Uniform Reactions – No Discipline Sick Time
There has been concern expressed about uniform reaction-related sick time leading to discipline at PSA and other American Eagle carriers. We coordinated our questions and concerns with the AFA leaders at our sister airlines Envoy and Piedmont. Together with our AFA International Officers, we decided to address this issue with one voice through our AFA Legal Department.
We are happy to report that following advocacy by our AFA General Counsel for AFA members at PSA, Piedmont and Envoy, PSA management responded affirming the following:
“PSA has concluded that it will implement a similar set of guidelines that are intended to be consistent with American Airlines’ guidelines as follows:
For medical absences related to the Twin Hill uniforms occurring on or after June 15, 2017, sick time will be considered excused absences and no discipline will be imposed provided:
1.An On-the-Job injury report is completed in accordance with current Company policy
2.The event is reported to the Inflight Supervisor Arrangements have been made for an alternative uniform to be worn
For medical absences related to the Twin Hill uniforms occurring prior to June 15, 2017, sick time will be considered excused absences and no discipline will be imposed provided:
1.An On-the-Job injury report was filed within a week of the adverse uniform reaction, or
2.The flight attendant reported to the Company at the time of the absence that the absence was due to an adverse reaction to the Twin Hill uniform.
Sick time will not be considered as an excused absence and discipline may be issued as applicable under the Crewmember Reliability program if:
1.An On-the-Job injury report is not completed in accordance with Company policy
2.The event is not reported to the Inflight Supervisor
3.Arrangements have not been made for an alternative uniform to be worn
Note: PSA’s automated Reliability Tracking Tool will continue to assess points for any sick call; however points assessed for a sick call later determined to be due to a reported uniform reaction will be considered null and void in consideration of any progressive discipline under the Crewmember Reliability Program.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding the above or would like to further discuss.
Your MEC Officers, Lee Wilkes and Diane Lyons