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Alaska Airlines Open House

Jumpseat Committee Update

Committee Activity for February

February Resignations

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Negotiating Fun Fact: Game One of the 2010 World Series kicked off October 27, the same day as our negotiations.  Which two teams competed that year?  Click here for the answer.

March 16, 2015

Alaska Airlines - Accepting Applications / Hosting Open House


Alaska new first officers and started accepting new-hire applications this last Tuesday. Requirements at Alaska include a bachelor’s degree, ATP, first-class medical and 3,000 hours of total time. New hires will be domiciled in Seattle, Los Angeles, Anchorage or Portland.

On April 22, Alaska will hold an Open House at the Museum of Flight in Seattle for ALPA pilots interested in coming to work for Alaska. During that Open House, pilots will participate in informal, one-on-one meetings with Alaska Airlines’ recruiting team. A limited number of pilots from the Open House then will be invited to participate in formal interviews April 23-24.

The registration window for the event will open next week. To be considered for one of the 125 slots available for April’s Open House, you must first apply to Alaska Airlines during its pilot application window, which opened Tuesday and will be open through March 18. Registration for the Alaska Airlines Open House then will be open from March 19-25 to give all interested ALPA pilots a chance to submit resumes. Please note that this event is not first-come, first-served. All pilots who register during the Open House registration window will be considered for one of the 125 slots, or for the Open House wait list. If you have questions about the Open House, please check union communications, call your local rep, or email 

Here is the bottom line, Alaska wants pilots that really want to work there, and that want to make a life and career near one of their pilot domiciles.

Alaska now becomes the second ALPA carrier to reach out to ALPA fee-for-departure pilots and give them a leg up on hiring. This is directly due to the Alaska and United MECs urging their managements to seek out ALPA pilots first when looking for new crews. In addition, this realization is part of the groundwork that was set by former Air Wisconsin Pilot and Fee For Departure Chairman Richard Swindell as well as United Pilots Bill Patterson and Mark Segaloff. This work is being built upon by ExpressJet Captain Paul Ryder who serves as both the Fee for Departure Chairman and the National Resource Coordinator.

ALPA President Tim Canoll in his March 2015 “Our Union” Air Line Pilots Magazine Article, titled Five Minutes Earlier stated is best “Our union recognizes that many members are focused on establishing long-term careers at their current airline, while others are seeking opportunities for advancement beyond the airlines for which they work today. ALPA is doing more to give our members who fly for regional airlines access to hiring departments at mainline airlines while at the same time helping them pursue opportunities at their current employer.”

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Jumpseat Committee Update – Listing on Frontier Airlines
By Nick Chichester, Jumpseat / Security Chairman 


There has been some confusion about how to list online for Frontier Airlines. Here are the instructions:


To list on Frontier Airlines:

Go to the website http://ifc.id90.com

Select Air Wisconsin from the drop down menu

The site will take you to another page with a dialogue box

In the Employee Number box, enter “zwemp” this is all lower case

In the Password box, enter “303”

Click “login”

On the main page:

Click on “flights”

On the flights page:

Select “Pilot Commuting” from the “Reason for Travel” drop down menu.

Select “Frontier” from the “Limit Airline” drop down menu.

Enter the flight information you want along with your employee information.

No need to add zeros to the front of your employee number.

Select “Active” from the “Status” drop down menu.

Select “Yes” from the “Traveling” drop down menu.

Click on the “Search” button.


On the “Book your flight page”:

Select the “Space Available (SA)” radio button for the flight you want.


On the “Review and Billing” page:

Select the “United States of America (+1)” from the “Country Code” drop down menu.

Enter your information.  For the “Ticket Type”, leave this blank.

Select “Complete Booking”


This should take you to the “Flight Confirmation” page which will have your Confirmation Code.  An email will be sent to the email you entered with this information also.

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Committee Activity for February 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 February, Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback and CASC Chairman Dan Lehenbauer recorded topic-specific and committee podcast 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 February 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 4 pilots out on short-term disability. The short-term disability bank balance is roughly $60,000 and the bank funding is turned off 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.
February saw a rise in deice-related ASAP Reports, including those at FWA, PHL, and DCA stations.  The CASC had ALPA members from our pilot group oversee the de-icing processes in DCA and PHL, and the FAA went to FWA to oversee the de-ice process. Regular Event Review Committee (ERC) Meetings were conducted on 2/4, 2/11, and 2/25.  Pilots need to be aware that even though ASAP reports are filed on Pilot Deviations from ATC, crews can still be issued Letters of Warning from the FAA. Lastly, the ASAP committee reminds crews that they CAN submit an ASAP report for possible non-compliance issues that occur in Canada.

On February 19, 2015, Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Dan Lehenbauer participated in the Air Wisconsin Flight Operations Safety Board (FOSB) Meeting. Discussion topics included: Rejected Takeoff Study;
Development of a Flight Event Report; Review of Events since the last FOSB; Type IV on fuselage and the path moving forward; and Safety Programs Update.  An open discussion about external heat and power on RON AC and the use of the ACARS station complaint option for crews was also conducted.

Members of the ARW CASC, including CASC Member and ASAP Analyst Doug McEnerney, Fatigue Risk Management Member Josh Schmidt, and CASC Accident Investigation Member Jason Seibert attended ALPA Basic Safety School February 17-19 in Seattle, Washington at the Alaska MEC office. The mission of the Basic Safety School is to equip new air safety representatives to serve efficiently as safety project leader or as an incident/accident investigator on this MEC Safety Committee, and provide technical assistance for crew representation projects. The Basic Safety School (BSS) provides initial Safety Structure orientation, administration, communication and elementary incident and accident investigation training to new pilot safety representatives. The training equips these volunteers to confidently work within the ALPA Safety Structure to effectively support their own pilot group and to deal with representatives from government and management.

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 discovered, 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.

Communications Committee Chairman Ken Reinert is gearing up for the next edition of the Wiss-key. Any pilots interested in submitting articles and/or pictures in the next edition are encouraged by the MEC to do so, and should contact Ken Reinert immediately at 703-862-0596 or

Grievance Committee Chairman Ken Nesbitt reports the committee
received eight issues from pilots, and six of the eight issues were sent to the Company via our pre-grievance SharePoint site. Two of those were day room issues, one was an improper JM, one was a pay discrepancy, one was duty time discrepancy on an extension, and one was an unavailable that was improperly given.  The two day rooms, JM, and unavailable were settled in a timely manner with all pilots satisfied with the outcome.  The last two issues are still under investigation/discussion with the Company.  A grievance hearing was held for the Jury Duty issue.  The Grievance Committee traveled to MSP ALPA to hold a two-day grievance meeting/prep session before meeting with Company representatives in ATW.  In attendance were Ken Nesbitt, Dave Anderson, and Senior Labor Relations Attorney Jody Bettenburg.  During this meeting, the committee discussed several open issues.  The Grievance Committee then traveled from MSP to ATW to hold a day-and-half meeting with the Company, where several open grievances were discussed, including the Jury Duty issue and several individual pilot issues.  The Grievance Committee reported to the MEC that the meeting was very productive and they were able to close several open issues and make some headway to resolving the Jury Duty grievance and a few older cases involving individual pilots.

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.

Hotel Committee Chairman Ken Honneffer and Member Laura Assia report that February was a challenging month for the Hotel Committee.  The committee was notified of, and immediately set to work dealing with, the rodent situation at the Radisson Downtown in Rochester.  They were able to move crews the next week into the Radisson Airport as an interim hotel until ALPA and the Company complete the market study and inspection process. Details of the hotel ultimately selected will be in the next PDH.

Separately and concurrently to the BSS, Jumpseat / Security Committee Member Joseph Cetrone was able to attend Airport Safety Liaison and Security Training at the same location (Alaska MEC Office). The ASL training teaches the airport safety representative to function as the resident expert on his or her assigned airport. The ASL provides the line pilot perspective as a proactive, consistent, and known resource for airport management. The ASL is trained to be thoroughly familiar with the airport and to maintain a productive working relationship with its management and municipal representatives to highlight hazards and make recommendations for their elimination. The STC is a basic training program designed for MEC security representatives. Its purpose is twofold: to provide an introduction to ALPA policies and protocols and to give guidance on how to serve as an MEC security representative. This course offers a great opportunity for MEC Security Committee representatives to better serve the security needs of the membership.

Legislative Affairs Chairman Jeffrey Woodham reminds all pilots to “BACK THE PAC.” ALPA National could not make 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.

Membership Committee Chairman Matt Dugan and Member Charlie Mader met with two new hire classes in Appleton to welcome 23 new pilots to Air Wisconsin and ALPA.  Please remember to keep the Membership Committee up to date on any changes in cellphone, email, or home address.  You can update by emailing Matt directly at matt.dugan@alpa.org or membership@alpa.org. As always, please help Matt and Committee in greeting our new brothers and sisters by extending your hand and welcoming them to the Air Wisconsin/ALPA family.

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. In February, Tyson answered numerous questions about 117, contract duty times, extensions and junior man's; an above-average amount of questions due to several weather events; and received clarification from payroll on several pay scenarios pertaining to day in lieu pay and to trip swap pay.

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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February Resignations

By ARW MEC Membership Committee

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2015 Dates

March 23-25

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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