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Commuter Program Offers Protections for Air and Surface Commuters

Date: March 15, 2019

Commuter Program Offers Protections for Air and Surface Commuters
JCBA Section 28

With the recent spring snow storm event that inundated the Denver area this week, many DEN based Local Flight Attendants, who commute to the airport via automobile, bus, train, or public surface transportation were met with impassable roads, closed highways and cancelled public transportation. This left many Flight Attendants who commute to their base locally, inquiring about the Commuter Program and if any of the protections provided in section 28 of our JCBA pertained to Flight Attendants that drive or use other means to commute to the airport for their assignments. To be clear, all Flight Attendants that commute by air or surface are provided commuting protections in the language of our JCBA, Section 28. In fact, the Commuter Program provides distinct guidelines for Flight Attendants that commute by surface/rail while at the same time providing separate provisions for Flight Attendants that commute by air. In either case we encourage Flight Attendants to read the Commuter Program, Section 28 in its entirety and become familiar with all of the provisions and requirements specific to their circumstances. 

Flight Attendants who commute by air can find detailed information in our Commuter Program educational article, available on unitedafa.org or by referencing their JCBA page 219. 

Flight Attendants that commute by automobile, bus, train, or public surface transportation can reference Section 28.B.4, which contains the following information.

Flight Attendants who commute by automobile, bus, train, or public surface transportation must exercise good judgment and exert every reasonable effort to report for work. By doing so, they will be afforded the same privileges contained in the Section for unforeseen events related to severe unforecasted weather conditions or natural disasters which render roads hazardous or impassable, or enroute mechanical problems, provided that they call their Inflight Duty Office as soon as the unforeseen event becomes known and it appears she/he will not make it to the airport to arrive at her/his domicile in time for their scheduled report (e.g., road accident, mechanical breakdown, severe weather).

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

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