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January 29, 2005
SAP CLOSING DELAYED 24 HOURS
Due to a conflict with the Vacation Drop Bid process March SAP closing will be delayed 24 hours. CLT and CLW will now close at 1800 on January 30, 2005. SAP will not be run until the vacation drop information has been processed thus avoiding potential conflicts. The vacation drop awards will be posted no later than 2359 on January 30 so while you may not know if your drop award was accepted prior to SAP closing the system will. Therefore if you desire to SAP trips for March on vacation days you have bid to drop you should do so. If those drops are awarded, SAP will process the trips you have bid, and subject to normal SAP parameters you will be awarded those trips. If your vacation drop was not awarded SAP will not award trips on the days you have vacation as is standard practice.
The delay in SAP closing will also cause a 24 hour delay for the March Secondary Line process. Secondary lines will open on Feb. 8 at 1800 EST and close on Feb. 13 at 1800 EST. March reserve line opening and closing dates will not be affected.
It has been brought to my attention that I was quoted as saying there will be no buy out (VFLR) while the Company is in bankruptcy or that due to the bankruptcy it will not be offered at all Both rumors are FALSE. The VFLR process is moving forward during the implementation stage of the agreement. The purpose behind the VFLR is to offer a buy out in lieu of a furlough. Productivity improvements in the new agreement will allow the Company to reduce the headcount. The VFLR will then be offered to offset a furlough. As soon as more information is available it will be posted.
Another rumor is that the ETB will become another Preferential Bid and be delayed indefinitely. Again this is FALSE. The Company and the AFA are working diligently to implement the ETB. Presentations have been made to both parties by FLICA for the electronic version and implementation is continuing.
One last rumor concerning the ETB process I have heard is that reserves do not get paid above guarantee for trips picked up from the ETB. Again this is False. Any time picked up by a reserve off the ETB will be paid above guarantee. In theory a reserve could fly zero time while on duty days and pick up a 20 hour four day from the ETB on off days and be paid 91 hours (71 hour guarantee plus the four day trip).
LEC President CLT