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Furlough-Mitigation Partnership– Reducing Involuntary Furloughs

Date: July 22, 2020

Section 16.A.2.c

In last week’s edition of E-lines we reviewed the timeline for submitting for Voluntary Furlough in response to the impending Flight Attendant reduction in force that has been declared for October 1, 2020. As you might expect, there have been a number of questions asking about what happens if there are not a sufficient number of voluntary furloughs to meet the reduction in force announced by management.  

Negotiated in our Contract and as another means to reduce any number of involuntary furloughs are the Furlough Mitigation Partnerships. Bidding for Furlough Mitigation Partnerships follows the award of Voluntary Furloughs.  In this way, the “line” indicates the lowest point on the seniority list at which Flight Attendants below the line are subject to involuntary furlough.  Everyone above that line, the eligible Flight Attendants) are able to form a 13-month Furlough Mitigation Partnership where each partnership formed will reduce the number of involuntary furloughs on a one for one basis.  (Section 16.A.2.c)

Participation in the Furlough Mitigations Partnership Program shall be awarded in system seniority order among eligible Flight Attendants.  Flight Attendants “below” the line may not avoid being placed on involuntary furlough by entering into a Furlough Mitigation Partnership. As we have been saying, if you are subject to involuntary furlough, you cannot bid any of the involuntary furlough reduction programs to save yourself.

The furlough Mitigation Partnership bidding timeline is as follows:




Bids Opened

Bids Close

Awards Posted

July 8, 2020 at 3:00PM CT

August 19, 2020 at 8:00AM CT

August 19, 2020

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