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Reserves Returning from Sick Leave (Section 8.F.4.)

Date: November 6, 2018


In this article, we clarify the assignment procedures specific to Flight Attendants who are on Reserve and are returning from Sick Leave prior to a day of availability. As a reminder, once on Sick Leave, Flight Attendants remain on rolling Sick Leave status until they call to take themselves off Sick Leave.

Flight Attendants not based in GUM must call the FAST team to return from Sick Leave status. (GUM based Flight Attendants must call GUM Crew Scheduling.) Depending on when the Flight Attendant calls off Sick Leave relative to the Reserve Preferencing assignment process, a separate call to Crew Scheduling may be necessary in order to receive her/his Reserve assignment for the following day:

  • If a Reserve calls off sick leave prior to 1600 HDTon the day prior to a day of availability, she/he will be given an assignment through the preferencing system or during the post-preferencing clean-up process and the assignment will be made available via the 1930 automated communication system and online system. (A separate call to Crew Scheduling is not required.)
  • If a Reserve calls off sick leave between 1600 HDT and 1930 HDTon the day prior to a day of availability, she/he will be given an assignment as part of the post-preferencing process via the 1930 automated communication system and online system. (In the event there is no assignment given via the automated means, the Reserve should contact Crew Scheduling to verify her/his assignment.)
  • If a Reserve calls off sick leave after 1930 HDT and up to 2400 HDTon the day prior to a day of availability, a separate call to Crew Scheduling is required and an assignment will be given at the time of the call.(The assignment may be to a pairing, Standby, Ready Reserve, or Release.)
  • A Reserve calling off sick leave any time after 2400 HDTon a day of availability will be considered on sick leave for the calendar day.

    If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council office.


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