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Apply for voluntary leave with benefits

For All Piedmont Team Members 

Monday, March 23, 2019

Starting today, March 23, Piedmont will offer voluntary leave of absence (VLOA) and voluntary separation (“early out”) to some team members. This difficult decision is based on our predicted level of service to American Airlines over the next three months, as well as the urgent need to cut expenses and conserve cash. Read Lyle’s note on our financial position.

Eligibility will vary by department. Pilots and flight attendants should check the terms set out in their collective bargaining agreements for VLOA and “early out.” 

The window to apply for a voluntary leave of absence or the voluntary early out program opens today (March 23), and closes at midnight ET on March 31. 

Team members can apply here.

Voluntary leave of absence (VLOA)

30 or 90 days, extending in 30 day increments, if necessary.
Team members will continue to be eligible for medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance and AD&D benefits at active rates. Team members will be responsible for paying the employee share of their premium. (Read more here.)
Team members will be eligible for the same non-revenue travel privileges as active team members.
Team members are not eligible for pay, except for a payout of unused accrued vacation.
This is not a permanent separation from the company. 

Any Piedmont team member may apply, however, the company will determine who is eligible based on operational demand and interest. The company will also determine the timing of these cost reduction measures. 

Voluntary “early out” (VEO)

Team members must have at least 15 years of company seniority and be in an active status.
Team members will be eligible for medical, dental and vision coverage at active team member rates for two years. Team members will be responsible for paying the employee share of their premium. (Read more here.)
Travel privileges will end at separation unless the team member is eligible for retiree travel at the time of separation. Retiree travel privileges will be offered according to company policy. (The 65-point plan for retiree travel is based on age plus years of service on your exit date.)
Team members are not eligible for pay, except for a payout of unused accrued vacation.
This is a permanent separation from the company. 

In areas where workload is unchanged, voluntary leave of absence and early out will not be offered to team members at this time.  Questions? Read our FAQs.

Links and Resources

Click here to apply or copy and paste this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PDT_VLOA_VEO

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on VLOA and early out

The window for signing up for a voluntary leave of absence or the voluntary early out program opens March 23, and closes at midnight ET on March 31. 


 

Glove and Mask Policy

Gloves

Although the CDC doesn’t recommend using gloves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re adjusting our policy on a short-term basis to allow agents to bring and wear their own solid-colored, non-latex gloves. Some important reminders:

·       Gloves are not medically recommended because COVID-19 can be spread when someone touches a contaminated surface, with or without gloves, and then touches one’s face, eyes, nose or mouth without washing hands or using hand sanitizer

·       Team members should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after removing gloves

·       The CDC recommends changing gloves every 30 minutes

 

Note About Glove and Wipe Supply:

Effective today, March 17th, additional gloves and hand sanitizers have been provisioned for crew use on all flights. Due to limited supply, caterers and cabin cleaners will not be able to fulfill callbacks for additional or missing items. Knowing this, please do not provide additional sanitizing wipes or gloves if requested; crew members should use the items that have been provisioned for them.

 

Masks

At this time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, airport team members are temporarily permitted to wear masks until further notice.

As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that wearing a mask is not effective at protecting someone from obtaining the coronavirus. In fact, it’s likely that wearing a mask may result in more frequent touching of the face, nose and eyes, which increases the chance of transmission. However, wearing a mask for someone who is ill, coughing and sneezing can help to prevent the spread of many viruses in respiratory droplets.

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