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Special E-Lines: August 09, 2020

Date: August 9, 2020

Voluntary Furlough

Prior to any involuntary job loss, our Contract protects us by requiring that eligible Flight Attendants be offered an opportunity to take part in a voluntary furlough (Section 18.A.).

Those Flight Attendants who participate in the voluntary furlough:

  • Will continue to accrue and retain seniority
  • Be eligible for the same on-line pass travel benefits (except CJA)
  • Receive Medical and Dental insurance on the same basis as an active Flight Attendant
  • Will not be entitled to furlough pay, but will be eligible to file for unemployment, under the guidelines for your individual state (the same as with COLA)

Additionally, Flight Attendants will be returned to the same base from which voluntary furloughed. If it becomes necessary to extend the specified duration, or a further reduction is necessary, all voluntary furloughs must be rebid.

Bidding for Voluntary Furlough closes tomorrow morning, August 10, 2020 at 8:00AM CT. 

While we requested an extension of the bidding period beyond tomorrow, the company was unable to meet our request. While work on the award will begin at the beginning of the week, the award will not be concluded and results not posted until Thursday, August 13, 2020 pending action by the Senate on the CARES Act and the Payroll Support Program.

The Executive Orders announced yesterday interrupted negotiations for a COVID-19 relief bill and that puts our jobs in jeopardy unless we get Congress to act. Executive orders leave us out in the cold. Our collective action calling our Senators and Representatives has made a difference.  We have unprecedented support in the Senate with well over 80 Senators in support of our extension and no one is against it. We also have similar overwhelming bipartisan support in the House.   We need to keep the calls coming to our known supporters as well as those who have not yet weighed in for us. Because we don’t just need supporters, we need champions who will fight for us.      

We understand that the circumstances we find ourselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are difficult.  The dramatic reduction in passenger demand and the associated schedule reductions by the company are a product of the pandemic.  While we never want to face difficult decisions, but we have to do the best to make fully informed decisions in our best interest.

We encourage you to consider your own individual circumstances and, as we have said throughout this process, only if you want it, submit a bid for voluntary furlough before tomorrow’s 8:00AM CT deadline.



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