Accommodation for those on Extended Maternity Leave
July 24, 2020
Over the past couple of days, we’ve received a number of questions from Flight Attendants who have elected to extend the duration of their maternity leaves to twelve (12) consecutive months following the birth of their child(ren) about how furlough, voluntary or involuntary, intersects with these leaves. Several of you have called the furlough call center and have been advised that you need to advise the company you will be returning to flight duty prior to October 1, 2020, in essence, being told that you must come off maternity leave to be awarded the voluntary furlough. In doing so, there was a view that you would either hold the voluntary furlough if senior enough or you would end up on involuntary furlough.
In discussions with United management, there has come to be a recognition that there could be a circumstance where, depending on where you are positioned on the System Seniority List, you may be too junior to hold the voluntary furlough and yet senior enough to avoid involuntary furlough as a result of the Furlough Mitigation Partnership Award. As a result of coming off your leave to bid for voluntary furlough, you could find yourself in a situation where you might be required to return to work before exhausting the full 12-month extension.
In recognition of this unique circumstance, we have received a commitment from management that the company would be amenable to allowing you to be placed back on your extended maternity status for the balance of your 12-month extension on an exception basis due to the unique circumstances of this reduction in personnel.