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Base Transfers

Date: February 23, 2019


JCBA Sections 17.A. and 15.A.5.a.

As provided for in Section 17.A of our Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) a Flight Attendant desiring to transfer to a different Base may file a bid, through the Company’s automated system indicating the base to which she/he desires to transfer. Flight Attendants are permitted to have 2 base transfer bids on file at a time. 


When permanent Base vacancies occur, the senior Flight Attendant who has a bid on file will be offered an opportunity to transfer and fill the vacancy A Flight Attendant may withdraw her/his bid at any time prior to the time offered an opportunity to transfer. However, a Flight Attendant who refuses an opportunity to transfer in accordance with a bid shall not file another bid for a period of three (3) months from the date of refusing to transfer. 

Once a Flight Attendant accepts a transfer she/he shall not file another bid for a period of six (6) months from the date of transfer, with the following exceptions;

1.    A Flight Attendant transferred under Section 17.K (Surplus and Relocation Bidding) may bid back to the Base from which surplused without having to wait six (6) months 

2.    A Flight Attendant recalled from furlough, under Sections 18 B and 18 C , to a different Base from which furloughed may submit a bid to any Base without having to wait six (6) months 

Additionally, a Flight Attendant who is transferred to fill a vacancy shall be available to begin the assignment on the date set by the Company, which shall not be less than ten (10) days from the date notified of the assignment, (except as provided in Section 15.A.5.a). Flight Attendant shall be allowed a reasonable period between the time relieved of duties and time required to report at the new base location. Such time shall be established in advance and shall be dependent upon the means of travel. Example: flying or driving. 

Flight Attendants on Leave of Absence may request and be granted a transfer.

Flight Attendants on medical, maternity and military leave shall continue on status following the award of a voluntary transfer.

Flight Attendants on COLA, Special COLA, personal, parental or adoption leave may request to remain on leave following the award of a voluntary transfer.  The Company may grant such request in its discretion.  Otherwise the Flight Attendant shall return from leave status on the effective date of her/his transfer.

For more information please review the terms in the JCBA under Section 15.A.5..

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