SECTION - Negotiations Update
SECTION - Negotiations Update
Company and Union negotiators continue to meet
regarding the Reserve Section -more importantly-
the Reserve system.
The Union has listened to Reserves. We have
listened at Union meetings, Reserve conference
meetings, surveys, etc. What we have heard is
this. Reserves want to work on their AVL days
and not have to work on their off days to earn a
living. Reserves do not want to be on call 24
hours a day. Reserves do not want LTO and want
their seniority back.
We believe what we have proposed is the best
system in the industry. So far, the Company has
not agreed to many of our terms. Specific
contractual provisions are still on the table.
The JNC remains committed to building a system
that allows Reserves to earn a living and enjoy
a quality of life.
The bottom line is... What we want and what the
Company has agreed to:
Seniority based system
- No LTO
- On call
no more than twelve hours a day
- Fix OPR
It is not over,
but we are well on our way to making a Reserve
system-and Section that works for our Reserves a
After months of negotiations, during which the
Company insisted on maintaining LTO, I now am
able to report the Company has moved off of
their position that LTO must remain part of the
Reserve system. The JNC has held steadfast in
our resolve to eliminate LTO and we have
I have previously reported the Company has
agreed to our proposal to create a shift system.
In the new contract, a Reserve will only be on
call for a twelve (12) hour period. During that
period, of Reserve Availability (RAP), a Reserve
will only be required to be contactable during
the RAP and can only be assigned or bid a trip
that departs within that 12 hour period.
The JNC has also made progress in OPR
provisions. An OPR assigned a trip during their
OPR shift will be paid for the time spent on OPR
before the trip assignment on a pro-rated basis
and not on the current daily rig pay.
The JNC has researched all other carriers
Reserve systems. We have looked at numerous
"Rotating Reserve" provisions. We have not found
one that works.
ROTATING RESERVE DOES NOT WORK. IT HAS NOT
WORKED FOR ANY AIRLINE THAT HAS IT AND WILL NOT
WORK AT THIS AIRLINE. RATHER THAN "ROTATE"
FLIGHT ATTENDANTS INTO A BAD RESERVE SYSTEM-
LETS FIX THE SYSTEM-ONCE AND FOR ALL.
THE IDEA IS TO CREATE A RESERVE SYSTEM THAT
ALLOWS RESERVES TO EARN A LIVING AND HAVE A
DECENT QUALITY OF LIFE.
The JNC will be meeting again with the Company
the week of March 15th.
Mike Flores, President
The US Airways Master Executive Council
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