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Flight Attendant Corporate Fatigue Policy

Date: July 10, 2018

The corporate Flight Attendant Fatigue Policy applies to all Flight Attendants without regard to pre-merger affiliation. As we all know, our corporate Core4 initiative is centered on the principles of Safe, Caring, Dependable and Efficient and these principles form the very foundation upon which we all work. A corporate fatigue policy that ensures the safety of crew and the passengers in our care could not be more of a foundational part of what Core4 is all about.

As with any corporate policy, it is our responsibility to ensure we understand what the policy provides for and what it does not promote. We encourage Flight Attendants to review the company policy on fatigue, how it applies to you and the procedures you are required to follow in any circumstance where you are too fatigued to fly.  

Some important key points of United’s Fatigue Policy are:

The company policy on fatigue states, “Any Flight Attendant who claims to be too fatigued to fly will be removed from her/his schedule. This will ensure that the safety of our passengers and crew is not compromised. However, any Flight Attendant who claims to be too tired to work must give the company a reason for her/his fatigue. The reason given will be used to determine whether the Flight Attendant’s removal from schedule is documented as excused or unexcused.” 

When a Flight Attendant invokes the Fatigue Policy she/he may be called upon to explain the reason why she/he was fatigued and may be required to visit a medical facility designated by the company. The company policy on fatigue also includes examples of situations of excused fatigue and unexcused fatigue. An excused absence for fatigue will not be used for disciplinary purposes. An unexcused absence for fatigue will result in the assignment of attendance points and may, in and of itself or in conjunction with other incidents, be used in assessing discipline under the attendance policy. The company has defined in their policy what would constitute an “excused” fatigue absence and “unexcused” fatigue absence.

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

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