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Relying on Each Other & Bad Day/Worse Day Trades

Date: May 3, 2022

We’re all familiar with the challenges we face in adjusting our flight schedules brought about by decisions management is currently making. Several of these impacts the tools on which we normally rely upon for flexibility. While it’s natural to focus on the negative pool numbers and their adverse impact on trading, as well as the challenges they present, we need to focus on the fact that we do have other options available to us.

One of our negotiated flexibilities, perhaps less relied upon, is our ability to trade with one another. The trade board exists to let others know we are interested in trading and to find others with whom to trade. By helping each other, we not only accomplish schedule flexibility for all of those involved in the trading, we also reduce our reliance on United’s restrictions on the pool levels.

It is true that 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. We can minimize the impact of these rules by trading with each other.

Under the Contract, utilizing 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. This is not the case when trading with another Flight Attendant.

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. This is not the case when trading with another Flight Attendant.

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.

Refer to our: Bad Day – Worse Day Guide

Questions about trading and Contractual legalities should be directed to your Local Council Representatives.

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