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In This Issue

JJ O’Donnell Award for Excellence

FAPA Comes to PHL

ALPA Never Forgets

Join FDX Pilots for Info Picketing

Coffee & Conversation

Pilot Pay & Benefit Shortage

Fee For Departure Meeting Update

ARW MEC Hotline Updated

Committee Updates for August

Negotiating Committee Member Needed

August Resignations

Pay Rates Effective October 1

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September 15, 2014

 

 

JJ O’Donnell Award for Excellence in Political Action
By ARW MEC

Zack Mooneyham of the ALPA Government Affairs Department gave an ALPA PAC update to the Executive Board and the progress report shows the Air Wisconsin pilots are currently in the lead to win the inaugural JJ O’Donnell Award for Excellence in Political Action.  The award, which is named after the former ALPA President who started ALPA-PAC, is based on the increased percentage of new contributors and the increased percentage of money contributed.  Air Wisconsin pilots currently lead in both categories. Our PAC participation has sky rocketed over the past two years. In 2012, only 3% of our pilots gave to the PAC, which was pretty much just the MEC and its Officers. As of August 2014, 10.2% of Air Wisconsin pilots give to the PAC and it is the goal of the MEC to reach 19% by the end of 2014 (but let’s not stop there; become a regular contributor). In order to reach that goal and claim the JJ O’Donnell Award for our group we need you. We need you to get onto ALPA.org, select the PAC link, and contribute to the ALPA PAC – any amount will do!

 

Please visit http://www.alpa.org/ALPAPAC for more information on how your PAC dollars are used to defend and advance our industry and profession and to set up a monthly recurring contribution that is comfortable for your budget.   [If you need help retrieving your ALPA number and password, contact Membership Services: 1-888-FLY-ALPA (1-888-359-2572) for assistance - select prompts 3, then 3, then prompt 1 if you know your ALPA number, or prompt 3 to speak to an ALPA representative. Available weekdays 0900-1700 Eastern Time.] The cutoff date is October 15th to count towards the award.

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FAPA Aero Comes to PHL in NOV
By ARW MEC

 

Mark your calendar, reserve the date, and bid accordingly to attend FAPA Aero Career and Interview Skills Workshops on November 11, 13, or 15) hosted by the ARW MEC at the Sheraton Suites Philadelphia Airport.  Details about the meeting will be forthcoming, but for now, clear your schedule. 

 

As has been previously communicated; as a result of ARW MEC strategic planning, the MEC has determined that the Air Wisconsin pilots will benefit from a two-year FAPA membership while also having the option to attend interview prep, resume, and logbook workshops hosted by the ARW MEC and administered by FAPA Aero. The ARW MEC will fund the FAPA Aero basic membership and other associated contractually negotiated provisions, and promote designated workshops for all active and new hire ARW pilots.

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ALPA Never Forgets

ARW Communications

 

Captain Richard Swindell, Captain Jeff Pruett and Captain Ken Reinert attended the ALPA September 11th ceremony held in the Remembrance Garden at the ALPA offices in Herndon, VA.  The solemn occasion was attended by an overflow crowd of ALPA pilots, staff and special guests.  ALPA President Captain Lee Moak reminded attendees, “thirteen years ago, today, terrorists based their barbaric success on visible destruction –- of buildings, aircraft, and the death toll – which is why they ultimately failed. They almost destroyed the airline industry. But today, ALPA pilots focus on the work that remains to be done, because we are the guardians of the profession. Pilots know sacrifice. Pilots know resolve. And pilots know it’s our responsibility to be the guardians of safe and secure skies. It’s a pledge we take every day, with every flight.”

 

ALPA First Vice President Captain Sean Cassidy rang a bell as Capt. Moak read the names of all the crewmembers lost in the attacks, Jerry Wright of ALPA’s Engineering & Air Safety Department lead the group in the invocation, and Jody Krazeise of ALPA’s IT Department sang Amazing Grace while ALPA Vice President-Administration/Secretary Captain Bill Couette and ALPA Vice President-Finance/Treasurer Captain Randy Helling placed a memorial wreath at the center of the Remembrance Garden.

 

View additional photos from the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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The FDX MEC has asked the National Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee (SPSC) to invite all fellow ALPA pilots interested to join them on September 23 in three different locations—Memphis, Los Angeles, and Anchorage—for a rally and informational picketing.

 

The FDX pilots are planning informational picketing to show solid support for their negotiating team and efforts to secure realistic and fair improvements to their collective bargaining agreement.  If you would like to demonstrate support for the FDX pilots and our profession, please complete the RSVP form through this link http://bit.ly/spscevent. All pilots should wear their full uniforms.

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Coffee & Conversation with the Chairman

By ARW MEC

 

On September 29, MEC Chairman Chris Suhs will be in the PHL Terminal F Food Court (near Le Bus Café) from 0930-1500 for coffee and conversation; so please stop by to talk with him about what’s on your mind. Later that day, Captain Suhs will be in DCA for the Council 49 Meeting (1600); and immediately following the meeting (1730 – 1930) will be attending the Council 49 gathering at:

 

Buffalo Wild Wings Crystal City

2450 Crystal Drive

Arlington, VA 22202

703-413-0160

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Pilot Pay & Benefit Shortage

By ALPA Communications

 

Want to learn more about the pilot pay and benefit shortage?  Click here for a short letter from Captain Lee Moak, here to visit the ALPA Pay and Benefits Shortage website and here to watch a short whiteboard video.

 

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Fee For Departure Committee Meeting
By ARW ALPA

The ALPA Fee for Departure Committee met at ALPA National Headquarters in Herndon, VA this last Tuesday September 9, 2014; prior to the Executive Board Meeting held Wednesday and Thursday.  As you know, former Air Wisconsin MEC Chairman Capt. Richard Swindell is the newly appointed chairman of that committee and we met with all the ALPA regional MEC chairmen to discuss the challenges facing our sector of the industry.  Also present from Air Wisconsin were Negotiating Committee Chairman Mark Lockwood, Council 50 Vice Chairman and FO Representative Reed Donoghue, and MEC Vice Chairman Jeff Pruett.

 

The primary purpose of these spring and fall meetings, held prior to the start of ALPA’s Executive Board meeting, is to keep lines of communication open and share information and resources.  For this meeting, the MEC chairmen at Envoy, PSA, and Piedmont jointly described their views and experiences of the way in which American Air Group (or AAG) is restructuring their feeder network.  This open and honest dialogue allows other MECs, especially those currently flying within the American brand, to get a sense of where everyone is at and better anticipate changes that may be on the horizon for all of us.  Look for future updates from the MEC on the direction AAG is taking to reshape their regional feed as well as details on the recent Piedmont letter of agreement and shifting of aircraft from Envoy to PSA in the next edition of the X-Ray by our negotiating committee. Each airline has a unique negotiating environment. ALPA tailors support to meet those needs, and each airline negotiates for themselves. It sounds like a holding company has made the decision to transfer flying from one carrier to another; but this doesn’t change the fact that as fellow line pilots, we should treat each other with professionalism and respect.

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ARW MEC Hotline 1-800-257-2279
By ARW ALPA

The ARW MEC Hotline 1-800-257-2279 (1-800-ALPA-ARW) has been updated to reflect changes within our volunteer structure and modified to make it easier to find the support that you require; so please enter this number into your phone.

 

When you call the hotline, you will be able to choose from one of the following options that will connect you to the Chair or Committee Member to help you.

Press 1 to contact your ALPA representatives

Press 2 to reach Critical Incident Response Program, Pilot Assistance or Aeromedical

Press 3 to contact the MEC officers

Press 4 for Safety
Press 5 for Grievance
Press 6 for Scheduling

Press 7 for Training & Testing

Press 8 for Membership

For a complete list of committee and contact information, please reference the Air Wisconsin ALPA Directory found attached to the Pay Day Hotline or located on the back cover of the most recent Wiss-Key.

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Committee Activity for August 2014
By Jeff Pruett, MEC Vice Chairman

This article provides you with an overview of our committees, building on updates from past MEC communications, including Facebook and other mediums. Our ARW ALPA volunteers do an incredible amount of “heavy lifting” for our pilot group, ALPA, the MEC, and Air Wisconsin (that’s right, we’re trying to help Air Wisconsin become a better company). While it’s important for you to know about the work that’s being done, it’s equally important for you to understand the role each committee has in helping the MEC fulfill its mission. This is a summary of the work of your fellow line pilot ALPA volunteers.

In August, outgoing Membership Chairman Brian Gambino recorded a committee update for the pilot group. This and other outstanding podcasts are available here, and iPhone users can download the ipadio podcast app here and search for “Air Wisconsin Pilots.”

Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback was busy in August fielding numerous phone calls from pilots. We presently have ten pilots out on short-term disability. The short-term disability bank balance is roughly $70,000, and the bank funding is turned off for October per Section 27 G. 10 of the CBA.

Several ARW ALPA volunteers were able to attend the 60th Air Safety Forum in Washington D.C. on August 4-7. Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Dan Lehenbauer participated in the biannual Safety Council meeting that was held during the Forum. This Forum fosters valuable discussions with other airlines about current safety issues and programs, as well as updates from all the different National Safety Committees. The Air Safety Forum includes workshops for safety, training, jumpseat and security, as well as council meetings for each of the areas. Also in attendance at the forum and/or breakout sessions were Chief Accident Investigator and CASC Member John Jester; CASC Member Selene Richardson, CASC/FRMP Member Ralph Wainwright; ASAP Chairman Chris Fuson; FOQA Chairman Ron Stocki; Training and Testing Chairman Charlie Mader; as well as outgoing MEC Chairman Richard Swindell and incoming MEC Chairman Chris Suhs.

The ASAP Committee is composed of Chairman Chris Fuson and Secondary Representatives Marlena Cooper, and newly appointed Ron Baker. Under the ARW MEC Policy Manual, an ERC Secondary Representative is appointed by the ASAP Chairman, and confirmed by the CASC Chairman. Ron has a strong background in safety; holding multiple positions with various companies including ACA/Independence Air, the FAA in their ATC department, and the MITRE Corporation.

Due to the confidential nature of this committee, the exact details of their work are not reported to the MEC or the pilot group, and are protected under federal regulations and the ASAP memo of understanding. Nevertheless, this “behind the scenes” committee provides prolific service and enormous safety benefits to our pilot group, our company, and the airline industry. Regular Event Review Committee meetings were held August 20th and 28th. There are two “new” events, and 12 “old” events that are open.

Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Dan Lehenbauer participated in the Air Wisconsin Flight Operations Safety Board (FOSB) Meeting on August 14. Discussions included the Rejected Takeoff Study, Flight Safety Index, DCA Ramp, Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP), Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA), Safety Even Review Program (SERP), and Safety Management System (SMS). In addition, De-Icing programs and the proposed ASAP Advisory Circular (AC 120-66C) in the Federal Register were also discussed.

Communications Committee Chairman Ken Reinert is actively working on the next edition of the Wiss-key, with a print date in early October 2014, just prior to the ARW MEC and ALPA BOD meetings. Any pilots interested in submitting articles and/or pictures in this edition should contact Ken Reinert immediately at 703-862-0596 or Ken.Reinert@alpa.org.

 

In addition to reoccurring monthly preparation, review, and editing of the PDH and other ARW ALPA FastReads, Ken spends a significant amount of time updating email accounts, email distributions, the ARW Directory, ARW web portal, ALPA Mobile App, and The ARW MEC Hotline 1-800-257-2279 (1-800-ALPA-ARW) for the new MEC term transition. Even one name change in our organization requires changes in many different communication tools. Thank you Ken for the extra efforts!

 

Grievance Committee Members Graham Downing and Ken Nesbitt are now in charge of the issue form branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Graham or Ken regarding your issue form, please make their job easier by calling them back or responding to their e-mail as quickly as possible. Issues are resolved through an organized and time-critical process during which the issue form filer needs to be actively engaged. Also, when filing an issue form, provide as much detailed information as you can about the alleged contract violation. Please include a copy of your schedule, a description of the event with applicable names and times, why you believe the contract has been violated, and under what section.

Membership Committee Chairman Matt Dugan and committee Member Brian Gambino asks all pilots to confirm with their fellow pilots that they are receiving ALPA communications. If they are not, please have them contact the Membership Committee at ARWMembership@alpa.org so that we may remedy the situation. During the month of August, the Membership Committee met with two new hire classes to welcome them to Air Wisconsin and ALPA.  Each class had around seven new employees.  Matt went to ALPA National in August to meet with ALPA Membership Service for some training and has had conferences calls with them on ways to enhance our services to our membership.

 

Scheduling Committee Chairman Tyson Howard would like to remind all pilots to be firm, fair, and friendly when dealing with Crew Scheduling. Follow the guidance on the back of your ARW ALPA badge backer and remember that you are on a recorded phone line. Please report all issues to your Scheduling Committee, even if the issue was satisfactorily remedied by Crew Scheduling or a flight manager. If the issue was unresolved, file an issue form. If you do not have a badge backer, please contact Membership Committee Member Brian Gambino at 516-263-4735 or ARWMembership@alpa.org.

On behalf of the MEC, I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their dedication. Much of the progress experienced and many of the goals realized by ARW ALPA are achieved as a result of the ongoing efforts of your volunteers. Thank you.

 

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Negotiating Committee Member Needed
By ARW MEC


In July, Erik Johnson resigned from Air Wisconsin to fly for US Airways. Many thanks to Erik for his service to the Air Wisconsin Pilot Group as a former Training and Testing Chair, SPSC Member, Air Wisconsin ALPA App Developer, Negotiating Committee Member, and for supporting the Training and Testing and Membership committees as needed.  As a result of Erik’s departure, the MEC is in need of a third member for the Negotiating Committee. This Committee is unlike most others in that each member of the Negotiating Committee is elected by the MEC and remains in their positions until and unless a member resigns from the committee or a majority of the MEC resolves to make a change to all or part of the committee. The MEC will be electing one Negotiating Committee member at the fall MEC meeting, which will be held before and concurrent with the Board of Directors Meeting in Hollywood FL, October 16–23, 2014.

The ARW MEC policy manual, which was updated in June 2014, provides specific guidelines for the election process of a Negotiating Committee member:

  • Whenever possible, the election of a Negotiating Committee member(s) shall be announced and scheduled so as to provide a reasonable opportunity for members of the MEC to seek out potential candidates.
     
  • Elections of the Negotiating Committee member(s) shall be conducted at MEC meetings and will be submitted by the MEC chairman as an advance agenda item.
     
  • Each member of the MEC has the privilege of nominating one candidate for each Negotiating Committee position. It is the responsibility of that member to assure his nominee’s willingness to serve.
     
  • The MEC member making the nomination shall be allowed to make a nominating speech not to exceed two minutes. There shall be no seconding speeches.
     
  • After each member of the MEC has had an opportunity to place a name in nomination, and there is at least one nominee from each of the councils, the MEC chairman shall declare the nominations closed.
     
  • Nominations shall be an agenda item of an MEC meeting after the election of the Negotiating Committee chairman.

Interested candidates should contact their LEC representative or another member of the MEC to secure a nomination. Furthermore, after securing a nomination, candidates should continue to garner support from the other MEC members by contacting each member individually. A good Negotiating Committee member should have a strong working knowledge of the ARW ALPA collective bargaining agreement, the Railway Labor Act, and the National Mediation Board. Prior experience with Scheduling, Grievance, and Retirement and Insurance is essential, as are skills that include being able to author detailed proposal changes, organizational talents, and critical thinking skills. Negotiating Committee members need to be laser focused, dedicated, and have flexible schedules as much of the work is performed on days off. Please contact any member of the Negotiating Committee or MEC member if you have further questions.

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August Resignations
By ARW MEC

Pilot Employee
Number

Pilots Name

Resignation
Date

415

Sundby, Nelson

8/9/2014

9719

Voyles, James

8/8/2014

9794

Dye, Mark

8/2/2014

14273

Rolon, Brian

8/22/2014

14382

Berens Jr, John

8/16/2014

14483

Feyrer, Jeremia

8/8/2014

18155

Brown, Kristen

8/8/2014

25399

Wilson, Brian

8/15/2014

25417

Van Lierop, David

8/12/2014

25506

Lam, Michelle

8/17/2014

25511

McCunney, Kevin

8/18/2014

25558

Berger, Matthew

8/12/2014

25566

Murakami, Ruri

8/24/2014

25579

Grand, Earl

8/15/2014

25582

Shacham, Ehud

8/13/2014

25578

Schabla, Zachary

8/11/2014

25831

Burns, Robert

8/20/2014

25832

Telfeian, Arthur

8/28/2014

25834

Van Overhagen, Herbert

8/18/2014

25838

Curran, Edward

8/18/2014

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Pay Rates Effective October 1, 2104
By ARW MEC

Effective October 1, 2014

 

CL-65

Year

CA

FO

1

$    64.19

 $    27.23

2

66.72

        40.03

3

69.76

        41.85

4

71.85

        43.11

5

74.03

        44.42

6

76.26

        45.76

7

78.50

        47.11

8

80.84

        48.51

9

83.34

-

10

85.96

-

11

88.52

-

12

91.42

-

13

94.01

-

14

96.92

-

15

99.31

-

16

101.62

-

17

103.83

-

18

106.08

-

19

-

-

20

-

-

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Upcoming Dates

2014 DATES

Sept. 23

FDX Info Picketing, MEM/LAX/ANC

Sept. 24-25

UAL FFD Open House, DEN

Sept. 29

Coffee & Conversation, PHL

Oct. 6-8

Mediation (Tentative)

Oct. 16-17

MEC Meeting, FLL

Oct. 20-23

ALPA Board of Directors Meeting, FLL

Nov. 11, 13, 15

FAPA Aero in PHL

2015 Dates

Feb 13-21

MEC Regular Meeting

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

Oct. 16-24

MEC Regular Meeting

 

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