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2018:SOS Update for October 10, 2016

Last week Negotiating Chairman Bob Burgess and SPSC Chairman Ken Nesbitt sponsored Coffee and Conversation events in PHL and DCA where they spoke with a large number of the Air Wisconsin pilots about contract negotiations, the latest industrial news, and the future of Air Wisconsin Airlines. The MEC would like to thank each and every one of you that were able to stop by and speak with Bob and Ken. The turnout was really impressive over the course of the three-day event, with well over 50 pilots stopping by each day for a chat and a cup of Joe.

Those pilots included a nice mix of Captains, First Officers, Line Check Airman, and Simulator Instructors.  While many topics were covered, and numerous questions were answered, the most important question for the pilots of Air Wisconsin remains unanswered: what does the future hold for our airline?  To date, senior management has not recognized the pilot-driven campaign in which the title asks the very question: 2018 Sunrise or Sunset? We continue to hear the hollow platitudes that to our knowledge have not produced any results with AAG or any other airline partner. In addition, middle managers yet again are talking about some “big” announcement.  As you may recall, the CEO this summer was unaware why the middle managers were peddling the narrative of a big announcement in the third quarter.

Perhaps the “big announcement” was their way of foreshadowing the most recent contract improvements debuted by AAG’s wholly owned airlines. Envoy, PSA and Piedmont have all received substantial compensation packages and recently Envoy announced that it will be opening a new LGA domicile.

We have asked management about the long-term and short-term implications of Envoy’s New York news, both for our LGA domicile and the entire airline. They have indicated that at this point they are unable to answer that question but have committed to communicating directly with the MEC as soon as information is available. Until that takes place, we are all left attempting to piece together what all these recent developments mean for Air Wisconsin. As we overwhelmingly heard from the pilots this week, the pilot assessment is that this does not bode well for our company.

Due to the inability and inaction of Air Wisconsin, the MEC and the pilot group is forced to make decisions based off the puzzle pieces that we’ve gathered over the last 12 months. Those same puzzle pieces underlie the opinions you shared with us this last week and have moved our campaign into the SOS phase.

In addition, all of you feel like it is time to get a fair contract NOW.  Know this: we hear you. The MEC is committed to fighting for all of you, and we are working to meet these legitimate pilot concerns as quickly as possible.

It should be noted that the turnout for both the phone polling and the emailed survey have been nothing short of impressive. Most of you who stopped by last week had been randomly selected to participate in the phone polling, many of you had already completed the online survey, and in some cases, had done both. We cannot thank you enough for your involvement. The data we get from these are extremely valuable to us.

If you have not taken our emailed survey, please take a few moments to do so.  You do not need your ALPA number to take it, and there is a handy mobile version for those of you with smart phones. The survey takes under five minutes and consists of less than 10 questions. The phone polling has been completed and we expect to receive the results soon. Again, thank you to everyone who participated in this poll.

Also, during last week’s discussion it became very apparent that the morale of the pilot group is quite low. Whether it is the constant re-routes and junior mans, the fact that your colleagues and friends are leaving the airline, or the stress related to not knowing if you will be able to provide for your family soon – all of those factors contribute to the understandably low morale. We again remind you of your obligations: as a member of the Air Line Pilots Association, a professional airline pilot, an employee of Air Wisconsin, and a team member of the American Eagle brand, please do your best to deliver the safest and the best service every day on each and every flight assignment.

For those of you who were unable to attend our Coffee and Conversation this past week, don’t worry, we are scheduling more dates in the near future. The next date is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th in DCA at the Starbucks outside of Gate 35, and additional dates and locations will be communicated with you as soon as arrangements have been made. One good way to keep track of upcoming ARW events is by signing up for our MEC text service, TextCaster. You can sign up here and the process is quick, painless, and free.

Until next time, Fly Safe and Fly the Contract!

ARW MEC

Ken Reinert, October 10, 2016




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2018:SOS Update for October 10, 2016

Last week Negotiating Chairman Bob Burgess and SPSC Chairman Ken Nesbitt sponsored Coffee and Conversation events in PHL and DCA where they spoke with a large number of the Air Wisconsin pilots about contract negotiations, the latest industrial news, and the future of Air Wisconsin Airlines. The MEC would like to thank each and every one of you that were able to stop by and speak with Bob and Ken. The turnout was really impressive over the course of the three-day event, with well over 50 pilots stopping by each day for a chat and a cup of Joe.

Those pilots included a nice mix of Captains, First Officers, Line Check Airman, and Simulator Instructors.  While many topics were covered, and numerous questions were answered, the most important question for the pilots of Air Wisconsin remains unanswered: what does the future hold for our airline?  To date, senior management has not recognized the pilot-driven campaign in which the title asks the very question: 2018 Sunrise or Sunset? We continue to hear the hollow platitudes that to our knowledge have not produced any results with AAG or any other airline partner. In addition, middle managers yet again are talking about some “big” announcement.  As you may recall, the CEO this summer was unaware why the middle managers were peddling the narrative of a big announcement in the third quarter.

Perhaps the “big announcement” was their way of foreshadowing the most recent contract improvements debuted by AAG’s wholly owned airlines. Envoy, PSA and Piedmont have all received substantial compensation packages and recently Envoy announced that it will be opening a new LGA domicile.

We have asked management about the long-term and short-term implications of Envoy’s New York news, both for our LGA domicile and the entire airline. They have indicated that at this point they are unable to answer that question but have committed to communicating directly with the MEC as soon as information is available. Until that takes place, we are all left attempting to piece together what all these recent developments mean for Air Wisconsin. As we overwhelmingly heard from the pilots this week, the pilot assessment is that this does not bode well for our company.

Due to the inability and inaction of Air Wisconsin, the MEC and the pilot group is forced to make decisions based off the puzzle pieces that we’ve gathered over the last 12 months. Those same puzzle pieces underlie the opinions you shared with us this last week and have moved our campaign into the SOS phase.

In addition, all of you feel like it is time to get a fair contract NOW.  Know this: we hear you. The MEC is committed to fighting for all of you, and we are working to meet these legitimate pilot concerns as quickly as possible.

It should be noted that the turnout for both the phone polling and the emailed survey have been nothing short of impressive. Most of you who stopped by last week had been randomly selected to participate in the phone polling, many of you had already completed the online survey, and in some cases, had done both. We cannot thank you enough for your involvement. The data we get from these are extremely valuable to us.

If you have not taken our emailed survey, please take a few moments to do so.  You do not need your ALPA number to take it, and there is a handy mobile version for those of you with smart phones. The survey takes under five minutes and consists of less than 10 questions. The phone polling has been completed and we expect to receive the results soon. Again, thank you to everyone who participated in this poll.

Also, during last week’s discussion it became very apparent that the morale of the pilot group is quite low. Whether it is the constant re-routes and junior mans, the fact that your colleagues and friends are leaving the airline, or the stress related to not knowing if you will be able to provide for your family soon – all of those factors contribute to the understandably low morale. We again remind you of your obligations: as a member of the Air Line Pilots Association, a professional airline pilot, an employee of Air Wisconsin, and a team member of the American Eagle brand, please do your best to deliver the safest and the best service every day on each and every flight assignment.

For those of you who were unable to attend our Coffee and Conversation this past week, don’t worry, we are scheduling more dates in the near future. The next date is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12th in DCA at the Starbucks outside of Gate 35, and additional dates and locations will be communicated with you as soon as arrangements have been made. One good way to keep track of upcoming ARW events is by signing up for our MEC text service, TextCaster. You can sign up here and the process is quick, painless, and free.

Until next time, Fly Safe and Fly the Contract!

ARW MEC

Ken Reinert,




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