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Review of Vacation Accrual

Date: May 3, 2019


MEC Communications Committee

As we rapidly approach the start of the busy summer travel season, a timely reminder on how Sick & Occupational Injury Bank and Vacation Accrual are impacted by paid activity during each month of the quarter.  The Flight Attendant schedule month of May represents the final month of the third quarter of the accrual year for both vacation and sick leave.

Designated Bid Month Quarters

First Quarter

September

October

November

Second Quarter

December

January

February

Third Quarter

March

April

May

Fourth Quarter

June

July

August

Keep in mind, Flight Attendants receive full vacation accrual (100%) if she/he has one hundred-twenty (120) hours or more of paid activity in each quarter of the twelve (12) month period ending in August schedule month.  This vacation accrual year started in September 2018 and will end in August 2019.

Flight Attendants will receive fifty percent (50%) of the full vacation accrual if she/he has fewer than one hundred twenty (120) hours but at least sixty (60) hours of paid activity for the designated quarter during the vacation accrual year (9/2018 – 8/2019).

A Flight Attendant will accrue no vacation if she/he has fewer than sixty (60) hours of paid activity for the designated quarter.

With the exception of new hires, a Flight Attendant’s vacation accrual is based on completed years of service with the Company. Newly employed Flight Attendants accrue one day of vacation for each full month of employment until they reach a full completed year of service. If employed prior to the 15th of the month, full vacation credit for that month will be accrued.

Keep in mind, however, that vacation accrual may be reduced based on:

  • Paid activity within the vacation accrual year that does not meet the threshold or,
  • Leaves of absences taken during the accrual year

Vacation is taken within the Scheduled Vacation Year following the Vacation Accrual Year. For example, the vacation days we accrue from September 2018 through August 2019 will be taken in the 2020 Vacation Year.

Completed Years

of Service

Base Vacation

(Full) Accrual

Vacation +

7 Days Optional Flex

1-4 Years

12 Days

19 Days

5-9 Years

19 Days

26 Days

10-16 Years

26 Days

33 Days

17-24 Years

33 Days

40 Days

25+ Years

40 Days

47 Days

Flight Attendants are credited with four (4) hours of sick leave credit in their sick leave bank and four (4) hours of sick leave in their occupational injury bank for each month of their employment to be credited on a quarterly basis as follows:

A Flight Attendant shall receive full sick leave bank and occupational injury leave bank if she/he has one hundred twenty (120) hours or more of paid activity in each quarter of the 12-month period ending in the August schedule month.  (Designate quarters are as defined above.)

A Flight Attendant shall receive 50% of the full sick leave bank and occupational injury leave bank accruals if she/he has fewer than 120 hours but at least sixty (60) hours of paid activity for the designated quarter.

A Flight Attendant shall receive no sick leave bank and occupational injury bank accruals if she/he has fewer than sixty (60) hours of paid activity for the designated quarter.

Section 12 – Vacation and Section 13 – Sick Leave of our JCBA provide additional information regarding these accruals.  If you have additional questions, contact your Local Council Office.

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