We have received several PDRs recently involving situations not pay protected by the Medical MOU. The MOU provides pay protection for asymptomatic and symptomatic pilots in certain situations and there are some great examples in the Medical MOU Q&A. It’s important to realize that once you respond in the positive for a symptom in the Everbridge app or you inform the Company of a pending COVID test or symptom, you will typically be placed into the “COVID protocol” which requires going through Harvey Watt and the PAC before returning to fly. It is likely you will be placed in NOQ status during this time. As always, it is important for pilots to have a clear understanding of the MOU and CBA as we have seen instances of the improper application at times by the Company. If you have questions, please submit a PDR. Some important things to remember about NOQ and Medical MOU pay protection:
- The Company is not providing access to any bid line adjustments (including participating in the View/Add Window) during this “NOQ” time. We have asked for the Company to justify this position.
- If you qualify for trip pay protection under the MOU, you must hold guarantee for those trips. Note that DFT/VLT/AVA/MUS/MUV/CMU trips do not have guarantee until the trip begins. In this scenario, if you are removed from a DFT/VLT/AVA/MUS/MUV/CMU trip that hasn’t blocked out yet, you will not be paid for the trip.
- Pilot responds in the affirmative to a COVID symptom on the Everbridge app. Company places pilot in COVID protocol and NOQ status. Pilot gets a COVID test and while awaiting results, is removed from two trips. Results come in negative for COVID. The Company is currently treating as not pay protected per the MOU and personal sick hours (RSA/DSA) will be deducted for the trips. We have asked the Company to justify their position for this case as well.
- Pilot is asymptomatic and has a positive COVID test. Company places pilot in COVID protocol and NOQ status. Pilot gets a second test to confirm positive COVID and while awaiting second test results, View/Add window takes place and pilot cannot participate since NOQ. Second test comes back negative and pilot is returned to flight status.
- Pilot is asymptomatic and has a positive COVID test. Company places pilot in COVID protocol and NOQ status. Pilot is removed from trip which he has guarantee for. Follow up COVID test returns positive as well. Pilot is pay protected under MOU for up to 60 days and any sick hours initially lost are restored.
- Pilot accepts a “drop and draft” offer from CRS and drops his guaranteed regular line trip for a DFT trip. Pilot is asymptomatic and has a positive COVID test. Company places pilot in COVID protocol and NOQ status. Pilot is removed from DFT trip but is not pay protected since he had not blocked out yet.