THE PROBLEM WITH OUR CURRENT ROTATING RESERVE:
The main reason our current rotating system fails is a fundamental issue. It bases the rotations on years of service and not percentages of actual available FA’s. The current system (using years) ONLY works if there is a constant and steady stream of new hires and attrition occurring at each base, which we all know does not occur and never will. The influx of new hires depends on the health of the company, the expansion of services, the US and World economy, acts of terrorism, acts of war and acts of god. So trying to predict or base a system on the influx of new hires will not work.
It would be helpful if APFA presented specific details as to what the other airlines do so that we (the members) can compare the systems that are already in place. Offhand I know that United went back to straight reserve just last year after their final merge with Continental, Delta uses a “days” system, Southwest has a rotating reserve but it is based on PERCENTAGES and not years.
I HAVE LISTED DELTA, UNITED, SOUTHWEST AND ALASKA RESERVE SYSTEMS HERE.