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Old 08-13-2019, 08:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Bluetruth View Post
Is that, reserve balancing, feature still turned on? I thought they disabled that at least 2 years ago and you can no longer switch a red day with a even greater red day.
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Required to be used, except for special pay days.

Now... What defines a bad/worse day now that we have 9 different reserve grids? The nuts and bolts of the Reserve Balancing Algorithm are nowhere to be found
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Flyby1206 View Post
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Required to be used, except for special pay days.
Wow, they just had to add "except for special pay days".

Another reason why I had bid RSV in NOV and DEC was for the "bad day-worse day" provision. You could always plan on a snow storm in the beginning of those months and the ability to move forward your RSV days and get the holidays off. Not any more.


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Old 08-13-2019, 10:05 AM
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Originally Posted by hyperboy View Post
You get to bid in seniority order now SCR or LCR. You will also eventually be able to bid premium open time pick ups based on your seniority.
I'm aware that you can bid for LCR but what I was saying is that I put some thinking into whether SCR could be good for local pilots (like bidding it instead of a line). I don't think LCR is inherently "better" than SCR. There are lots of factors involved. Couple big ones are that LCR has 1 less day off, probably gets a lot of assignments because they get the Next Day Assignments first, they can still be converted to short call (with limitations). I feel like SCR pilots are more likely to have control over whether they are seeing early mornings or late nights whereas LCR could end up all over the place. I think LCR is a non-starter for me. I'll still keep an eye on how SCR goes. Even with the reserve balancing rule, it won't work quite the same as before for SCR because open time doesn't affect the SCR grid now. For example, when the storm causes a bunch of trips to drop in, that won't make the grid go further into the red. Only when short call reserves actually get assigned to those trips will the SCR grid be affected.
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Old 08-13-2019, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Flyby1206 View Post
25.O.15

Required to be used, except for special pay days.

Now... What defines a bad/worse day now that we have 9 different reserve grids? The nuts and bolts of the Reserve Balancing Algorithm are nowhere to be found

I’ve used the old reserve balancing algorithm multiple times this month. Next month with the new grids? I will be completely confused.

A nice addition to FLICA would be a highlight function in the reserve grid. For example, choose a day on your schedule and it shows which days you are allowed to swap into, either due to green or red-to-red. It’s a pain in the keister to submit a request and then wait 10-300 minutes for it to “process.”


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Old 08-13-2019, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Toonces View Post
A nice addition to FLICA would be a highlight function in the reserve grid. For example, choose a day on your schedule and it shows which days you are allowed to swap into, either due to green or red-to-red. It’s a pain in the keister to submit a request and then wait 10-300 minutes for it to “process.”


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I completely agree, but why should the company make it easy to swap RSV days and/or lineholder trips? Part of me thinks they just want us all to stay in our original bid award and make it difficult to move anything. The company knows people will call in sick when they can’t move trips, which depletes their PTO banks and reduces JB liability for future PTO payouts. Tin foil hat? Maybe? Maybe not?
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by 360KIAS View Post
It's very simple. A bit of integrity and loyalty to peers is all that is required. If peeps don't have it, then they need to be publicly outed. I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir, just as I'm sure there exists a group of pilots who are willing to cross a picket line or pick up extra flying during a labor dispute. Sad.
Sadly, these days the bean counters have detailed records on how much any pilot volunteers for on average. Any time a labor issue comes up, withholding service (even when voluntary) has been ruled a labor action by the courts..... yes, that’s how messed up the laws are. The RLA is what it is and we’re stuck with it because the lawyers at ALPA don’t want to change it. Sadly, they’ve been working under it so long they know what to expect so it works for them... notice I said it works for the lawyers; not for the pilots.
We tried at a Board of Directors meeting to get the PAC charged with modernizing the RLA commensurate with modern business practices... and we were promptly subjected to no less than 3 hours of speeches from every national attorney they could muster to talk us out of trying to fix a broken law. They won.
It is what it is.
We did however get the PAC charged with defending the 1500 hour ATP rule. That was actually my motion to amend the agenda that put it on at the committee level, and later it passed the entire BOD as well.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:33 PM
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Sadly, these days the bean counters have detailed records on how much any pilot volunteers for on average. Any time a labor issue comes up, withholding service (even when voluntary) has been ruled a labor action by the courts..... yes, that’s how messed up the laws are. The RLA is what it is and we’re stuck with it because the lawyers at ALPA don’t want to change it. Sadly, they’ve been working under it so long they know what to expect so it works for them... notice I said it works for the lawyers; not for the pilots.
We tried at a Board of Directors meeting to get the PAC charged with modernizing the RLA commensurate with modern business practices... and we were promptly subjected to no less than 3 hours of speeches from every national attorney they could muster to talk us out of trying to fix a broken law. They won.
It is what it is.
We did however get the PAC charged with defending the 1500 hour ATP rule. That was actually my motion to amend the agenda that put it on at the committee level, and later it passed the entire BOD as well.
Very enlightening, thanks for taking the time to share this.
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Old 08-14-2019, 07:21 AM
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Sadly, these days the bean counters have detailed records on how much any pilot volunteers for on average. Any time a labor issue comes up, withholding service (even when voluntary) has been ruled a labor action by the courts..... yes, that’s how messed up the laws are.
So if someone were to stop doing as many RSA's simply because their family life changed concurrently with stalled contract negotiations etc, they could be convicted of an illegal work action? Just making sure I'm understanding this correctly. If so, I'm glad I rarely do RSA/VDA in the first place!
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:32 AM
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So if someone were to stop doing as many RSA's simply because their family life changed concurrently with stalled contract negotiations etc, they could be convicted of an illegal work action? Just making sure I'm understanding this correctly. If so, I'm glad I rarely do RSA/VDA in the first place!
Not necessarily, most likely the union would receive the punishment. So we all get punished for the few.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Mattio View Post
So if someone were to stop doing as many RSA's simply because their family life changed concurrently with stalled contract negotiations etc, they could be convicted of an illegal work action? Just making sure I'm understanding this correctly. If so, I'm glad I rarely do RSA/VDA in the first place!
Um, no. Just, no.

Not true.
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