End-of-Month 1-in-7 Conflicts
February 28, 2023
The 1-in-7 language set forth in our Contract is a scheduling provision negotiated to ensure Flight Attendants have at least one calendar day off (midnight to midnight) at their home domicile OR, if on an International pairing of more than seven (7) days, a 24-hour period free from duty (FFD) on a layover at least once in every seven days.
Section 6.P.1. One (1) in Seven (7) Limitation
For Flight Attendants on Domestic pairings, relief from all duty and Company obligation for not less than one (1) calendar day shall be provided for each Flight Attendant at her/his Home domicile at least once during any seven (7) consecutive calendar days.
Flight Attendants must be scheduled for at least one calendar day off at the home domicile during any seven (7) consecutive calendar days.
Section 6.P.2. One (1) in Seven (7) Limitation
For Flight Attendants on international pairings, relief from all duty and Company obligations shall be provided for each Flight Attendant at least once during any seven (7) consecutive calendar days. Such relief shall be either:
One (1) calendar day at her/his domicile or,
One (1) twenty-four (24) hour period free from duty at an away from domicile point.
Lineholders on International pairings will be relieved from all duty and Company obligations at least once during any seven calendar days in one of two ways:
1.One calendar day at the home domicile.
2. One 24-hour period FFD on a layover.
Reserves must be provided with at least one (1) calendar day off at their home domicile unless they are operating an International pairing of seven (7) days or more, in which case they must be provided with at least 24-hours free from duty (FFD) on a layover.
Flight Attendants may choose to waive this legality, both Domestically and Internationally, at their sole discretion. Keep in mind, if you pick up flying or trade so that you are now scheduled to work seven (7) consecutive days, the 1-in-7 rule is considered waived.
Section 6.P.3. One (1) In Seven (7) Limitation
A Flight Attendant whose flying schedule is involuntarily reduced to less than one (1) day off in seven (7), may contact Inflight Scheduling at once for rescheduling. In the case of “1 in 7” problems due to schedule selection, the Flight Attendant should contact Inflight Scheduling prior to the first day of the schedule month for rescheduling. Failure to do this will result in waiving the “1 in 7” Rule. If it is necessary for a Flight Attendant to drop a pairing because of the “1 in 7” Rule, preference as to which pairing is to be dropped will be subject to the concurrence of the Flight Attendant and Inflight Scheduling. In the event of failure to reach agreement, the pairing to be dropped will be subject to the approval of the Crew Resource Manager/designee.
If, as a result of irregular operations, your pairing extends into the seventh day, a legality code will be displayed on your Master Schedule alerting you to the potential legality. If you choose not to waive the legality, you must contact Crew Scheduling as soon as you block in from your trip to advise you would like for your day off to be restored. If you do not do this, it will be considered waived. However, what may not be waived is any resulting FAR requirement for a 24 hour in 7-day period free from duty.
Whenever a Reserve is not scheduled to have at least one (1) calendar day off at her/his home domicile in any consecutive seven (7) day period due to the convergence of monthly schedules, (Sections 6.P.3. and 8.I.2.) the Flight Attendant is to be provides with the discretion to resolve the legality or not. If electing to resolve the 1:7 conflict, action is required by the Flight Attendant prior to the first day of the new schedule month as follows:
1. Flight Attendants should contact Inflight Scheduling prior to the first day of the schedule month for rescheduling.
· Flight Attendants may move a day off from later in the month to resolve the 1-in-7 conflict. The Flight Attendant may indicate preferences as to which day off in the new month will be moved, and these preferences will be considered, whenever possible.
· For the purpose of complying with the 1-in-7 limitation, a Reserve may be released (RLSD) from a day of availability. However, this is employed only as a last resort.
· If the Flight Attendant will be a Lineholder in the new month, she/he will work with scheduling to adjust the schedule. If it is necessary to drop a trip to resolve the 1-in-7 conflict, the Flight Attendant’s preference as to which pairing is to be dropped will be subject to the concurrence of the Flight Attendant and Inflight Scheduling. In the event of a failure to reach agreement, the pairing to be dropped will be subject to the approval of the Crew Resource Manager/designee.
NOTE: A Flight Attendant who contacts crew scheduling and indicates she/he does not wish to waive the 1-in-7 must have the conflict resolved at that time. Flight Attendants should not be told to “wait” to resolve the conflict at a later date, that the “pool numbers” will not allow for a day off to be moved or that there are “no legal trade options. “If you find yourself faced with these explanations, contact your Local Council Reserve or Grievance Committee for assistance in resolving this matter before the first day of the schedule month
Alternatively and by no means a requirement, Flight Attendants may elect to enter into a “self-trade” to correct the 1-in-7 by trading days off either mutually (with another Reserve) or with the Reserve Pool during the Open Time trade windows. There is no requirement for Flight Attendants to first attempt a self-trade prior to contacting scheduling.
If a Flight Attendant would prefer to leave the scheduled days of availability as awarded, she/he may choose to waive the 1-in-7 legality by doing nothing. If the Flight Attendant does not contact crew scheduling prior to the first day of the new bid month, the 1-in-7 is considered automatically waived.
Keep in mind that, even if the 1-in-7 Contractual legality is waived, the 24-in-7 FAR must still be satisfied with a 24-hour period free-from-duty during every period of seven (7) consecutive days. Unlike the Contractual 1-in-7 which requires a calendar off at the home domicile, the FAR can be satisfied by a 24-hour period free-from-duty at a layover point in either the domestic or international operation.
NOTE: The 24-in-7 federal aviation regulation may not be waived by a Flight Attendant or the company. If you have a 24-in-7 violation it will appear on your master schedule and must be resolved by crew scheduling.
If you have additional questions, please contact your Local Council office.