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MEC Plans Pilot Career and Interview Skills Workshops

Matt Dugan Starts Term as Membership Committee Chairman

Tyson Howard Starts Term as Scheduling Committee Chairman

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CASC Chairman Needed

Negotiating Committee Members Needed

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MEC Plans Pilot Career and Interview Skills Workshops for Nov. 2014
By ARW MEC

 

Career progression is a primary interest to the majority of Air Wisconsin pilots, and is also one of the principle goals of the National Fee for Departure Committee.  Although pilot hiring during the last decade has been fairly stagnant, it has recently started gaining momentum.  Because of the stagnation, lack of interview experience and exposure to this skillset in general, and the highly competitive nature of pilot hiring, the ARW MEC is exploring ways to assist ARW pilots who would like to advance their career beyond Air Wisconsin to be successful in doing so.

 

On August 25th, 2014 the ARW MEC held a Special MEC Meeting to discuss and promote these concepts. The ARW MEC recognizes the importance of meticulous preparation and the utmost attention to detail when seeking a new job, and acknowledges the highly competitive aviation job market. The National Fee for Departure Committee has indicated that recent mainline interview failures have been partially the result of not being adequately prepared for the interview process, and that interviewing is a specific and necessary skillset in order to advance a pilot’s career. It has also been determined that FAPA Aero provides the tools and resources to assist a pilot in being successful in today’s hiring environment. 

 

As a result of ARW MEC strategic planning, 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.

 

We will be announcing dates for Pilot Career and Interview Skills Workshops to be help in PHL in November 2014. Please look for future communications from your MEC with the date, location, times, and details of these workshops as well as the terms and conditions of the ALPA provided FAPA Aero basic membership.

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CA Matthew Dugan Starts Term as Membership Chairman
By ARW MEC

 

During the Regular MEC Meeting in YUL in June 2014, the MEC elected CA Matthew Dugan to serve as the Membership committee chairman, who started his term on August 25, 2014.

 

The Membership Committee chairman serves as a coordinator for membership activities in each domicile, coordinates activities with the ALPA Membership Department and the Airline Analyst in Washington, and keeps the MEC informed on furlough or recall actions and the various actions that accompany those matters.

Recently, as a Membership committee member, Matt has been the first ALPA face that a new hire ARW pilot sees. He shares the ALPA “welcome aboard” presentation and assists new hires with filling out their membership applications so that they can be processed as apprentice members by ALPA National; further, he discusses and educates the new hires on the benefits of ALPA membership.

Matthew grew up as the son of an Air Wisconsin pilot; after his military service, Matthew’s father, Gary Dugan, moved the family from Nebraska to Appleton when he accepted a job at Air Willy in the early eighties.  As a young boy, Matthew played youth baseball and the team sponsor was Air Wisconsin. Matt states “I have always been around aviation and Air Wisconsin in one way or another.” 

After he graduated with an Associate’s Degree from the Fox Valley Technical College he got a job instructing at Max Air, which is the local F.B.O. in Appleton. After a little more than a year instructing, he was hired as a first officer by Air Wisconsin in January 2008.  In 2010, Matthew entered the training department as an INDOC instructor, and in 2011 he branched out and started instructing our new hires on the systems of the CL-65.  Since then, Matthew has also been a recurrent instructor and has even done a little CPT instruction.  He recently upgraded to Captain, has been flying the line regularly and is currently working on his Bachelor’s Degree, with hopes to graduate next year.

Matt sums up his goals for the committee, “as Membership chairman I will work closely with all of the ALPA volunteers and new hires to satisfy the duties of my position in a timely manner.”

On behalf of the entire MEC, please join us in thanking Matt for his willingness to serve our pilot group.

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FO Tyson Howard Starts Term as Scheduling Chairman
By ARW MEC

 

During the Regular MEC Meeting in YUL in June 2014, the MEC elected FO Tyson Howard to serve as the Scheduling Committee chairman for the term starting August 25, 2014. The MEC is grateful to Tyson for stepping forward to chair this important committee that deals with both pre-bid and post-bid scheduling issues with regards to the CBA and FAA Part 117.

 

The Scheduling chairman meets as needed with AWAC Crew Planning personnel and discusses any problems or procedures pertinent to the scheduling of ARW pilots, to arrive at potential areas of agreement and reports that information back to the MEC. Subsequently, the MEC makes formal recommendations to AWAC Crew Planning after the MEC has had the opportunity to establish policy or procedures regarding such problems.

Other responsibilities include preparing a detailed report covering the anticipated manpower impact of future Tentative Agreements, and distributing them to the MEC prior to the ratification meeting. Also reportable to the MEC is incidents of "Junior Manning” and vacation days relinquished by the pilots for personal trip drops. The Scheduling chairman has contact with the local scheduling representatives to discuss any problems at the local domiciles, including reviewing the schedules monthly before the lines of flying go to the domiciles, and also dealing with schedule problems of a local nature. Furthermore, they work with and support the ARW Reserve Resource Coordinator, who specializes in issues specific to the life of a reservist - including contractual provisions, professional conduct, and reserve quality of life.

Tyson was hired by Air Wisconsin in October 2011. Most of his tenure at Air Wisconsin has been served in the DCA domicile, with a short stint in ORF. He has been acting as the vice-chairman of the Scheduling Committee for about a year, and has served as a member of the Part 117 Working Group both pre and post 117 implementation.

 

Tyson grew up in Cincinnati and earned a four year degree from Embry-Riddle Online University. He has worked as a flight instructor in Anchorage, AK, and more recently served six years flying Cessna 207s and Piper Navajo Chieftains for a Scheduled 135 operation in Western Alaska.

 

On behalf of the entire MEC, please join us in thanking Tyson for his willingness to serve our pilot group.

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ALPA Wants Your Photos

By ARW MEC

 

ALPA needs photos of pilot groups in action, in uniform, and in command.

 

They are developing several projects for the BOD and they need your photos to make sure ARW pilots are represented. ALPA needs about 20+ from every group to make sure they have enough. Photos should be emailed to Kimberly.Seitz@alpa.org before August 27.

 

Some details:

·      the photos need to be hi-res (300 dpi) so that they can be enlarged

·      photos from iPhones, Androids, and the like work great—just make sure you use the higher resolution format

·      please provide photos of a variety of people—ten shots of the same person doing the same thing is pretty much the same photo—doing a variety of things

·      last time, ALPA received a number of photos from pilots currently serving in the military and it was a great way to recognize our troops—please send those along

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Central Air Safety Committee Chairman Needed
By ARW MEC

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

In addition to being responsible for the staffing of the ARW MEC air safety structure, the scope and directives of the CASC chairman are as follows:

  1. Develop the budget for the CASC and oversee the expenditures. At least quarterly provide a report to the vice chairmen on the expenditures and the condition of the budget.
     
  2. Process all air safety matters arising within the ARW MEC. Act as advisor to the MEC on engineering and air safety matters.
     
  3. Act as primary liaison between the staff of AWAC, its company safety specialist, and the MEC on safety matters.
     
  4. Act as primary liaison between the various directors of safety and the MEC.
     
  5. All contacts relating to safety with AWAC management at HDQ above the staff level, the FAA, the NTSB, and other government agencies, the aviation industry, or the news media will normally be made, after authorization by the MEC chairman, by the CASC chairman; but may, upon his specific direction, be delegated to another member of the CASC.
     
  6. Determine pilot opinion on safety matters as necessary or when requested by the ALPA Engineering and Air Safety Department or the ALPA Executive Central Safety Committee (ECASC) chairman, in liaison with the ARW MEC.
     
  7. Disseminate Engineering and Air Safety information to the MEC, the appropriate airlines and, as necessary, to the ARW pilots directly.
     
  8. Forward information and any suggested solutions for air safety problems to ALPA Engineering and Air Safety Department and the CASC chairman for coordination with other airlines and/or ALPA Air Safety Technical Committees. Safety matters of overall ALPA importance shall be promptly reported to the ALPA Engineering and Air Safety Department and the CASC.
     
  9. Coordinate all of the activities of the CASC, Accident Investigation Committee, ASAP Committee, and the FOQA Committee with the MEC.
     
  10. Submit monthly reports to the MEC the first of every month.

Interested pilots should submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via email to
arwmec@alpa.org by the close of business on Sept 16, 2014. Requirements include: experience on a safety committee, member of a Technical Group/Committee, or equivalent air safety experience, as well as past attendance at ALPA National Safety Courses. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position, their background, and whether they are interested in serving as a member of the CASC or in another ALPA volunteer position 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. An election for the CASC chairman will be held during a special MEC conference call after the MEC has reviewed all candidates.

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Negotiating Committee Member Needed
By ARW MEC

In July, Erik Johnson resigned from Air Wisconsin to fly for US Airways. Thank you to Erik for your 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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ARW Pilots Back the PAC
By ARW MEC

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 June and July of 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.

 

June Contributors

Jared Armstrong

Kristen Brown

Brendan Cantwell

Richard Clarke

Reed Donoghue

Margaret Eickhoff

Robert Fogelsanger

Colin Gallagher

Devan Gangadean

Daniela Hurley

Erik Johnson

Matt Johnson

Benjamin Keider

Jeremy Krieger

Christopher Likins

Mark Lockwood

Robert Markise

Schuyler Nachod

Andrew Rabe

Kenneth Reinert

Thorne Saylor

Chris Suhs

Richard Swindell

Jeffrey Wirth

Jeffrey Woodham

July Contributors

Jared Armstrong

Brendan Cantwell

James Cathcart

Richard Clarke

Kevin Cox

Jorge Cuevas

Reed Donoghue

Robert Fogelsanger

Michael Fritchen

Colin Gallagher

James Higginbotham

Daniela Hurley

Erik Johnson

Matt Johnson

Benjamin Keider

Kristopher Kerkman

James Killian

Curtiss Kimberly

Jeremy Krieger

Matthew Langer

Joseph Lavely

Mark Lockwood

Robert Markise

Mark Maxwell

Rodney North

Andrew Paulus

Michael Perrizo

Kevin Poley

Andrew Rabe

Jennifer Reineck

Kenneth Reinert

Brian Shaw

Kurt Shipman

Timothy Simmons

Chris Suhs

Darren Sullivan

Richard Swindell

Jeffrey Wirth

Jeffrey Woodham

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FFDC Meeting, Herndon

Sept. 10-11

ALPA Executive Board Meeting, IAD

Sept. 11

9/11 Memorial Service, Herndon

Sept. 24-25

UAL FFD Open House, DEN

Oct. 6-8

Mediation (Tentative)

Oct. 16-17

MEC Meeting, FLL

Oct. 20-23

ALPA Board of Directors Meeting, FLL

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MEC Regular Meeting

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

Oct. 16-24

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