Vacation Accrual Impacted by Leaves of Absence
September 29, 2017
As a reminder, the process of determining the vacation accrual to which you are entitled has two steps to it. First, there is an evaluation of the number of hours flown during each vacation quarter. Vacation quarters have been contractually defined as follows:
September – November
December – February
March – May
June - August
During each month of the quarter, vacation accrual is compared against completion of the following hours:
120 Hours or more
60 to 119:59 hours
Fewer than 60 hours
Once that comparison is completed, there is a secondary process that validates Flight Attendants were active for each of the 12 thirty day periods during the Annual Vacation year. For each 30-day period or major portion thereof (prorated), where the Flight Attendant is inactive - that is, on a leave of absence (except occupational illness or injury leave) during the vacation accrual year, vacation accrual is reduced by 1/12.
What does this mean? It is important to understand that vacation accrual is impacted by not only the requirement to meet certain flying metrics (60/120) it is also impacted by leaves of absence. If you have additional questions, contact your Local Council office.