Sick Time and CDOs

Last week your AFA MEC filed a Grievance over how the company is charging sick time for CDO lineholders. For those Flight Attendants who bid a CDO line it is important that you understand how the company pays and deducts sick time.

For the majority of CDO lineholder sick calls the company has been paying sick time correctly. The exception is trips picked up from open time. In that instance, when a CDO lineholder calls in sick for an open time trip (assume he/she has sick time), the Company is not paying sick hours above adjusted guarantee and the CDO lineholder’s sick bank is charged for the value of the trip.

As an example, Flight Attendant Sally is awarded a CDO line with 55 block hours (her guarantee is 75). She drops one of the CDO trips worth 4 hours credit hours and a proration 5.45 credit hours, making her adjusted guarantee 69.55 hours. She then adds another CDO from open time, also worth 4 credit hours and 5.45 proration credit. Her block hours are back up to 55 and her guarantee is back at 75. If Sally calls in sick for the open time trip she added, her guarantee is deducted 5.45 hours and her sick back is charged for the 4 hours (which she was never paid). She ends the month with 69.55 hours and 4 hours less in her sick bank.

On May 12, 2017, the MEC filed Grievance #36–099–02–018–17 for this violation of our sick time provisions and our Letter of Agreement 6. Most emphatically, no Flight Attendant’s sick bank should be charged for sick time if they were not paid for it!

Until the Grievance is resolved, CDO lineholders need to be aware that the Company will continue to short them for sick calls from open time trips. CDO lineholders may shy away from picking up open time trips. Trips that are traded from other Flight Attendants will still be paid correctly – just not trips that come directly from open time. Therefore, it is a safer option to pick up trips from fellow Flight Attendants versus open time.

We will keep members updated on the status of this Grievance. In the meantime, if any CDO lineholders experience sick call problems with open time trips, please inform your Local Council or the MEC.