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Hotel Committee Update

Jumpseat/Security Committee Update

Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Needed

Committee Activity for December 2014

December Resignations

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January 15, 2015






Hotel Committee Update

By Ken Honneffer, Hotel Committee Chairman

The Hotel Committee recently inspected and approved the Crowne Plaza Downtown Harrisburg as the new crew hotel for RON's beginning 1/10/15.  The hotel also houses DAL and XJT crews.  They have offered a 50% discount on breakfast items and buffet, and 25% off all other food.  The fitness center is large with equipment in relatively good repair and a full free weight set up to 50#.  There are also several restaurants within walking distance of the downtown location, and the hotel has committed to housing crews on upper level floors away from traffic noise. For further information, please consult the detailed hotel list on the Employee Travel section of the myairwis.com website.

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Jumpseat / Security Committee Update

By Nick Chichester, Jumpseat / Security Committee Chairman


On 01/25/15, JetBlue Airways will transition from the current process of phone listing for OAL pilots, to an online process using the website myIDTravel. This process is 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 jumpseaters versus the phone listing process which sometimes involved lengthy hold times.  Listing on JetBlue is highly recommended. 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 the updated listing instructions for JetBlue and most airlines can be found online at http://www.jumpseatinfo.org/


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

User Name: ZWstaff

Password: 303

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Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Needed

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

Scope and Directives of the Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman


     I.        Assist with contacting local elected officials regarding pending legislation.

   II.        Provide information on individuals running for office such as voting records on legislation pertaining to labor or aviation.

  III.        Organize visits to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators and staffers to help provide them with a pilot's point of view on legislation.

  IV.        Inform pilot group about the goals of ALPA PAC and the lobbying / legislative arm of ALPA National.

    V.        Attend and participate in ARW MEC meetings and conference calls as required by the MEC Chairman.

  VI.        Work with MEC Secretary-Treasurer to develop and utilize an efficient yearly budget for the committee.

VII.        Submit a written report to the MEC prior to each regular MEC meeting and as requested by the MEC Officers.


Interested pilots should submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via arwmec@alpa.org by the close of business on January 30, 2015. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position, their background, and whether they are interested in volunteering as a Legislative Affairs Committee member is they are not elected to this position. Applicants should also call the 5 voting members of the current MEC (i.e. Matthew Chadwick, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher) to discuss the position. An election for the Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman will occur in February 2015.

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Committee Activity for December 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 December, Grievance Chairman Ken Nesbitt, Professional Standards Chairman BG Garner, and Uniform Committee Chairman Dan Shtarker recorded committee updates for the pilot group. These and other outstanding podcasts are available
here, and iPhone users can download the ipadio podcast app here and search for “Air Wisconsin Pilots.”

Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback
was busy in December fielding numerous phone calls from pilots; please give Jack a call if you have Aeromedical, Short-Term Disability, or FMLA questions or issues. We presently have 6 pilots out on short-term disability, and the short-term disability bank balance is roughly $50,000. 


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 memorandum 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 ERC meetings were conducted on December 12th and 17th. The ERC is slightly backed up due to the holiday season, but plans to be caught up on events in the near future. Lastly, the ASAP Committee encourages pilots to fill out ASAP reports if they have or experience deicing concerns.  All pilots who submit an ASAP for deicing issues, should also submit an irregularity report.


The ALPA Fatigue Risk Management Committee consists of FRM Chairman Ralph Wainwright and FRM Member Josh Schmitt who serve as the pilot representatives on the FRMT (Fatigue Risk Management Team). As a reminder: Fatigue reports are MANDATORY per the FRMP (Fatigue Risk Management Program) and the FOM since this is an FAA-required program. The purpose of the FMRP is to evaluate fatigue reports and find the root cause of pilot fatigue. In addition, an ALPA-trained Fatigue Risk Management Team member will interview pilots via a phone call to further gather and filter information. Once the cause of the fatigue is found, recommendations are made with the goal of Air Wisconsin or the pilot making appropriate changes to mitigate future recurrence of the fatigue event in order to enhance safety.


The November FMT (FOQA Monitoring Team) meeting was held via teleconference on December 8th. On the call were FOQA Chairman Ron Stocki and Gregg Syring. A quick data review found no new high-threat events. No progress has been made on data access for gatekeepers. 


Grievance Committee Chairman Ken Nesbitt reports that the committee received six issue forms from pilots for the month of December and three of those were sent to the Company via SharePoint. The issues in question were possible illegal denials of trip adds and the third was for a possible illegal junior man.  None of these have been resolved.  Another issue involved the Company’s unwillingness to drop trips for Jury Duty. This will be filed as a grievance without going through the SharePoint form.  The last two issues are still under review by the Grievance Committee. 

Grievance Committee Members Dave Anderson and Graham Downing are in charge of the issue form branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Dave or Graham regarding your issue form, please make their job easier by calling back or responding to the 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.

Membership Committee Chairman Matt Dugan reports that in December the membership committee met with two new hire classes in Appleton to welcome them to Air Wisconsin and ALPA.   Both classes were a mix of previous airline experience, 135 operators, flight instructors, and corporate pilots.  Hiring has continued at an accelerated pace, with one class of 15 and one class of 17 in December.  In addition, the first class of the New Year had 28 scheduled to begin INDOC on January 5.  As always, please join the Membership Committee in welcoming our new brothers and sisters to the Air Wisconsin/ALPA family. Membership also 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 they may remedy the situation.


Scheduling Committee Chairman Tyson Howard answered numerous phone calls, texts, and emails with interesting questions and issues regarding: dropped trips after a de-qual, 117 vs. contract regarding reserves, JM with possible reserves available, a CDO without proper 117 notification, and a commuter clause trip assigned into the next month with long call days. 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 an 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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December Resignations

ID #


Resignation Date


Carson, Brian



Bloom, Justin



Henderson, Richard



Wesley, Eric



Bertrand, Joel



Michaud, Shawn



Roy, Joseph



Tully, Philip








2015 Dates

Feb. 9-12

Leadership Training Conference, Herndon VA

Mar. 23-27

Mediated Negotiations (tentative)

April 1-2

Pilot Assistance Forum, Washington DC

May 13-14

Executive Board Meeting

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

July 20-13

Air Safety Forum, Washington DC

Oct. 16-24

MEC Regular Meeting

October 21-22

Executive Board Meeting


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