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In This Issue

FAPA.aero Comes to PHL in November

Donate Tonight!

ALPA Fundraiser Underway

Breast Cancer Awareness Lanyard

CASC Reps Needed

Aeromedical Committee Update

Scheduling Committee Update

Jumpseat Committee Update

Ebola Health Concerns

Negotiating Committee Update

Committee Activity for September

ARW Hotline

Sept. Resignations

Upcoming Dates

 

Quick Links

FAR Part 117 Info

File an ASAP Report

File an Issue Form

Security Issue

Jumpseat Issue

Hotel Complaint

Back the PAC

Update Contact Info

 

Stay Informed

Join us on Facebook.

Listen to the weekly MEC podcast.

Pilots helping pilots. Donate to the Pilots for Pilots Fund.

Check out the WeAreALPA channel on YouTube for the latest news and information.

Polo shirts, jackets, and accessories—products to suit your off-duty, casual lifestyle. Wear ALPAgear apparel and show your unity and your pride!

Back the PAC!

 

Email Contacts

MEC Officers

LEC 49 (DCA)

LEC 50 (LGA/ORF)

LEC 51 (PHL)

Contract Status

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No Pass

2

With Company

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No Pass

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TA

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With ALPA

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With ALPA

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With Company

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No Pass

31

No Pass

October 15, 2014


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 opportunities to attend a FAPA.aero Pilot Career & Interview Skills Workshop designed 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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DONATE TONIGHT!

By ARW MEC

 

Four ALPA pilot groups remain in the lead for the J.J. O’Donnell Trophy for Excellence in Political Action, which will be awarded at the ALPA Board of Directors Meeting on October 21 and this is the final day of the competition. ALL new signups must be received in the DC office by 11:59pm TONIGHT Wednesday, October 15. This award, named for the ALPA President who started ALPA-PAC, will honor the pilot group that has 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

1st (tie)

ExpressJet

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

FAQ: Is it acceptable to donate $5.00 to the ALPA PAC?
Answer: YES!

The easiest and most efficient way to contribute before tonight’s deadline is the ALPA-PAC contribution page. All signups through the website come directly and instantly to ALPA Government Affairs.

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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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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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CASC Reps Needed
By ARW MEC

 

The Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) is currently seeking additional members to fill vacancies left by departing members, with as many as three open positions available. In particular, they are seeking a member to act an “ASAP Analyst” who will be assigned to the ASAP committee to do root cause analysis on various events, including FAR 117 reports submitted by pilots. In addition, they are also seeking CASC Members at large to work as needed on various safety issues, initiatives, and accident investigation. These position are open to all ALPA members in good standing – the only requirement is an interest in safety. Our ALPA Representatives and ALPA National will train you if you are interested in joining the safety structure as a volunteer representative; of course, safety backgrounds are appreciated. If you are interested in being considered for a position, please contact CASC Chair and LGA Captain Dan Lehenbauer. Contact information for Dan and all other ARW ALPA volunteers are found in the ARW ALPA Directory attached to this PDH.

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Aeromedical Committee Update – Short-term Disability and FMLA
By Jack Roback, Aeromedical Chairman

 

I would like to remind all pilots that if you plan to be absent from work for more than 7 calendar days for accident or sickness due to your own disability you may qualify for Short Term Disability – please reference Section 27 of the CBA. In addition, use Family Medical Leave if you have a serious health condition that means you can’t do your job and you plan to be absent from work for:

 

·         More than three days in a row.

·         Hours or days not necessarily in a row (intermittent).

·         A hospitalization for any amount of time.

 

Or, for one of the following:

 

·         Birth of a child and care of a newborn child.

·         Placement of a child with you for adoption or foster care.

·         Care for a spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition.

·         Qualifying exigency reason(s) due to a family member’s military deployment.

·         Care for a family member who’s incurred a serious injury or illness in the line of active military duty.

·         For General Medical Leave of Absence – If you’re expected to be absent from work for general medical leave of absence.


Please visit
http://myairwis.com for more information.

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Scheduling Committee Update – Training and Scheduling
By Tyson Howard, Scheduling Committee Chairman


As we are seeing a lot of new hires and hopefully a plethora of upgrades, I wanted to bring your attention to a few details in the CBA regarding the interface between training and monthly line flying.

At the end of OE, if you have not been awarded a bid line for the month, the CBA allows 2 days off following OE. If you are not given these two days off, scheduling needs to be contacted immediately in order to rectify the situation. If you have been awarded a line, you are not guaranteed these 2 days, but you are allowed the standard 12 hours off in domicile rest.

 

If you are a lineholder and are assigned reserve when they build your schedule following OE, you are allowed to sit your reserve days at home (wherever you live) and if you are called, you are given time “for the pilot to travel from his home to the flight assignment, including time to prepare to travel.”

 

And for the upgrade candidates out there, “a pilot will be released from all duty for the two (2) calendar days immediately preceding the day the pilot is scheduled to report for a long-term training event, provided the pilot notifies the Company of his intention at the time he bids or at the time he is advised that he is scheduled for training, whichever comes last.” The company has taken a pretty hard line on the “time you are advised that you are scheduled for training” part, so please make sure that you notify them immediately that you want these two days off. ALPA’s position is that we feel that this “immediately” requirement is not correct and that pilots should be able to make this call within a reasonable time, however we nevertheless encourage pilots to call as soon as they can to ensure that they don’t have problems with Crew Scheduling. Please file an issue form if you have been harmed.

 

Welcome to the new hires and congratulations to the upgrade candidates.

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Jumpseat Committee Update – Commuter Clause
By Nick Chichester, Jumpseat Committee Chairman


There has been some recent confusion with regards to the AWAC commuter policy. Since the Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed there have been two Letters of Agreement that have also been signed; LOA 12 Commuter Policy dated 02/27/2008, and LOA 15 Commuter Policy dated 07/02/2008.  Currently, in order to qualify for the commuter policy a pilot must be travelling within the contiguous United States and Canada.  Sorry, Alaska and Hawaii are not covered in the policy.  The pilot does not have to be travelling on a US Airways flight; listing in CASS or other reasonable proof that the pilot attempted to get on a flight is sufficient.  For a one-leg commute, the first flight must arrive in the pilot’s domicile at least 2 hours prior to the pilot’s check-in time.  This means that if your check-in time is 1400, then your first attempt to get to your domicile must get you there at or before 1200.  If you are unable to get on the first flight, your second attempt must get you to your domicile at least 30 minutes prior to check-in time. 

Staying with the 1400 check-in time, your second flight must get you to your domicile at or before 1330. If you have a multi-leg commute, the two attempts are based on your originating city as long as the connections get you to your domicile 2 hours prior to check-in and the backup gets you into domicile at least 30 minutes prior to check-in. I commute out of Tucson, AZ. With a 2200 check-in time, my first option connects thru Dallas and gets me into PHL at 1830. My back-up flight goes to PHX and gets me into PHL at 2110. These flights are acceptable according to the contract if something were to happen and I needed to use the commuter clause. If a pilot chooses not to have the two required flights (with the appropriate times) and something prevents him from getting to domicile, the commuter clause may not apply to prevent the pilot from having to answer for not being in domicile as required. When commuting, please do so responsibly in order to utilize the contract for your protection. These LOAs and others can be found at arwpilots.alpa.org, dropdown Resources, to LOAs and MOUs.

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Ebola Health Concerns

By ARW MEC

 

This is a summary of a letter sent out earlier this month by ALPA President Lee Moak concerning the recent Ebola outbreak.

 

ALPA has developed a website to inform its members of any health concerns or questions regarding the spread of Ebola. ALPA continues to have full confidence in the air travel procedures currently in place related to the Ebola outbreak.

 

ALPA will continue to be engaged and work with the FAA, CDC, and airlines to develop additional procedures to provide for additional layers of screening and safety of all flights transporting passengers from those affected countries.

 

Remember, according to CDC, Ebola is transmitted through rough, direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with blood or bodily fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, with objects like needles and syringes that have been contaminated with the virus, or with infected animals. Ebola is not spread through the air, by water, or, in general, by food. There is no evidence that mosquitos or other insects can transmit Ebola virus. Only mammals have shown the ability to become infected with and spread Ebola virus.

 

For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/about.html.

 

Remember, if you find yourself in a hazardous situation, please call ALPAs Worldwide ACCIDENT/INCIDENT HOTLINE at 202-797-4180 or the backup Number at 703-892-4180 (call collect if necessary).

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Negotiating Committee Update on Mediation

By Mark Lockwood, Negotiating Committee Chairman

 

We had a two day mediation session October 7 and 8 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Attending for ALPA were Mark Lockwood, Bob Burgess, Richard Swindell, David Holtzman and Cory Tennen.  The Company was represented by Bob Frisch, Ed Leverton, Andrea Jensen and Tina Vos.  Jim Mackenzie continues to serve as the mediator.  I previously reported that the Company was going to use outside counsel, but that is no longer the case.  The lead negotiator at this session was Bob Frisch. 

 

This session was very busy and productive.  We exchanged passes on Section 13: Leaves of Absence, Section 25: Scheduling, Section 26: General and Section 27: Insurance.  We achieved Tentative Agreements on Section 7: Vacation and Section 14: Sick Leave.  The next mediation session is scheduled for November 20 and 21. Please see the attached Section Status for the complete list of TAs.

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Committee Activity for September 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 September Negotiating Committee Chairman Mark Lockwood, and Pilot Assistance Committee Chairman Aaron Fry recorded committee updates 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.”

The ASAP Committee is composed of Chairman Chris Fuson and Secondary Representatives Marlena Cooper, and Ron Baker. 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 conducted on 9/4, 9/11, 9/18, 10/2, and 10/9, with significant event meetings on 10/3 and 10/10. ASAP reports 47 open events mostly due to the complexity of the latest round of reports.

 

On September 17 and 18, Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Dan Lehenbauer attended an ASAP Working Group Meeting in Herndon, VA as an ASAP SME (Subject Matter Expert) for the purpose of discussing and formulated ALPA’s formal response to the proposed update to the ASAP Advisory Circular 120-66C that will be published in the Federal Register.

 

The semiannual FAA-industry meeting, Aviation Safety InfoShare was held in Baltimore, MD from September 21-23, and has become the primary means of disseminating information about Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS). InfoShare meetings are now regularly connected to ASIAS as a source of information and have become an opportunity for our Central Air Safety Committee (CASC), Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA), Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP), and Training and Testing Committee to engage with many ASIAS-member airlines and non-ASIAS members, and to share safety issues, concerns and experiences with the FAA, aircraft manufacturers, other airlines, and among themselves. In attendance were CASC Chairman Dan Lehenbauer, FOQA Chairman Ron Stocki, ASAP Chairman Chris Fuson, ASAP Member Marlena Cooper, and Training and Testing Chairman Charlie Mader. Attending for Air Wisconsin were Chris White, Gregg Syring, and Morgan Scribner. Captain Syring presented a topic on P-56 incursions.

 

The September FMT (FOQA Monitoring Team) meeting was held in Baltimore in conjunction with the FAA InfoShare Conference.  In attendance were FOQA Chairman Ron Stocki, Member Derek Hamill, and Gregg Syring.  The primary topic of discussion was the ARMS method for risk classification, and how we would be applying it to our FOQA events. The group also met in ATW last week to reach further consensus, and to work on FOQA data access for the FOQA committee.

 

CIRP Member Rob Alward and more than 50 ALPA members and other interested parties attended the annual meeting of pilots who chair their MEC’s Critical Incident Response Programs (CIRP) held at the Association’s Herndon Conference Center on September 22-24. Attendees came from as far away as Germany, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Pilots from Silver Airlines, American Airlines, and Lufthansa, plus representatives from the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and Stiftung Mayday Foundation participated.

 

CIRP uses pilots and spouses trained as peers to lessen the stress reactions that accidents or incidents may have on pilots, accident investigators, and their families. Pilot and family peer support volunteers are trained in structured defusing and debriefing techniques that help flightcrew members and their families more effectively deal with the normal reactions of individuals to abnormal events in their lives. This time-critical, peer-based support accelerates recovery from those events before harmful stress reactions damage job performance, careers, families, personal life, and health.

 

Grievance Committee Member Graham Downing is now in charge of the issue form branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Graham regarding your issue form, please make his job easier by calling him back or responding to his 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.

Jumpseat / Security Chairman Nick Chichester added Captain Tejas Pandejee to the committee – thank you Tejas for stepping forward for the pilot group.

 

Membership Committee Chairman Matt Dugan 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.

 

In August, the Retirement and Insurance Committee held its quarterly meeting in Baltimore, MD where the committee discussed Plan Statistics and Trends, Fee Review, Investment Lineup Overview, Retirement Date Funds, and future committee communications. In attendance were Retirement and Insurance Chairman Rich Clarke, Members Jay Jackson and Sean Foley, as well as outgoing MEC Chairman Richard Swindell and incoming MEC Chairman Chris Suhs.

 

Scheduling Committee Chairman Tyson Howard, and MEC Chairman Chris Suhs attended the ALPA and A4A hosted “Flight Time / Duty Time” workshop in Washington DC on September 25-26. A4A is the association that represents most of the airlines for which U.S. ALPA members fly. More than 140 key stakeholders—ALPA local pilot group leaders, ALPA labor relations attorneys, and representatives of the FAA and U.S. airlines engaged in spirited, collegial discussions on the state of the FAA’s current fatigue rules for passenger airline pilots and to review nearly nine months of experience with FAR Part 117. ALPA continues to press hard to overturn the “cargo carveout” that irrationally exempted all-cargo pilots from the new rules.

 

Tyson 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 scheduling related issues to your Scheduling Committee and file a file issue form if there is a contractual violation. If you need a badge backer or Part 117 Reference Card, please contact Membership Committee Chairman Matt Dugan at 920-277-2177 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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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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September Resignations

Employee
Number

LastName

FirstName

Terminated
Date

595

Prussner

David

9/1/2014

7952

Rowan

Scott

9/17/2014

13255

Bernstiel

Jason

9/7/2014

13256

Profitt

Benjamin

9/21/2014

18199

Santiago

Roberto

9/5/2014

18329

McCurry

Danielle

9/23/2014

22226

Richardson

Selene

9/30/2014

23800

Thomas

Robert

9/21/2014

24624

Benston

Jonathan

9/3/2014

25040

Sabella

Jeffrey

9/3/2014

25852

Tizol Velez

Anthony

9/12/2014

25897

El Maadawy

Ahmed

9/29/2014

25945

Rodriguez

Luis

9/28/2014

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Upcoming Dates

2014 Dates        

Oct. 16-17     MEC Meeting, FLL

Oct. 20-23     ALPA Board of Directors Meeting, FLL

Nov. 20-21    Mediated Negotiations


2015 Dates
        

Feb 13-21      MEC Regular Meeting

June 12-20     MEC Regular Meeting

Oct. 16-24     MEC Regular Meeting   

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