Council 100 Message - 6/7/19
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Council 100 Message - 6/7/19

 

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DEVIATION/ACCEPTED FARES
A few important things to consider – 
  1. When deviating, your deviation bank has nothing to do with the actual price of the ticket. Your bank is based on the baseline and established fares.
  2. If you deviate before the bid month begins, then you get the higher of the baseline or established fare. If you deviate after the bid month begins, you get the established fare.
  3. You must be booked in first class or business class for deadheads greater than 16 hours of duty (ex: SYD-LAX, HKG-LAX, etc.). You cannot be booked in an economy ticket. The contract requires international deviation 60 hours prior to the show time of the scheduled deadhead (front end and back end). 8.C.1.b allows you to trade or drop an international trip you’ve deviated on up to 14 days prior to the scheduled showtime for the trip. Because of this, I rarely deviate early. However, here are a few times when it can be beneficial to deviate early:
  • Baseline fare is significantly higher than established fare.  
  • Global Travel books you in economy, waitlisted for business on an international deadhead greater than 10 hours of block but less than 16 hours of duty and you intend to deviate anyway. In this case, it may behoove you to deviate as soon as the economy ticket is issued to capture the 130% CBA 8.C.3.a.vi gives you.  
Example: You have a LAX-CDG deadhead on AA with $3500 established fare. Business class is full and Global issues you an economy ticket waitlisted for business. If you deviate now, you would get 130% of $3500= $4550 in your bank. If you wait to deviate, Global may be able to later get you that business class ticket and then deviation would only get you the $3500 established fare.
SECONDARY LINES/SLG
Frustrations continue for many with the Secondary Line Generator and the lack of information coming from the Company regarding SLG parameters.  
Every month if you are bidding a secondary line, your success may depend on understanding how the Company handles the "Snapshot" taken by the Futures department and its consequences.
The snapshot takes a picture of two items: a picture of your calendar and what is available in open time. The Secondary Line Generator (SLG) is a separate program from VIPS. Your calendar and open time trips (and R-day blocks) must be loaded into the SLG. 
The snapshot is usually taken a full 24 hours before the Secondary Working Window begins. It is possible to pick up a trip after the snapshot is taken that will impact your schedule in the following month. If you were not aware of how the Company handles the snapshot, this can negatively impact your schedule. 
The process of porting all the secondary pilots' calendars and open time into the SLG takes time. Futures has stated they need to begin the process a full 24 hours before the SWW opens.
If you pick up a trip after the snapshot is taken, your secondary line is built without taking that trip into account and a conflict may occur once the secondary lines are actually built. There can be a direct conflict or a minimum-days off issue. After the secondary lines are built, the conflicts are processed, and you may lose trips from your secondary line. Those hours will be placed into your General Make Up (GMU) bank.
Example: On the Tuesday afternoon, one day before the SWW opens for FOs, you submit a Military Leave of Absence for the following month. The snapshot has already been taken and this MLA will not be considered by the SLG.
After the snapshot is taken, you pick up a carryover trip. The SLG will not consider that trip and may build you a line in conflict with it.
After the snapshot is taken, a few desirable charter trips show up in open time on VIPS. These will not be part of the SWW or considered by the SLG though.
If you have any questions on how the snapshot may impact your secondary line or any other secondary line concerns, submit your question via Insite to the Futures department. They typically respond within 24 hours. Please send us a copy of your Insite by filling out a PDR
CALIFORNIA STATE DISABILITY INSURANCE
Earlier LEC Comms have listed the details in this program, but there are a few important things to remember about this program:
  1. All LAX based crew members are part of this program. You pay into it monthly. You need not be a resident of CA to be part of the program.
  2. You must be out of work for at least 7 days and apply for the benefit between 9 and 49 days of the event.
  3. Virtually any event that restricts you from working qualifies
Examples: You live in Nevada but are based in LAX and injure yourself in a motorcycle accident while on vacation in Alaska and miss work for 2 weeks. You schedule elective surgery for your shoulder and miss work for 4 weeks.
  1. The value of the benefit is roughly $1000/week up to 52 weeks.
 If you have questions, contact the LAX FOA John Underwood or any of your LEC Officers.
HSBY AVA AGREEMENT
Many of you took advantage of the Hotel Standby Settlement Agreement (and AVA) the last two peaks. This agreement had a provision where it could be cancelled by either party (Company or ALPA) after the first two years. As you may be aware, the company chose to withdraw from the agreement. We will determine if there is merit in engaging the company for a way to preserve the agreement. In the meantime, the provision allowing AVA of all Base HSBY activities in months where the Company is soliciting vacation buy back in your crew position is cancelled. This primarily affects MEM positions as we haven’t had vacation buy back in LAX in quite a while.

David Wojtkowski Jeff Belt Chad Conner
Council 100 Chairman  Council 100 Vice Chairman Council 100 Sec/Treas
David.Wojtkowski@alpa.org Jeff.Belt@alpa.org Chad.Conner@alpa.org
858-229-4172

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