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Vacated Vacation Periods for those Participating in the VSL in Open Time

Date: March 2, 2021

The unused vacation periods of those Flight Attendants participating in the voluntary separation leave were returned to vacation open time this afternoon at all domiciles and satellite bases. Replacing what would otherwise have been a time-consuming manual process to vacate these vacations, working with United’s IT Department, an automate process was put into place today. 

As required by the language in Section12.H.3. of our Contract, vacation days awarded in the first or second rounds of vacation bidding that are later vacated throughout the Scheduled Vacation Year will be made available for trading. 

This process took place this afternoon and, based on the volume of trades, there was what might best be described as a “back up” in processing the instant trade requests resulting in the requested trades showing as “pending.” However, what must be understood is that all of those “pending” instant trades were processed based on the time they were entered into the system – that is, in the order received.  All vacation trades that were backed up were processed by around 4:45 pm CT today.

Please be sure to check you My Vacation screen to determine if any vacation trades you may have placed on file were processed as a result of clearing up the pending backlog this afternoon.

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