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FAPA.aero Comes to PHL; Details Finalized

ALPA-PAC Update

LEC 49 Ballot Open

Hotel Committee Update

FedEx Pilot Informational Picketing

October Mediation Update

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FAPA.aero Comes to PHL in November
Location and Agenda Finalized

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 from 0930 – 1700 at the Sheraton Four Points PHL.  All participants will be responsible for their lunch during an hour break. 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.  If you need accommodations for the evening, you can call the Four Points Front Desk at 215-492-0400 - ask for the Air Wisconsin Crew Rate.  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

·         You will be able to ask specific questions on the form about the event when you register

·         Pilots will have a deadline of November 16, 2014 to take advantage of the ALPA-sponsored benefit.

·         Pilots who upgrade from Basic to higher levels of FAPA membership will assume all additional costs.

·         Pilots hired after November 16, 2014 must join FAPA within 30 days of employment for ALPA benefit.

 

The Air Wisconsin Pilot Career & Interview Skills Workshop will be taught by Judy Tarver, Vice President, Global Strategies of FAPA.aero. As a recognized expert in the field, Ms. Tarver is able to provide insightful and useful feedback to give pilots an edge in planning and pursuing their career as a pilot.

For more than 33 years she has worked as an aviation consultant, writer and speaker specializing in the field of pilot selection and recruitment. She was Manager of Pilot Recruitment for American Airlines where she was responsible for facilitating the hiring of over 7,100 airline pilots and has consulted with several major air carriers and other aviation associations such as the Air Line Pilots Association and the University Aviation Association. She has worked on several FAA committees that related to pilot selection and was a presenter at the NTSB Conference on Professionalism in Aviation.

 

Tarver is the author of Flight Plan to the Flight Deck: Strategies for a Pilot Career and several magazine articles that have appeared in Aviation for Women, Flight Training, Air Line Pilot and Airline Pilot Careers.

 

Pilot Career & Interview Skills Workshop

9:30 a.m. to noon and continuing from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m.

 

Getting Prepared

Being prepared properly and understanding the current pilot job market industry will help a prospective candidate stay on track and focus on what is important to expedite the path to future employment.

 

1.    Understanding the industry and airline cultures

2.    Hiring trends – will there be jobs out there?

3.    Keeping records

4.    Pitfalls

5.    Preparing for the job search

6.    Networking

7.    Resume Preparation - A comprehensive overview that will allow you to create the perfect pilot resume without paying anyone else to do it for you. All you will need is a proofreader to insure no errors. Bring your copy to the session so you can mark as we go through the critical elements.

 

Getting the Job

Getting the interview is only the first step, getting the job is the next. An applicant can have thousands of hours experience and blow the interview in 20 seconds. This session will provide insight on the interview process and helpful tips.

 

1.    The interview process

2.    Background checks

3.    Appearance

4.    Behavior

5.    Interview tips

6.    What can and can’t be controlled

7.    Targeted evaluation

 

Interview Skills

Being prepared is tantamount to succeeding in an interview. Following are the topics that will be covered:

 

1.    Interview attire

2.    Behavior

3.    Interview tactics – building stories and selling yourself

4.    Critical characteristics that are evaluated by companies

5.    Interview tips for those leaving the industry and pursuing a career change

 

Mock Interviews - One-on-one interviews with volunteers so all can observe the process.

 

Too Old for the Majors? – A complete overview of the career earnings potential at the U.S. major and global airlines depending on the applicant’s age when hired.

Note: This FAPA.aero workshop is only available to Air Wisconsin ALPA members in good standing who are active and verified FAPA members.

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ALPA-PAC Update
By Brendan Cantwell, ARW Legislative Affairs Chairman

On behalf of the Legislative Affairs Committee and the ARW MEC, I wanted to pass along a sincere thank you for your remarkable response to our many requests to contribute to ALPA-PAC .  Our PAC contributions have greatly increased during the last few weeks, a true sign of our pilot group’s commitment to the future success of our industry.  Air Wisconsin finished second in the competition for the J.J. O’Donnell Trophy by only a few contributions.  This was an amazing accomplishment considering ARW is one of the few pilot groups that does not have the option to contribute to ALPA-PAC through our paychecks similar to how we pay dues.  This means that our pilots must take the extra step of visiting the ALPA website or mailing in a check in order to contribute.  Our recent push for ALPA-PAC contributions was so successful that the ARW MEC was one of 4 ALPA MEC’s to be part of the Key Men Society for 2014, joining United, Delta and Mesa.  The Key Men Society, MEC’s with at least 24% of their pilots contributing to the PAC, honors the 24 pilots that founded and led ALPA through our Union’s formative years.  It is the highest honor ALPA-PAC can bestow on a pilot group.  Air Wisconsin pilots should be very proud. Our group is being recognized for a significant commitment to ALPA and its legislative goals.

However, our work is hardly finished.  ALPA has set a goal of having its most successful year for the PAC and is very close to reaching that goal of $1.4 million contributed to the PAC and there is still a great deal of work to do on Capitol Hill.   Following Election Day, important issues affecting our industry will come to the forefront.  It is planned that Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian Air CEO, will visit Washington in November to give a speech to leaders of the aviation and airline industry.  One can expect that he will also be making the rounds in D.C. visiting important decision makers on Capitol Hill and at the Department of Transportation.  ALPA’s Government Affairs Department, along with their pilot advocates will keep the pressure on to ensure that NAI does not win approval for their operating certificate.  If you have not signed the DenyNAI petition or completed the related Call to Action, please visit ALPA.org and complete the short process immediately. These Call’s to Action set the stage for our direct lobbying efforts with legislators – our job is made much easier when a pilot advocate can walk into a meeting and that office has already heard from their constituents on the issue.  Next year, Congress will focus on the FAA Reauthorization bill that expires in September 2015.  This bill encompasses nearly every aspect of our industry from Next Gen implementation to incorporating Unmanned Aerial Systems into our airspace.  ALPA will certainly be involved in this process and pilots should do the same – stay informed, get involved and help strengthen the pilot voice in Washington by giving to the PAC in 2015.

As George Hopkins writes in Flying the Line, “Every airline pilot working today owes a substantial debt to those who came before, men whose names they do not know, who sweated and fought to make ALPA what it is today, sometimes at great personal cost.”  It is important that we continue their work to further grow our Union and ensure the success of our industry and careers.  Thank you for your continued to commitment to ALPA-PAC and our Union.

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LEC 49 Representative Balloting is Open
By Ken Reinert, Communications Chairman

DCA pilots, it is time to once again to elect your local ALPA representatives for the next three-year term starting March 1, 2015. The ARW Council 49 Representative Election ballot is currently open for voting and will close on Monday, November 10 at 1000 Eastern Time. 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.

 

Voting in a local election is one of the responsibilities you have as a member of the Association. It is your opportunity to have your voice heard by choosing the representatives whom will lead you and this pilot group for the next three years – a time that will prove both rewarding and challenging. Strengthen the council and the Association by taking a couple of minutes to let your voice be heard by voting for your representatives!

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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Hotel Committee Update
By Kenneth Honneffer, Hotel Chairman

In September and October the Hotel Committee selected two new properties - both of which many of you have likely seen first-hand already.

In October we started service into FWA.  The Committee selected the Hilton Downtown Convention Center for our crews.  So far, we have received nothing but positive reviews from crew members who have stayed at this location.  The property is located across the street from the Fort Wayne Convention Center in the heart of downtown.  Several food options are located within a close walking distance.  So far we've heard great things about J.K. O'Donnell's, located around the corner to the left as you exit the main doors, as well as The Dash Inn, just one more block down from J.K. O'Donnell's.  The hotel has a respectable fitness center with cardio equipment and free-weights in good condition.  They also offer a 20% discount in the hotel restaurant as well as complimentary breakfast.

We have also returned to PIT for overnight service.  The new hotel is the Spring Hill Suites Airport.  It is located close to our former hotel, the Hyatt Place for those who are familiar with that location.  As with all Spring Hill Suites, complimentary breakfast is offered as well as microwave and fridge in each room.  There are several restaurants within a relatively close walking distance, and the shuttle is available up to a 5-mile radius.

As always, additional information can be found on the detailed hotel list from the Employee Travel section of the MyAirwis website
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FedEx Pilots Informational Picketing
By ARW MEC

On Wednesday November 12th, the FDX pilots will conduct informational picketing events in NYC, IND and DEN. The pilots began their informational picketing campaign in September to show support for their Negotiating Committee along with frustration with the pace of negotiations. They will continue until such time as they obtain an acceptable agreement. All pilots are invited to participate. Please click here for more information on the upcoming picketing events and if you intend to come click here to RSVP.

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October Mediation Update
By Mark Lockwood, Negotiating Chairman

It has been about six months since I last had the opportunity to write one of these updates.  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 it 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 section status side bar for a complete list of tentative agreements (TAs).

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2015 Dates

Feb 13-21

MEC Regular Meeting

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

Oct. 16-24

MEC Regular Meeting

 

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