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Instant Trading and Pick-Ups when Reserve Coverage is Insufficient

Date: September 25, 2018

JCBA Section 7.I.17

Section 7.I.17 of our JCBA, outlines the instant trading provision, Trip Trades and Pick Ups when the Reserve coverage is insufficient and states the following: 

Trip trades with open time will be allowed only when sufficient Reserve coverage exists as determined by Scheduling.

To clarify, all instant trading will be determined by Reserve coverage on the particular days involved in the trade. However, trades may still be allowable using the Bad Day – Worse Day calculations as described in Section 7.N of our JCBA, Trip trades involving trips having days which are blocked due to minimum staffing requirements. 

1. Reserves Needed is the minimum number of Reserve Flight Attendants needed to staff flights, as determined by the Company (“MIN LVL” – available on the CMPD screen in CMS) 

2. Reserves Available reflects the actual Flight Attendant Reserves available for duty (“NET RESV” – available on the CMPD screen in CMS) 

3. To calculate Reserve Coverage for a particular day, subtract Reserves Needed from Reserves Available 

4. To determine Reserve Coverage for a trip pairing, add the cumulative sum of Reserve Coverage for each day of the trip pairing 

Example: Reserve Coverage for this three day trip is –7 (-6+2-3) 

DATE

7TH

8TH

9TH

RESERVES AVAILABLE

94

102

107

RESERVES NEEDED

100

100

110

RESERVE COVERAGE

-6

+2

-3


Flight Attendants desiring to trade two (2) trips each of which contains one (1) or more days that are blocked due to minimum staffing coverage restrictions may do so if the trip being dropped has a greater cumulative sum Reserve Coverage than the trip being picked up, and: 

  • If the trip being dropped occurs later in the month, its lowest Reserve Coverage day can be no more than five (5) lower than the lowest Reserve Coverage day on the trip being picked up, or 
  • If the trip being dropped occurs earlier in the month, its lowest Reserve Coverage can be no lower than the lowest Reserve Coverage day on the trip being picked up. This trade must be executed at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of the trip being dropped 

Additionally, all trip trades involving carryover pairings will be handled pursuant to the rules of Section 7.N. of our JCBA : 

1. The beginning Reserve Coverage for days in carryover trips occurring in the following bid month will be considered to be zero (0) 

2. When a Flight Attendant trades off of a day in a carryover trip which occurs in the following bid month, the Reserve Coverage will be reduced by one (1) 

3. When a Flight Attendant picks up a day in a carryover trip which occurs in the following bid month, the Reserve Coverage will be increased by one (1) 

Flight Attendants are encouraged to become familiar with all the provisions of Section 7.N of our JCBA and to review the example chart calculations detailing how to calculate coverage for an instant trade while using the Reserve coverage in the pool. Through this process a trade with days having below minimum coverage may be completed if the day/days you are trying to trade has a higher deficit in coverage. 

Note: Unlimited open time trading will begin September 27, 2018 and will continue for the remaining bid month. Flight Attendants experiencing issues with a legal trade causing an error message are encouraged to contact the FAST team to process the trade. Once the trade is completed, open an IT ticket by contacting 1-847-700-5800.

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