Pre-Departure COVID-19 Testing
March 12, 2021
Addressing the ever-increasing need for pre-departure COVID-19 testing for flights to certain destinations outside the United States, the United MEC entered into a Letter of Agreement with management to ensure Flight Attendants are compensated when reporting early to support these testing requirements.
Flight Attendants who are required to submit to pre-departure COVID-19 testing may be required to report up to sixty (60) minutes earlier than provided for in Section 6.R.2. of our Contract. The total report time, including any extension, may not exceed two hours and fifteen minutes (2:15) prior to scheduled departure.
There is a pay component associated with this additional time:
- We will be paid at a rate of $5.00 for every five minute (0:05) increase over the time listed in Section 6.R.2. up to a maximum of fifteen minutes (0:15).
- We will be paid at a rate of $15.00 for each additional five minute (0:05) increase beyond the original 15 minutes (0:15) up to a maximum of $135.00 for forty-five (0:45)
- This additional “early report” compensation does not offset any other pay factors
A Flight Attendant reporting two hours and fifteen minutes (2:15) prior to flight departure, that is one hour early,
Paid a total of $150.00 ($15.00 for 0:15 + $135 for 0:45)
A Flight Attendant reporting one hour and forty-five minutes prior to scheduled departure, that is :45 minutes early
Paid a total of $105.00 ($15 for 0:15 + $90 for 0:30)
A Flight Attendant reporting two hours prior to scheduled departure
Paid a total of $60 ($15 for 0:15 + $45 for 0:15)
Standby Reserves who are required to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, while on duty, will be paid $25 per test, but not entitled to any of the pay associated above.
If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council.