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Retiree Pass Benefits

CIC Established

ExCo Confirms Capt. Chadwick to PAC Board

January 2015 Committee Updates

ProStans Needs Chairman

Hotel Committee Update

January 2015 Resignations

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February 16, 2015

Retiree Pass Benefits


The ARW ALPA Collective Bargaining Agreement covers “Passes” in Section 26. R. and outlines the persons who are eligible for the Company on-line pass privileges in accordance with the company pass policy. A few years back, Airways changed its pass policy, which resulted in less favorable benefits to code share pilots depending on when they were hired; furthermore this change affected retiree pass benefits. At the time, US Airways changed its policy to state that an Air Wisconsin pilot needed 10 years of service flying under the US Airways Banner to qualify for travel benefits. The Air Wisconsin pass Bureau verified with US/AA a few weeks ago and were told February 18, 2015 is the date we can use for retirement travel on US Airways.





ARW Community Involvement Committee Established 2015



Your MEC leadership is excited to announce the creation of the Community Involvement Committee (CIC), a new ARW MEC standing committee developed and adopted as part of the ARW Policy Manual. 


The MEC understands giving back to the communities in which we all live is important as leaders, responsible citizens and respected professionals.  There are countless opportunities for us to volunteer our time to the less fortunate, the sick, or the little puppies who just want to go for a walk.  The CIC will disseminate information to educate the pilot group on those organizations in need of volunteers and coordinate different events available for participation. Secondly, the MEC also understands volunteering is a key component in having your resume or application stand out in the eyes of potential employers. 


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 the CIC Chairman runs concurrent with the term of office of the MEC chairman.


Scope and Directives of the Community Involvement Committee Chairman


  1. Select a community service coordinator for each domicile.
  2. Collect and disseminate community service opportunities from committee members to the ARW pilots.
  3. Assist community service organizers with community service events.
  4. Approve all community service events or publicized material.
  5. Will advise the MEC officers of all planned events before announcing the event to ARW Membership.
  6. Report monthly to the MEC on events that have been organized by the committee to include the name of the organizations, amount of time volunteered, and the names of ARW Pilots who participated in the event. 

Interested pilots should submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via arwmec@alpa.org by the close of business on February 28th, 2015. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position, their background, and whether or not they are interested in volunteering as a Community Service Coordinator if they are not selected for the chair position. Applicants should also call the members of the MEC (Matthew Chadwick, Will DeShazer, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher) to discuss the position. An election for the Community Involvement Committee Chairman will be held during a special MEC conference call in March after the MEC has reviewed all candidates.

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Executive Council Confirms Capt. Matt Chadwick to PAC Board


At the 145th Regular Executive Council Meeting held January 27-29, 2015, at the ALPA DC Office, the Executive Council confirmed seven national members to the ALPA-PAC Steering Committee. The Steering Committee (a.k.a. the PAC Board) is responsible for overseeing ALPA's Political Action Committee, including approval of the PAC's budget, strategic plan, and finances.


In addition to the seven national members, ALPA President Tim Canoll will serve as the committee's chair, and First Vice President Joe DePete will serve as treasurer. The other members of the committee are:


·         Captain Dino Atsalis (DAL)

·         Captain Lawrence Beck (UAL)

·         Captain Matthew Chadwick (ARW)

·         First Officer Doug Mattson (UAL)

·         Captain Robert Moore (MAG)

·         Captain Doug Ralph (DAL)

·         Captain James Schultheis (ALA)


PAC Board members serve two-year terms coinciding with the federal election calendar. Due to the tremendous PAC growth since 2011, these individuals are now responsible for more than $1.4 million each year


In 2012, only 3% of our pilots gave to the PAC, which was pretty much just the MEC and its Officers. Matt Chadwick and Brendan Cantwell ran the first ARW ALPA PAC Drive at Air Wisconsin in the summer of 2012 and have kept the momentum going to eventually achieve dynamic results. Outgoing Legislative Affairs Chairman Brendan Cantwell summed it up, “Our pilot group’s continued support of the PAC and ALPA's legislative work is key to the continued strength of our Union. This past year (2014) was ALPA-PAC's best year ever, it was also a great year for the Air Wisconsin pilot group (reaching a 26.3% total participation). ARW ranked 3rd overall in PAC participation behind only Mesa and Delta.  Councils 49 and 50, along with the MEC, were inducted into the Key Men Society (greater than 24% participation).  I hope that you will continue the commitment to the PAC and ensure ARW reaches those levels again! Thanks again for all your support and please continue the effort!”


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Committee Activity for January 2015
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 media. 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 January, Chief Accident Investigator John Jester, Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Brendan Cantwell, and Scheduling Committee Chairman Tyson Howard recorded special topic-specific and 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 January 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 5 pilots out on short-term disability, and the short-term disability bank balance is roughly $53,000 and the bank funding is turned off for per Section 27 G. 10 of the CBA.


The ASAP Committee is composed of Chairman Chris Fuson and Secondary Representatives Marlena Cooper and Ron Baker. The Event Review Committee (ERC) currently has 71 open reports. In January, there was a teleconference meeting on January 16 and a face-to-face meetings on January 21 and 22.  The meetings on the 21 and 22 were conducted in ATW and were also part of a 2014 Annual Review that included representatives from the FAA, Air Wisconsin, the pilots’ ASAP (Aviation Safety Action Program), DSAP (Dispatch Safety Action Program), and MSAP (Maintenance Safety Action Program); and provided a forum for all shareholders to discuss events. Representing ALPA for all or portions of this two- day summit included Chris Fuson, Ron Baker, and CASC Chairman Dan Lehenbauer. The ASAP committee reminds crews that they CAN submit an ASAP report for possible non-compliance that occur in Canada.


The ALPA Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) 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.


Grievance Committee Chairman Ken Nesbitt reports that the Grievance Committee received 9 issue forms from pilots for the month of January; 2 issues had no merit and were withdrawn; 2 were sent to the Company via the Company/Grievance SharePoint site and the remaining issues are still under review from the committee.  One grievance was filed in early January over the Company’s failure to drop trips that fall within jury duty summon dates; no hearing has been held on this yet.  The Grievance Committee and the Company are scheduled to meet in ATW Feb 26-27 in hopes to settle several open issues and grievances.  Before traveling to ATW, the committee is scheduled to hold an internal meeting Feb 24-25 at our ALPA office in MSP.  The attendees in MSP and ATW will be Chairman Ken Nesbitt, committee member Dave Anderson, and ARW ALPA attorney Jody Bettenburg.


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.

The MEC would like to thank Legislative Affairs Chairman Brendan Cantwell for his service, dedication, endurance, and successes during his tenure as the ARW Legislative Affairs chairman. Brendan spent a countless number of his days off on Capitol Hill advocating for the Air Line Piloting Profession, and was a tireless advocate for ALPA’s Pilot Partisan Agenda. Brendan will most likely continue his work, but will do so in a Delta Air Lines uniform – congratulations Brendan for your success! Through Brendan’s relentless work - together with our MEC - our pilot group was able to achieve PAC milestones, increase grassroots advocacy, and advance and protect the profession.  Thank you Brendan — you will be missed!


During a Special MEC Meeting held via conference call on February 4, 2015, the MEC unanimously elected Captain Jeffrey Woodham to become the new Legislative Affairs Chairman. His previous ALPA work includes his role as the Family Awareness Coordinator for the Strategic Planning Committee. Thank you Jeffrey for taking up the gauntlet. Jeffrey and Brendan were able to spend some time with Government Affairs staff at ALPA’s DC Office as part of the transition.


“BACK THE PAC” ALPA National could not have made it any easier for you to voice your support for our profession—it’s so easy that you would have to try to not care about your future and choose to ignore your responsibility to secure it. If you want to change the industry, secure your profession, and influence changing the federal rules, regulations, and policies that affect you and our profession, then you need to help ALPA effect change by donating to ALPA-PAC. Now is the time to donate to help secure your career and the airline piloting profession—the future of this industry and our careers will be won or lost on Capitol Hill.


Scheduling Committee Chairman Tyson Howard reminds 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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Professional Standards Committee Needs Chairman


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 MEC is soliciting interested pilots for the Professional Standards Committee 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.  The scope of this position as defined in the ARW MEC Policy Manual states:

(1) To provide procedures and assistance to LECs in solving problems within the pilot group as they relate to professional standards.

(2) To handle problems of a professional and ethical nature between the pilots. To provide the membership with the opportunity to address their cockpit-related problems to an interested peer group in a confidential manner while the rights of all the members involved are protected.

(3) Committee members shall be indemnified in any litigation resulting from the performance of their duties.

The ARW MEC Policy Manual further states the duties and responsibilities:

(1) Any matters handled by the Professional Standards Committee shall be kept strictly confidential; no parts to be revealed to anyone except those immediately involved.

(2) The committee and LECs/MECs must never jeopardize a member’s rights in any subsequent grievance proceedings.

(3) The Professional Standards Committee shall establish programs to educate the line membership of the activities and responsibilities of the committee, including “The Pilot Code of Ethics and Canons.”

The committee chairman oversees the staffing, coordination, training, organization, and delegation of tasks for the Professional Standards Committee. He/She is required to give monthly committee reports to the MEC (no confidential information is revealed to the MEC in these reports). The committee chairman can use The Wiss-key, Pay Day Hotline (PDH), and other ALPA communication tools to accomplish those duties and responsibilities. If not already trained, the Professional Standards Committee chairman would be required to attend formal training provided by ALPA National and abide by the Professional Standard Committee Policy Manual, which is provided by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l as a guide for Professional Standards Committee representatives.

Interested pilots should submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via arwmec@alpa.org by the close of business on February 28, 2015. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position, their background, and whether or not they are interested in volunteering as a Professional Standards member if they are not selected to this position. Applicants should also call the members of the MEC (Matthew Chadwick, Will DeShazer, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher) to discuss the position. An election for the Professional Standards chairman will be held during a special MEC conference call in March, after the MEC has reviewed all candidates.


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Hotel Committee Update
By Ken Honneffer, Hotel Committee Chairman

We would like to take a moment to request some assistance from our crew members.  Many of you are likely familiar with the debacle that is the EWR hotel transportation system.  If you've not yet had the pleasure of seeing this first hand, here is a quick rundown.  The Newark Port Authority does not allow hotel (or any) commercial vehicles to pick passengers up curbside at the terminal in EWR.  Therefore, passengers have to ride a tram over to a designated "hotel van terminal" if you will and await pickup there.  Unfortunately, our contracted hotel only runs to this location every thirty minutes (on the :20 and :50 of every hour).  So crews are ending up in situations where they arrive at the "hotel terminal" and just miss our hotel's shuttle, forcing them to either ride the tram back to the main terminal for a cab or wait nearly :30min for another shuttle - in violation of our contractual guarantee of a ride to the hotel within thirty minutes OF BLOCK INTO GATE and also delaying them up to an hour and sometimes more to get to the hotel.  We have advised the Company of the issue and requested a contracted cab service to the hotel to alleviate the issue.  Unfortunately, the Company doesn't feel the added cost to them is worth our wait times. That said, we ask that you pay close attention to your timing upon arrival into EWR.  With shuttle times at :20 and :50, if you know your overall wait time from block in to gate to transportation to the hotel will exceed :30 min, please do not take the tram to the shuttle location.  Instead, call scheduling and explain the situation and take a cab.  Expense the cab cost with the Company, and you WILL be reimbursed; the company has stated such.  We understand the hesitation to do this, and the added effort involved with filing the expense report, but we need your assistance to demonstrate the need for cab service.  Not to mention you'll be saving yourselves time and getting more rest time at the hotel.


One final note while on the subject of cabs and hotel transportation on ALL of our RONs: please be cognizant of your arrival times and be firm with hotels on a regular basis.  If we don't hold the hotel accountable to the contract they agreed to, we open ourselves up to deteriorating service.  Call the hotel as soon as possible after block in and note the time.  If the van hasn't arrived after 15-20 minutes, call them back and check on the whereabouts of the van.  Also advise the front desk of your intention to take a cab at the :30 min mark.  If the van is not there at :30 min, take the cab.  Call scheduling and provide your call times to the hotel.  Most of the time, the hotel will cover the cost of the cab.  If they do not, then pay for it yourself, expense it, and it will be reimbursed to you.


January 2015 Resignations





Alexander Kittle



Mark Simmons



Alvaro Felizardo



Ryan Gibson



Brendan Cantwell



Benjamin Grant



Jennifer Reineck



Ariel Gonzalez, Jr.



Thomas Hughes



Jeffrey Daniel



William Walsh



Carlos Rodriguez-Vera



Dennis Stewart





2015 Dates

March 23-26

Mediated Negotiations

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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