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In This Issue

A Serious Threat to Safety

Jumpseat/Security Committee Update

R&I Committee Update

Volunteer of the Quarter

Call to Action; Saracini for Safe Skies

LEC 49 Officer Election Ballot

Stronger Moving Forward

Uniform Bank Update

Watch it NOW!

Toys for Tots

ACARS 7.6 Payout Process

ARW Pilots Back the PAC

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December 1, 2014

 


A Serious Threat to Safety
By ARW MEC and the Central Air Safety Committee

 

As we all prepare for this year’s Winter Operations, the ARW Master Executive Council has communicated its concerns and expectations regarding the deicing and anti-icing of Air Wisconsin aircraft – as well as the level of service provided by the deice vendors – directly to the Air Wisconsin Safety Department.  In recent years, we have received numerous event reports from crewmembers via the ASAP program and Irregularity Reporting Program identifying serious hazards related to the deicing and anti-icing of our aircraft.  Some of these events could have led to catastrophic results had alert flight crew members not intervened to stop the operation.

As we all know, last winter we had two egregious events involving aircraft being released from the deicing pads with ice still adhering to the aircraft.  In both cases the aircraft received post deicing reports from the deicing crew stating that the aircraft were free and clear of contaminants, with Type IV fluid applied over the contamination.  These events occurred at separate hubs and within weeks of one another.  Similar concerns have existed from previous years.  The risk associated with these events is not acceptable.

The ARW MEC asks that all crews be extra diligent in observing the deicing process at all stations.  Please monitor that you see hot Type I fluid being used with copious amounts of steam.  Ensure that the deicing bucket is close to the wing; 5-10 feet would be ideal, and anything greater than 15 feet would be something to question. Monitor that a tactile check is completed prior to application of the Type IV fluid.  Use the conservative end of the holdover scale and be vigilant that the Type IV fluid has not failed and the wing remains glossy prior to takeoff.

Please immediately report all safety concerns directly to dispatch and ask them to forward these reports to Air Wisconsin safety personnel. In addition, please fill out an Irregularity report, an ASAP report, and when time permits contact your local rep or a member of the Central Air Safety Committee. Once again, please err on the side of caution.  If you are able to capture photos or video of deicing that concerns you, please document it as long as it is safe to do so.

 

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Jumpseat / Security Committee Update
By Nick Chichester, Jumpseat / Security Committee Chairman

 

From JetBlue:

"On 10/30/14 JetBlue Airways will begin transitioning from our current process of phone listing for OAL pilots, to a new online process using the website myIDTravel. This process will be nearly identical to the one instituted by American Airlines in 2013, except you will select JetBlue for the airline. This new process should provide a much improved experience for our jumpseaters versus the phone listing process which sometimes involved lengthy hold times. Our company has stated that the plan is to run the two listing processes concurrently for a period of time at which point the phone listing number will most likely be shut down. Listing on JetBlue is highly recommended. Our gate agents while trained on the process of manually listing jumpseaters, sometimes due to staffing or training are unable to list pilots at the gate. As a reminder our updated listing instructions can be found online at http://www.jumpseatinfo.org/AirlineJumpseatPoliciesBeta/tabid/1592/Default.aspx, and should be updated to reflect this change within the next few days."

The sign in procedure for the myIDTravel website for Air Wisconsin pilots:

User Name: ZWstaff
Password: 303

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Retirement and Insurance Committee Update
By Rich Clarke, Retirement and Insurance Committee Chairman

The IRS recently announced changes to the 401(k) contribution limits for 2015.  In 2015 you will be able to contribute $18,000 tax free dollars to your 401(k) if you are younger than 50 years of age.  If you are 50 or older you will be able to contribute an additional $6,000 tax free dollars for a total of $24,000.  If you are looking to maximize your 401(k) contribution next year, please adjust your deferral percentage accordingly via the T. Rowe Price website.

Recently, the R&I Committee met at the ALPA offices in Herndon, VA and elected to make some changes to our fund lineup.  The c
ommittee resolved to eliminate all the regional specialty funds effective March 1, 2015.  There are three funds affected by this change; the T. Rowe Price Latin American Fund, the T. Rowe Price New Asia Fund and the T. Rowe Price European Stock Fund.  The Latin American and New Asia funds have been closed to new investment activity for several years, and now they will be removed from the lineup.  Any monies in these funds will be automatically transferred to the T. Rowe Price Emerging Markets Fund.  The committee will meet early this month to determine where to transfer the current monies in the European Stock Fund.  If you are invested in these three funds you may move your investment balances on your own any time prior to March 1, or if you do nothing your balances will automatically transfer to the fund selected by the committee to most closely match the investment objectives of the closed fund. Additionally, the committee resolved to eliminate the T. Rowe Price Retirement Income Fund effective March 1, 2015.  It has a very similar portfolio to the T. Rowe Price Retirement 2005 Fund and is therefore considered to be redundant.  The very few investors in this fund will be contacted by T. Rowe Price to see into which fund they'd like their balance transferred.

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Volunteer of the Quarter
By ARW MEC Officers

Every quarter, your MEC officers bestow the Volunteer of the Quarter recognition award upon the ARW ALPA volunteer whose work has distinguished him or her above all others, while dedicating an extraordinary amount of time and effort on our pilot group’s behalf. For the third quarter of 2014, National Fee For Departure Chairman and ARW Communications Committee Member Richard Swindell was selected as the stand-out volunteer to receive the ARW MEC Unified Excellence coin, and our sincerest thanks. (You can see the artwork of these coins at the end of this article.) The MEC is ecstatic that United Airlines has hired our respected colleague, mentor, and friend Richard Swindell to fly the friendly skies starting on December 2, 2014.

Richard has served the ARW MEC in several volunteer positions over a 10-year period, including Communications Committee chairman, MEC vice chairman, and MEC chairman. He was also able to assist ALPA pilots within US Airways–branded flying as the vice chairman and later interim chairman of the US Airways Express Pilots Alliance (USEPA) Joint Steering Committee. In June 2014, he had the honor of being unanimously endorsed by the ALPA regional carrier MEC chairmen to serve as the ALPA National Fee-For-Departure Committee chairman, tasked with developing strategies to advance career pay and benefits, career progression, and job protection.  In addressing these group goals, the first round of deliverables resulted from collaboration with the United MEC to offer open-house sessions for ALPA FFD pilots looking to move their careers to United. Richard also working with other large-jet operators, including Delta and FedEx, to offer similar opportunities and information-sharing events. Additionally, he partnered with the ALPA National Collective Bargaining Committee to explore ways to create contract value and mechanisms for career and longevity transport. 

 

Richard has a special gift for empowering volunteers and bringing out abilities in people that they didn’t even know they had; recognizing people for their success, being understanding and fair to people in their failures, and giving positive reinforcement and multiple thanks – even for the small stuff that would go unnoticed by most. If you ask Richard about his achievements within our union, he will most likely give a majority of the credit to those around him and minimize his own importance. 

 

On behalf of the entire MEC, please join us in thanking Richard for his inexhaustible leadership, dynamic communication skills, laser focused decision making, collaborative problem solving, and relentless vision. At the 2012 Board of Directors meeting, the MEC had the privilege of listening to a presentation given by Master Chief Robert O’Neil to all members of the ALPA Board. During that time, the Master Chief spoke of the keys to successful leadership— surround yourself with people you trust, planning and preparation are essential, remove emotion from decision making, and never quit. Capt. Richard Swindell has been that type of leader for ARW ALPA.

We wish him the best of luck at his new carrier and look forward to crossing paths with him again in the future.

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Call to Action:
Support the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013

In 2001, Congress mandated the installation of reinforced cockpit doors on most commercial aircraft as the first step toward preventing another 9/11-style breach of the cockpit. Airlines are required to use procedures to protect the cockpit when the reinforced door is opened during flight for pilots’ meals, restroom use, and other reasons. To provide better security, secondary barriers were developed to block access to the cockpit whenever the cockpit door is open during flight. Voluntary airline industry movement toward adopting secondary barriers began in 2003, but commitment to deploying these devices has since waned. H.R. 1775/S. 1495, the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013 simply fulfills Congress’s intent from more than a decade ago to make cockpits more secure. Tell your representatives to cosponsor this bill today! 
Read More | Take Action

 

Saracini For Safe Skies Complete Truths

Published on Oct 26, 2014

Ellen Saracini sets the record straight on Chairman Bill Shuster of PA stalling important legislation to mandate Secondary Barriers on commercial airplanes:  Click here.

 

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LEC 49 Officer Election Ballot
By Ken Reinert, Communications Chairman

The ARW Council 49 Officer Election ballot is scheduled to close at 10:00 AM ET on Wednesday, December 10. This election determines who will be the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Council. As Defined in the ALPA Constitution and Bylaws the JURISDICTION AND DUTIES OF LOCAL COUNCIL OFFICERS:

 

(1) CHAIRMAN

The Chairman of the Local Council shall preside at all meetings thereof and at all meetings of the Local Executive Council, except as he may otherwise specifically direct in accordance with paragraph B(2) of this Section. He shall cause to be called all regular and special meetings of the Local Executive Council and of the Local Council in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws. He shall be responsible for the expeditious processing of complaints and grievances of his Council members and promoting their interests locally in whatever way possible. He shall be charged with and responsible for implementing, administering and explaining the policies of his Local Executive Council and Master Executive Council, the Board of Directors and Executive Board as they pertain to his Local Council. He shall be a member of the Master Executive Council of the airline and a Director of the Association.

 

(2) VICE CHAIRMAN

In the absence of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman shall perform all of the duties of the Chairman as provided in paragraph B (1) of this Section and such other duties that, from time to time, may be specifically assigned to him by the Chairman. In addition, he shall be a member of the Master Executive Council of the airline and a Director of the Association, except that the Vice Chairman of a single status Local Council shall not be a member of the Master Executive Council or a Director of the Association.

 

Ballot information letters have been mailed to all eligible voting members, and an email notification with voting instructions has also been sent to the eligible voters. To cast your vote, log onto the ALPA portal at crewroom.alpa.org with your ALPA number and password. Once there, you will see a green “Ballot Open” icon on the right side; clicking on that will take you to the Votenet balloting system. There is no longer a need for a separate login or password to access the balloting system.

 

If you need assistance in logging onto the ALPA web site, please contact ALPA Membership Services at 1-888-FLY-ALPA (1-888-359-2572), and select prompts 3 and 3, then 1 if you know your ALPA number or 3 to speak to a Membership Services representative.  They are available from 0900 to 1700 Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

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Stronger Moving Forward

ALPA’s strategic plan provides a flight path to success. It defines where we’ve been, where we are, where we want to go, and how we’re going to get there.

 

During the 45th meeting of the Board of Directors, our union’s pilot leaders assessed the strategic plan, debated and determined strategic priorities, and finalized ALPA’s next two-year strategic plan.

 

The priorities attached to this PDH will help ALPA continue to build upon its successes and be Stronger Moving Forward.

 

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Uniform Bank Update - Use It or Lose It
By Dan Shtarker, Uniform Committee Chair

 

As we begin to wrap up the year, take a moment to look at your uniform pieces and evaluate what you may want to replace before the end of the year. The approved items for reimbursement are listed on page 7-18 of the FOM, which states “Air Wisconsin will reimburse the following uniform pieces purchased through an approved uniform vendor: overcoat, blue uniform jacket, shirt, pants, tie, hat, epaulets, stripes, and alterations. Outer Marker Crew Shop is not an approved vendor.”

On Jan. 1, the Company will credit $260 to your uniform bank. However, section 18.C.4 states that the maximum accrual in a pilot’s uniform bank shall not exceed 2 years’ full accrual. This means that if you have a uniform bank that has a balance of $520 (2 years of accrual) there will be no money credited to your account. If you have a balance lower than $520, your uniform bank balance will be brought up to the 2-year accrual or the maximum amount per year of $260, whichever comes first. If you want to take full advantage of the yearly credit, your balance needs to be below $260, and all expenses need to be submitted by Dec. 31, 2014.

If you choose to allocate funds for direct bill to one of our three approved vendors you must do so by Dec. 31, 2014. Checking your current balance and allocating funds can be done directly through CCS. Follow these steps to check uniform bank balance CCS > Pilot Forms > Pilot Uniform Bank. Current balance will be displayed on the right hand side. If you decide to allocate funds to one of the approved vendors you will need to do the following: CCS > Pilot Forms > Pilot Uniform Bank Allocation > Click on any name you see > Pilot Uniform Direct Bill Vendor Election window will open. Follow the steps and click submit.

If you have any questions on direct bill or how to submit expenses on the Air Wisconsin T&E system, or any other related questions; please contact me at 732-646-1823 or
Dan.Shtarker@alpa.org.

 

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Watch It Now: #DENYNAI Whiteboard
By ARW ALPA


How does Norwegian Air International’s (NAI) flag-of-convenience business model threaten your job and your industry? Watch ALPA’s latest #denyNAI whiteboard video and learn how NAI would force the aviation industry down the same dark path as the U.S. maritime industry. You’ll also find out what you can do to help ALPA stop them in their tracks.

Watch the video and then help us #FinishTheJob.

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ORF Toys for Tots
By Reed Donoghue, LEC 50 Vice Chairman

The Council 50 annual Marine CorpsToys for Tots drive has begun in ORF. This Christmas season, we ask everyone to consider donating an unwrapped toy for a child in need.

 

The holidays are a time to celebrate the fortunes we experience on a daily basis. They are also a time to help those who are less fortunate. Through the Toys for Tots program, toys are distributed to children in our community who otherwise would not receive any Christmas gifts.

 

Our hope is to make this year our most successful year to date. A drop-off box is now available in the ORF crew room and will remain in place to collect toys until Dec. 8.

 

Crewmembers should not have any problems bringing toys through the security lines in ORF. If bringing an unwrapped gift to the airport is too much of a challenge, please contact your local reps so that we may assist in coordinating a more convenient pick up or drop off location.

Also be sure to tell your family and friends about the program, and encourage their participation. For more information on the Toys for Tots program, please visit www.toysfortots.org. To view other drop-off locations in the Hampton Roads area, click here.

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ACARS 7.6 Payout Process

By ARW MEC

Last week we identified the pilots who are owed pay as a result of the Company’s contract violation. This is the final result of an MEC group grievance that was taken to arbitration which grieved the carrier’s unilateral act to use ACARS 7.6 to determine the start of pilot pay time rather than the time-honored system of Door-Beacon-Brake.

The November 26 FastRead is attached, along with the AWARD letter and the Excel file of pilots and the number of minutes they are owed.  Any pilot who wishes to dispute these numbers will have until December 12, 2014 to contact either First Officer Ben Keider at
Ben.Keider@alpa.org  or 248-705-4154 or Captain Matt Romano at Matt.Romano@alpa.org  or 508-264-2200.

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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. ARW only needs 13 more pilots to contribute to the PAC to cement second place in ALPA-wide PAC participation.

The following ARW pilots “Backed the PAC” in September and October 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.

September Contributors

Jared Armstrong

Brendan Cantwell

Matthew Chadwick

Reed Donoghue

Ryan Ellenson

Robert Fogelsanger

Colin Gallagher

Erik Johnson

Matt Johnson

Benjamin Keider

Jeremy Krieger

Matthew Langer

Mark Lockwood

Rodney North

Stacey Olson

Michael Perrizo

Andrew Rabe

Kenneth Reinert

Paul Reynolds

Mario Savian

Thorne Saylor

Brian Shaw

Christopher Suhs

Richard Swindell

Ralph Wainwright

Jeffrey Wirth

Jeffrey Woodham

October Contributors

Matthew Chadwick

Reed Donoghue

Ryan Ellenson

Robert Fogelsanger

Colin Gallagher

Erik Johnson

Matt Johnson

Benjamin Keider

Jeremy Krieger

Matthew Langer

Mark Lockwood

Rodney North

Stacey Olson

Michael Perrizo

Andrew Rabe

Kenneth Reinert

Paul Reynolds

Mario Savian

Thorne Saylor

Brian Shaw

Christopher Suhs

Richard Swindell

Ralph Wainwright

Jeffrey Wirth

Jeffrey Woodham

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2015 Dates

Feb 13-21

MEC Regular Meeting

Mar. 23-27

Mediated Negotiations (tentative)

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

Oct. 16-24

MEC Regular Meeting

 

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