Volunteer of the Quarter
By ARW MEC Officers
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
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
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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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
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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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Officer Election Ballot
By Ken Reinert, Communications Chairman
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
priorities attached to this PDH will help ALPA continue to build upon
its successes and be Stronger
Uniform Bank Update - Use It or
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
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
By ARW ALPA
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.
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 Corps’ Toys 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.
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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