Special COLAs Available for September
July 17, 2019
Inflight Scheduling has determined that there will be an opportunity to award one month and six-month Special COLAs (Company Offered Leave of Absence) effective for the September 2019 bid month. The number of Special COLAs to be awarded has not yet been determined.
Timeline for Bidding and Awards of September 2019 Special COLAs
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 0800 CT
Prior to August 12, 2019
If you are interested in both the one month and six-month Special COLA, please indicate your first and second preference of the duration you prefer. The one month and six-month Special COLAs will be awarded at the same time.
For further details regarding this Special COLA, please refer to the "September 2019 One Month Special COLA Program Information" and "September 2019 Six Month Special COLA Program Information" documents found on Flying Together > Inflight Services > Crew Scheduling.
Additionally, please review Sections 15.C. and 15.N. of our Contract for further details associated with a Special COLA. This Special COLA will include medical benefits at active employee rates. Pay and vacation longevity are not impacted for step increases.
Flight Attendants interested in this Special COLA should submit their bid via CCS under the "Leaves" drop down menu select - Special COLA. For more information on how to apply for a Special COLA in CCS, please review Special COLA Overview section (starting on page 42) in the "COLA, Jobshare and Multiple Month Partnership Overview" located on Flying Together > Inflight Services > Crew Scheduling.
Flight Attendants awarded the September One month and Six-Month Special COLAs will be required to complete any overlapping assignments into the September bid month. Please refer to 15.C.2 (paragraph 15.B.5) of the JCBA. If you do not wish to fly an overlapping trip you may adjust your schedule through the normal process.
Flight Attendants with Backstage Preference months of September or earlier who have not yet attended a Backstage session should pick up a Backstage event in September. Please refer to the Special COLA Program Information for details about scheduling a Backstage event.
Once awarded, Special COLAs cannot be rescinded.