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Reschedule vs. reroute

15 Aug, 2023

At Delta, management doesn't distinguish between rerouting us and rescheduling us. By creating ambiguity between the two, management keeps the door open for crew scheduling to alter your schedule however they’d like. At other unionized carriers (and for unionized Delta pilots!), there are clear definitions for both of those terms as well as limits on how many times management may do either.

Under the Spirit AFA contract, a reschedule is defined as “When a Lineholder’s pairing is modified by Crew Scheduling due to a schedule disruption (e.g., delay, misconnect, cancellation, rest conflict. etc.)” Under their contract, crew scheduling must get flight attendants back to their domicile within two hours of your original rotation termination. They also receive 150% of any additional credit (not block) that they work.

A reroute is defined as “Any time a Lineholder, in accordance with the order of assignment, and in inverse seniority order among those lineholding Flight Attendants who are legal and available, is involuntarily assigned to an uncovered segment(s) or trip(s) or the lineholding Flight Attendant’s original trip is modified.” “Modified” would be when the original trip is modified, but there is NO additional operating segment added. In Delta terms, this would include drafting or escalation. Under the Spirit contract, a Flight Attendant can be rerouted a maximum of eight times a year and anyone who is rerouted receives 150% of additional credit instead of just block worked. However, if a Flight Attendant is asked to exceed the eight times (voluntarily) they will receive 200% of any additional credit worked.

Having a clear definition of reroutes and reschedules would force management to respect our time and create clear penalties for rerouting or rescheduling us. With a contract, Delta Flight Attendants could have similar protections.

Get involved in our campaign today so we can make the endless “reroutes” stop.