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December Schedule Month Special COLAs Cancelled only at EWR

Date: November 5, 2020

Earlier today, management announced due to higher than anticipated demand, Special COLAs will be awarded only in GUM and LHR for the December schedule month.  Further, only at EWR, the company will cancel all awarded Special COLAs for the month of December consistent with the provisions of Section 16.C.3. and 16.B.7 of our Contract.

Under our Contract, the company may cancel Special COLAs by base and must provide Flight Attendants with a reasonable amount of time for return to work and, as a consequence of the cancellation, the company shall not cancel another COLA in EWR for two (2) years following the month in which the COLA was cancelled.

We want to eliminate any confusion.  All other Special COLAs awarded at any of the other bases & satellites will remain in effect.   This cancellation affects the 118 Flight Attendants at EWR who were awarded a December Special COLA as part of the three month Special COLA award from October.

Because the company will not be offering Special COLAs at other than GUM and LHR, Flight Attendants at each base may elect to bid a No Activity Line (NAL) schedule at all bases and satellites where there are participants in the IVFMP program at the base. As a reminder, NAL schedules are empty lines with no assigned flying. Flight Attendants awarded NAL schedules may elect to not fly for the month, or may elect to pick up pairings through advertisements, up to 35 hours for the month.  The 35 hour limits the amount of time you are able to pick up from advertisements and is not a pay limitation.  If you have vacation during the month, those vacation hours are paid in addition to the 35 hours picked up from advertisements and do not limit your ability to pick up from ADs.

Those in the IVFMP, as a default, may fly a regular schedule if all the NAL are awarded to more senior Flight Attendants.   If there is not a sufficient number of more senior Flight Attendants who elect to fly one of the NAL schedules assigned at the base, NAL schedules will be assigned in inverse order of seniority to those participating in the IVFMP.  If you are an IVFMP participant and wish to be assigned an NAL schedule, you should bid for an NAL schedule.  Keep in mind, however, you may be assigned to a regular schedule if more senior Flight Attendants bid for the NAL schedules.

To bid for a NAL schedule, in CCS under the bidding tab, select No Activity Line (NAL) Bid no later than 12:00 Noon CT on Friday, November 13, 2020.

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