We continue to look at our response to coronavirus (COVID-19) and make necessary adjustments across the organization to support our smaller operation. We’ve heard from many team members who would like to either extend their current leave of absence or reconsider a leave during this period of lower travel demand.
To address this feedback and respond to our smaller summer schedule, we’re reopening the voluntary leave of absence (VLOA) program for all frontline represented team members, excluding pilots. This VLOA would begin on a date determined with your leadership and run through Sept. 30, 2020. Leaves will be granted based on operational demand and availability.
Flight attendants should check their CCI messages for information, coming soon, about a one month PVLOA for Aug.
The application window for the VLOA program will open on June 17 and will close at 11:59 PM CT on June 27.
Here’s a summary of what you need to know. Full details are available in the chart below.
VLOA (through Sept. 30)
Flight attendants should check their CCI messages for more information about a one month PVLOA for Aug.
Eligibility: Active, domestic U.S.-based mainline frontline represented team members, excluding pilots. Team members on a previously offered VLOA are eligible to apply and extend their leave.
Pay: 25% of your contractual regular work schedule.
Travel and Medical: Current active privileges and benefits.
Sick and Vacation Accrual: Current accrual rates.
Below are additional details for the VLOA program. Please note: clicking the link below for more information does not require you to apply. You can choose to apply after reviewing the details and FAQs.
All active, domestic U.S.-based mainline frontline represented team members, excluding pilots
Deadline to apply
June 27 at 11:59 p.m. CT
Through Sept. 30, 2020
You will be paid for 25% of your contractual regular work schedule at pay rates based on seniority, which does not include any premiums, shift differentials, overtime pay, etc., through Sept. 30, 2020:
Flight attendants: 25% of guarantee (19 hours)
Dispatchers: 25% of minimum monthly salary
Flight crew training instructors: 25% of standard monthly schedule requirement
All other represented team members: 25% of the work week for full-time (10 hours of pay per week) and 5 hours of pay per week for part-time
Non-revenue travel privileges
Maintain current travel privileges
No change; receive same medical coverage at same rates you do today
Make contributions to your 401(k) and receive company match / contributions
Yes, you can continue to contribute to your 401(k). Any applicable company contributions and/or matches will continue, but based on your reduced pay.
Make 401(k) loan payments
Yes, as required by the loan agreement
Yes, vacation will be accrued as outlined in your CBA.
Receive a vacation payout
You will be paid for any vacation already requested and granted during your leave period.
Yes, sick time will be accrued as outlined in your CBA.