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In This Issue

Breast Cancer Awareness Lanyard

J.J. O’Donnell Award for Excellence

ARW Pilots Back the PAC

FAPA.aero Comes to PHL in NOV

Checklist Usage

Hotel Committee Update: GRR

ALPA Fundraiser Underway

ARW MEC Hotline

Grievance Committee Chairman Needed

Pay Rates Effective October 1

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October 1, 2014

 

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Lanyard
By ALPA Communications

In August 2014, ARW Captain Daniela Hurley came up with the idea that ALPA produce a pink Breast Cancer Awareness lanyard so ALPA pilots could show their support during October’s annual Breast Cancer Awareness month. Purchase a special edition pink ALPA lanyard for $5 at www.alpagear.com and $1 will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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

New for this BoD, ALPA-PAC will be awarding the J.J. O’Donnell Trophy for Excellence in Political Action during plenary. This award, named for the ALPA President who started ALPA-PAC, will honor the pilot group that has most prioritized the PAC this year. Below are the current standings* in the race for this prestigious award:

1st (tie)

Air Wisconsin

1st (tie)

Mesa

1st (tie)

PSA

4th

ExpressJet

5th

Delta

6th (tie)

Alaska

6th (tie)

United

8th

Spirit

9th

Hawaiian

10th

FedEx

*Standings are based equally on percentage growth of both participation and receipts

There is still time push ahead! The competition will end on October 15th and all new signups must be received by close of business that day. The MEC encourage all pilots to sign up for the PAC between now and then.

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ARW Pilots Back the PAC

By ARW MEC

 

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. In August 2014 we reached 10.2% and as of September 9, 2014 – 15.5% of Air Wisconsin pilots give to the PAC. 

 

One of the most effective ways ALPA pilots garner influence with the nation’s political community is through the ALPA Political Action Committee: ALPA-PAC. By pooling contributions from ALPA members, ALPA is able to help elect pro-pilot members of Congress who support the union’s legislative agenda—regardless of political affiliation. ALPA’s goal is to ensure a pro-pilot majority in the House and the Senate. ALPA-PAC also helps educate members of Congress about who we are, what issues are important to us, and how Congress’s decisions affect our lives.

ALPA-PAC is funded 100 percent by voluntary contributions from U.S. ALPA members. No dues money is used for political contributions. Every year, thousands of ALPA members demonstrate their commitment to the PAC and its goals through their contributions. Some give annually by
personal check or credit card.

The following ARW pilots “Backed the PAC” in August 2014—for their future, for your future, and for the future of airline pilots. These pilots understand that the future of this industry and our careers will be won or lost on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit www.alpa.org/ALPAPAC.

 

Jared Armstrong

Mark Lockwood

Joel Bertrand

Wayne Lougheed

Brendan Cantwell

Charles Mader

Matthew Chadwick

Walter Mora

Richard Clarke

Douglas Munro

James Connell

Mohsin Naqvi

Kevin Cox

Eric Nord

Keith Day

Rodney North

Richard Dixon

Michael Perrizon

Reed Donoghue

Shane Petersen

James Doro

Christopher Price

Alvaro Felizardo

Andrew Rabe

James Frassetto

Kenneth Reinert

Colin Gallahgher

John Roback

Ashley Gordon

Javier Rodriguez

Kristen Hayden

Christopher Salazar

Ryan Hicks

Nicholas Sand

Kenneth Honneffer

Roberto Santiago

Daniela Hurley

Thorne Saylor

Dashiel Jacobs

Heather Schmitt

Erik Johnson

Brian Shaw

Matt Johnson

Ronald Stocki

Benjamin Keider

Christopher Suhs

Joseph Kessel

Richard Swindell

David King

Charles Wharton

Bryan Knight

Rachel Wheldon

Jeremy Krieger

Ryan Williams

Kevin Kuranz

Jeffrey Wirth

Matthew Langer

Jeffrey Woodham

Julien Le Douaron

 

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FAPA.aero Comes to PHL in NOV
By ARW MEC

 

The ARW MEC has negotiated and facilitated an exciting ALPA benefit for the pilot group; including any new pilots hired between now and August 2016. The MEC has partnered with FAPA.aero and is pleased to be offering a FREE 2-year FAPA.aero Basic Membership to provide job-hunting and career decision assistance.  In addition to the FREE 2-year membership you will have three choices of dates to attend a FAPA.aero Pilot Career & Interview Skills Workshop curtailed exclusively for Air Wisconsin pilots. These workshops will be on November 11, 13, and 15 at a location convenient to the PHL airport - meeting location and additional details will follow shortly. Please visit www.FAPA.aero/ARW to get registered with your FAPA.aero membership and to also register for one of the Pilot Career & Interview Skills Workshops in PHL.  While registering, keep in mind:

 

·         You can register for a Free Basic Membership without signing up for a Pilot Career and Interview Skills Workshop date 

·         You can register for both the Free Basic Membership and the Pilot Career and Interview Skills Workshop, pick a date, and you will be able to adjust your chosen date once November schedules are finalized 

·         You will be able to ask specific questions on the form about the event when you register (or you can contact Richard Swindell or Chris Suhs directly).

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Checklist Usage
By ARW MEC

Recently, a flight crew initiated a “push” time without insuring that the required amount of fuel was onboard the aircraft. The total push time ended up being 45 minutes as the crew waited for the fuel truck to arrive. Later, the crew had noted that Dispatch had unilaterally changed their push time without the crew’s permission, but Dispatch had done so because there was no communication from the crew and they had a reasonable basis to think that there was an error with the ACARS.

An investigation by the company identified several issues:

(1)  The crew should not be pushing back without the proper amount of fuel

(2)  Dispatch should not be changing ACARS times without consulting the crew, and

(3)  The crew should have been keeping Dispatch advised about the nature of the push delay.


Of course, this entire situation could have been avoided had the checklist been performed at the proper time. Many times we find ourselves departing from an unfamiliar airport, maintenance hangar, or a hard stand, and it is usually at the request of MX Control or Dispatch in an attempt to expedite the return to service of a particular airplane.  While performing these types of operations it is important to use the same Checklist Discipline that you would if you were departing from the gate during normal operations.  If there is an issue or problem after the airplane has registered a push time, be sure to communicate the situation with your Dispatcher immediately so the issue can be resolved, and the correct times can be applied or retained on your flight. Sometimes, the unexpected occurs during a pushback and you should, and will be compensated for that time. However, please be sure to communicate the unexpected problem with Dispatch during the delay as to eliminate any confusion.

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Hotel Committee Update - GRR
By Laura Assia, Hotel Committee Member

A new overnight in our system is GRR and the new crew hotel is a Wyndham Garden that is approximately 3 miles from the airport. The hotel shuttle runs 4:00 am - 1:00 am, and will transport crews both to and from the airport as well as within a 5-mile radius of the hotel.  If crews arrive after those hours the hotel will arrange and pay for a taxi. Near the hotel is a Quaker Steak and Lube Wing House, Chili's, Steak n' Shake and Carrabba's. The hotel has a Garden Bar and Grille, that is open from 6:30-11:00 am and 4:00-10:00 pm daily. The restaurant is not opened for lunch, however room service is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Crews are offered a 35% discount off of food at the restaurant.  A free continental breakfast is offered to crew members.  If you are interested in the hot breakfast - a 35% discount is offered on the hot breakfast option.  For crew members leaving before 6:30 am an early out grab bag is offered for $2.

To the right of the hotel is Woodland Mall, a movie theatre, TGI Friday's, Red Robin, On the Border, Panera and a multitude of other food options. Crews could walk to this area however it is a long enough walk that shuttle service would be recommended. There is also variety of restaurants and shopping to the left of the hotel and a van ride would probably be preferred to that area as well.  The business center consists of two computers and two printers. There is a nice indoor pool at the hotel and the fitness center consists of free weights, a bike, treadmill and elliptical machine. There is a Planet Fitness close by for those crew members that are interested. Please ask the hotel front desk if a hotel guest discount to the gym is available.  All rooms do come standard with a microwave and refrigerator.

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ALPA Fundraiser Underway!

By ALPA Communications

 

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l., proudly announces the launch of the 2014 Board of Directors Charity Fundraiser. Having a charitable drive during ALPA’s biennial BOD meetings has become a great tradition, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s charities.  This year all proceeds will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities®.

Anyone wishing to participate can go online and purchase chances to win several grand prizes including pairs of round-trip tickets (first and business class) on Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Island Air, along with other great prizes.

 

Drawing will take place during the BOD meeting on the evening of Wednesday, October 22.  You do not need to be present to win, but make sure your contact information when you purchase your chances is correct.

 

This year’s goal is $100,000. To enter, or for more information, go to www.lakeside-graphics.com/bod2014. The more tickets you purchase, the greater your chances for winning!

 

Every dollar will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) on behalf of the pilots and staff of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l.

 

RMHC has a 4-star rating, and Charity Navigator scores it at 94.98% of 100 in terms of financial transparency and accountability.

 

For children facing a serious medical crisis, having their parents close by for love and support can be a great comfort. A Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay near their hospitalized child at little or no cost.

 

More information about RMHC can be found at http://www.rmhc.org/about-us

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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 to 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 at arwpilots.alpa.org.

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Grievance Committee Chairman Needed
By ARW MEC

Grievance Committee Chairman, Captain Maggie Eickhoff has tendered her resignation at Air Wisconsin for a ticket on Delta Air Lines. On behalf of a grateful MEC we would like to thank Maggie for her service, dedication, and accomplishments. In her tenure as a Grievance Committee Member and later Chairman, Maggie has tirelessly worked with and supported many within our volunteer structure and our pilot group on a day-to-day basis on scheduling issues, pilot discipline, negotiations, grievances, and dispute resolution. Maggie demonstrated a ceaseless drive and commitment to the Association and the pilots we all represent. This organization would not be what it is today without volunteers like Maggie stepping forward to defend and advance this profession, and her talents and dedication will be missed here at AWAC.

Consistent with MEC policy established in October 2008, all committee chair openings, Negotiating, and Retirement and Insurance (R&I) member positions will be advertised to the Air Wisconsin pilot group. The term of office for this position is concurrent with the term of office of the MEC chairman, which ends Aug. 24, 2016.

The scope and directives of the Grievance chairman include: 

  • Assist the ALPA attorney assigned to the ARW MEC.
     
  • Establish the machinery to act as a clearinghouse for the collection of evidence regarding improper assignments by Crew Scheduling and issue a monthly report to the MEC.
     
  • Process grievances as instructed by the MEC and its officers.
     
  • Coordinate with the Negotiating Committee, Scheduling Committee, and Grievance Review Panel.
     
  • Submit suggested improvements/changes relating to the pertinent sections of the Agreement to the Negotiating Committee 120 days prior to the amendable date.
     
  • Generate a quarterly resume of pending grievances and recent decisions to be sent to the Negotiating and Scheduling Committees, and the MEC.
     
  • Distribute all System Board decisions and grievance awards granted to the MEC.
  • Develop and keep up to date the following:
    • Indexed file of all System Board decisions.
    • Annotated contract including a uniform numbering system and revisions.
    • Decisions from other airlines that affect our airline.
    • Generate an interpretations volume and a Council Grievance Instructional Manual.
    • Develop and make available a grievance recording form.
       
  • Distribute to the MEC representatives and grievant all System Board meeting dates, locations, the referee, etc. on a periodic basis.
     
  • The chairman of the committee shall meet with the staff negotiator and the pilot members of the System Board so as to allow continuing development of a stronger and more responsive presentation of System Board cases, including availability for assistance in preparation, gathering evidence, and obtaining witnesses.
     
  • The MEC Grievance chairman shall review all non-disciplinary grievances prior to submission to the System Board.


Interested pilots should submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via
arwmec@alpa.org by the close of business on Oct. 15. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position, their background, and whether they are interested in other ALPA volunteer positions in the event that they are not elected to this position. Applicants should also call the six voting members of the MEC (i.e. Matthew Chadwick, Ben Grant, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher) to discuss the position and garner support. An election for the Grievance Committee chairman will be at the fall MEC meeting on Oct. 16th, 2014, prior to the ALPA Board of Directors Meeting.

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Pay Rates Effective October 1, 2104
By ARW MEC

Effective October 1, 2014

 

 

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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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2014 DATES

Oct. 6-8

Mediation

Oct. 16-17

MEC Meeting, FLL

Oct. 20-23

ALPA Board of Directors Meeting, FLL

2015 Dates

Feb 13-21

MEC Regular Meeting

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

Oct. 16-24

MEC Regular Meeting

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The Pay Day Hotline is an electronic, semimonthly publication of the ARW MEC. Questions or comments about the material it contains may be directed to a local council representative or the Communications Committee at arwcommunications@alpa.org.

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