MEX/LAX,SJD
LAX OGG, HNL, KOA, LIH, SYD, NRT, PVG, SYD/MEL/SYD, HNL/SFO, MEX/ORD/MEX, DEN/PVR, OGG/SFO, OGG/DEN, DEN/SJD, SJD/DEN/SJD/DEN ,CUN
SEA NRT
SFO NRT, SYD, FRA, PVG, ICN, PEK, HNL, OGG, KIX, KOA, LIH, MEX, SJD, PVR, HNL/LAX, CUN, MEX/LAX/MEX, OGG/KOA/ORD,LAX/SJD/DEN/CUN, LHR
HNL LAX, SFO, GUM, SFO/LAX
NRT BKK, SIN, HNL, GUM/GUM/GUM/GUM, GUM/GUM/GUM/GUM/GUM, TPE/NRT/ICN/NRT/ICN
HKG SFO, ORD
LHR IAD, ORD, LAX, SFO
FRA ORD, IAD

February 2012 Flying by Language Position

DCA ARA DXB, KWI/BAH/KWI , KWI FRA - BRU, GVA GER - MUC, ZRH/EWR/ZRH, , EWR/ZRH  ITL FCO JPN - NRT  MAN –PEK  NLD – BRU/EWR/BRU POR - GRU/GIG/GRU   RUS - DME  SPN - EZE, SJU, MEX, HINDXB 
ORD CTN - HKG  FRA - CDG , BRU/EWR/BRU, GER- FRA, MUC, JPN NRT MAN - PEK, PVG, NLD - AMS, BRU POR- GRU SPN MEX, MEX/LAX/MEX, SJU
SFO GER – FRA JPN - KIX, NRT MAN - PVG, PEK SKO – ICN SPN – MEX, LAX/MEX, MEX/DEN, MEX/LAX/MEX
NRT JPN - SEA, BKK, SIN, GUM/GUM/GUM/GUM/, GUM/GUM,TPE/NRT/ICN/NRT/ICN, MAN SIN, HNL, TPE/TPE  SKO- ICN/NRT/ICN/NRT/ICN, ICN/NRT/ICN/NRT/ICN/NRT/ICN
HKG CTN – SFO MAN – SFO, ORD
FRA GER – IAD,ORD
HNL JPN NRT
LAX JPN - NRT SPN – MEX, ORD/MEX MAN – PVG
DEN SPN- IAH/LIM

February 2012 Line Averages

DOMICILE NO. AMERICA
AVERAGE
LINEHOLDER
NUMBER
INTERNATIONAL
AVERAGE
LINEHOLDER
NUMBER
BOS 69:04 231    
DCA 78:01 522 77:59 1025
DEN 69:02 509 70:03 97
JFK 69:02 484    
LAS 69:11 156    
LAX 71:04 441 70:59 603
ORD 68:41 663 70:27 1169
SEA 68:50 173 77:43 59
SFO 79:56 435 80:00 1016
FRA     77:50 212
HKG     81:55 235
HNL     78:16 116
LHR     75:57 414
NRT     82:05 296
SYSTEM TTLS North America 3614 International 5242

*These line averages do not include relief lines. Please ensure line averages are in compliance with Sections 9.A.2, 9.A.3 & 9.A.3.b after relief bids have opened.

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