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Reserve Move-up Lines and Sacred Days with Vacation

Date: November 23, 2018

We have received a number of questions on how sacred days, that is, days immediately prior to and following a period of vacation apply for Flight Attendants awarded Reserve schedules. The application of the Contract language addressing sacred days for Reserves differs somewhat from the manner in which it is applied for Lineholders.

For lineholders, the days off immediately prior to and following an awarded vacation period based on the original line of flying are considered sacred days.

For Reserves, days off preceding or following vacation days that were in the original Reserve line are not considered as sacred days for the purpose of building a Reserve Move-up line of flying.

When a Reserve Move-up line of flying is built, trips are filled in to complete the line around vacation and, if possible, any protected days. If protected days cannot be honored, the Flight Attendant will be skipped until those days can be honored.

However, one the Reserve move-up line of flying is completed, any days off preceding or following vacation in the Reserve move-up line of flying are then considered sacred days. 

Details regarding the Reserve Move-up process may be found in Section 8.B. of the JCBA as well as the Reservesection of our website, unitedafa.org.

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

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