The Importance of ALPA's Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS)
Ladies and Gentlemen of Local Council 123,
If you have a medical issue, we implore you to call Aviation Medicine Advisory Service (AMAS) at 303-341-4435! They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you. AMAS is available at no cost to members in good standing.
If you are on a trip and call in sick, CBA Section 14.B.4 requires the company to provide you transportation back to your base, or to your residence, provided the cost is limited to the cost of returning to base. Management does not need details of your injury/illness from a physician at that time. As far as the FAA is concerned, you can work with AMAS to determine what, if anything, is required to be done, and they can help, in coordination with the MEC office, in dealing with management.
If you have to use your Disability Sick Account (DSA), you may be requested to provide medical documentation, but please let AMAS work for you first. Involving AMAS early in the process could very well save you a great deal of time getting back to flying.