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Commuter Policy Review

Date: November 27, 2018

MEC Grievance Committee

We understand that weather events have the potential to affect those commuting to work and even when putting into place a conservative plan to arrive in time for our flight assignments, things happen unexpectedly.  For this reason, we encourage Flight Attendants to review the Commuter Policy as provided for in Section 28 of the JCBA. 

Specific circumstances under which a Flight Attendant may be unable to report for a scheduling assignment include:

1. Un-forecast severe weather conditions or other natural disasters (i.e., blizzards, hurricanes, earthquakes, and other similar events), or
2. Hazardous or impassable roads resulting from severe weather, accidents, or natural disasters, or
3. Mechanical problems while on the way to work, or
4. Unexpected airport disruption(s) or closures

In order for a Flight Attendant to utilize the Commuter Program there are a number of provisions which must be met.  Refer to Section 28 of our JCBA or the educational article on our MEC website.  Once Flight Attendants have notified scheduling and have initiated the Commuter Program with Crew Scheduling, they should establish with scheduling if they are expected to continue to travel to their respective base. Unless scheduling releasing the Flight Attendant during the notification process, Flight Attendants are expected to continue to their base.  There are NO defined time frames within which this is to be accomplished.

Flight Attendants can find additional information on the guidelines for utilizing the Commuter Policy on pages 218-222 of our JCBA as well as on www.unitedafa.org

If you have questions about the policy, please contact your Local Council Office.

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