Adjusting Our Schedules – Relying on Each Other & Bad Day/Worse Day Trades
August 31, 2021
With the trading pool numbers hovering in the negative for the last several months many Flight Attendants continue to struggle to adjust their flight schedules to meet their personal needs and family responsibilities. Whether Lineholders or Reserves, the pool numbers set by management are impacting our ability to make changes to our schedule. As a result, everyone is looking to find new ways to adjust their schedules to accomplish these needs.
These unusual times make it all the more necessary for us to work with each other to accomplish our personal scheduling needs. Despite our reliance on the pool numbers to accomplish trades, we cannot lose sight of the fact that we’ve negotiated additional flexibilities to trade with each other. The trade board exists to let others know we are interested in trading and to find others with complimentary needs making trades possible.
By utilizing the contractual provisions for Bad Day/Worse Day trades, Members have yet another ability to adjust their schedules even in a negative pool situation. While we all rely on the Reserve pool numbers for trading, it is important to emphasize there are also timing issues that affect our ability to trip trade with open time especially if the trip being dropped occurs earlier in the schedule month.
Based on questions we’re recently received in our offices, we understand there may be confusion about the timing requirements for successful Bad Day/Worse Day trades. In particular, we’ve received a number of questions about two items: a 24-hour requirement or a requirement to call Crew Scheduling when attempting to facilitate a trade under 24 hours from the start of the desired pairing.
Under the Contract, when Bad Day/Worse Day trading, when the trip being dropped occurs earlier in the month than the trip being traded for, the trade must be completed at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of the trip being dropped. This parameter frequently results in trip trades being declined and this will occur regardless of the negative reserve coverage pool.
As a reminder all instant trading is determined by Reserve coverage, on the particular days involved in the trade. However, trades may still be accomplished using the Bad Day/Worse Day calculations set forth in Section 7.N. of our Contract. This language addresses trip trades involving trips on days which are blocked due to minimum staffing requirements.
The guide below outlines the contractual parameters that must be met to successfully complete a Bad Day/Worse Day trade and provides additional clarity when trading trips starting earlier in the month for trips which start later in the month.
Bad Day – Worse Day Guide
Questions about trading and Contractual legalities should be directed to your Local Council Representatives.