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Jury Duty…

March 14th, 2005 · 2 Comments

I got a jury summons in the mail not too long ago. It requires me to be “on-call” for the week of March 28th, which basically means: call every night after 5pm to see if you’re required to appear the following day. If they call you out and you don’t get selected to actually sit on a jury that day, you’re done and are released. However, the “on-call” process could conceivably last an entire five-day period.

I’ve read my company’s Crewmember Policy Manual, and it says that if I’m required to serve jury duty that I’ll be paid for the time I miss. Nowhere in the policy manual does it say I have to sit on an actual jury. I consider my being required to be available as serving my civic duty just as well as serving on an actual jury. However, I’ve just been told by my company that I will not get paid unless I actually sit on a jury for a trial.

So I could be sitting on my ass for five days, not get called to appear in court for the jury selection process, and be out four days worth of pay.

Needless to say, I’m a little upset at this prospect.

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  • 1 Sam // Mar 17, 2005 at 6:26 pm

    This is one of the benefits of having a union on property. Right now you really bave no recourse – the company has the last word. With a union, you’d have the grievance process as a recourse. Of course, if you’re still reading my blog you probably saw where I was all pissed at the company for stiffing me out of 1.5 hours, but I didn’t mention grieving it. It’s a pain-in-the-ass process for $60 worth, but 4 days of captain pay is nothing to sneeze at. Oh well – you’ll be at SWA soon, the envy of the rest of us mortal pilots! Take care man.

  • 2 GC // Mar 19, 2005 at 3:58 am

    I agree.

    One of the misconceptions that others throughout the industry have about SkyWest is that we have no process to overcome violations of our contract. We do, in fact, have a process that is identical to the grievance-process, only we call it by a different name. It still takes longer than it should and it still doesn’t necessarily get you anything in the end.

    Thanks for the comment, Sam!

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