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Reassignment & Rescheduling from Deadhead to Working Status

Date: April 13, 2021

Throughout the course of our duty day situations may arise that change our pairing. Understanding the difference between Reassignment and Rescheduling from deadhead to working status means being able to ensure our Contract is being followed even when changes get thrown our way.

Section 7.Q.3 of our JCBA will be utilized for all reassignments. Flight Attendants needing assistance or clarification of the processes are encouraged to review Section 7.Q.3 of our Contract and the following visual overview.

Crew Scheduling will contact you to advise of the cancellation and any reassignment.

If no reassignment is available at the time you’re notified, Scheduling will add “MSG” in your master schedule which indicates your right to exercise one of the reassignment options outlined in Section 7.Q.3.a, 7.Q.3.b and 7.Q.3.c.

Flight attendants who remain subject to reassignment under Section 7.Q.3.c and who wish to maintain pay protection for the loss of flying must contact Scheduling between 1800 and 2200 local time the day before the original trip was scheduled to depart. Upon receiving the call, Scheduling will either reassign the Flight Attendant or relieve him/her of all responsibility with no loss of pay.

NOTE: Once Crew Scheduling modifies your pairing, they will update your master schedule and the pay protection will be visible on your pay register.

Rescheduling a deadheading Flight Attendant to work the flight on which she/he is scheduled to deadhead may occur under a limited set of circumstances.  For example, a Flight Attendant is scheduled to deadhead on one leg of their pairing on which there is an aircraft change and that Flight Attendant is now needed to work to cover an additional FAA minimum position on the aircraft.

The company may reschedule a deadheading Flight Attendant(s) to work the flight on which she/he is scheduled to deadhead under the following circumstances:

a. To maintain the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) minimum required number of Inflight Crew, including any required augmentation, and

b. May reschedule Flight Attendants up to United’s Established Staffing Guidelines (“ESG”) to prevent understaffing.

Flight Attendants are encouraged to contact their Local Council representatives should they be rescheduled from deadhead to working status on flights that do not meet the criteria outlined above in section a. and b. Additionally, a detailed article that provides additional information concerning this rescheduling provision is available on our website (www.unitedafa.org).

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