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ALPA Support for 2018: Sunrise or Sunset

By now you have probably read the April 25th letter published by your MEC entitled 2018: Sunrise Or Sunset? This new ARW MEC campaign asks the company to let the pilot group know what Air Wisconsin’s business plans are after February 2018, when our contract with American Airlines is scheduled to expire.

Because prepping pilots for the very real possibility that Air Wisconsin will no longer exist or will rapidly draw down after February 2018 takes considerable time and tools, your MEC asked ALPA President Tim Canoll for additional resources to support ARW pilots and the 2018: Sunrise Or Sunset? campaign.  With the approval of United MEC Chairman Todd Insler, Capt. Canoll appointed United First Officer and former ARW MEC Chairman Richard Swindell  to support Captain Chris Suhs and the ARW MEC as a member of the ALPA National Strategic Preparation and Strike Committee.

Most of you will recall Richard’s long tenure here at Air Wisconsin as a pilot and ALPA volunteer who served as ARW Master Chairman prior to Chris Suhs. Many of you know Richard personally, and of course the AWAC executives in Appleton remember him as well. The MEC believes Richard’s deep understanding of our airline and our pilot group makes him an ideal support asset for our group, keeping you informed about our futures here at AWAC and options for exporting your careers to other carriers and segments of the aviation industry.

Richard has already started working with Chris and the MEC to encourage the company to simply tell us what the future holds for Air Wisconsin employees.  Sunrise or sunset, you have earned the right to know which direction this company is heading so that you may best position your career and family for stability and success.  Richard will also be assisting the MEC with pilot and pilot family communications and outreach as a part of the 2018: Sunrise Or Sunset? campaign.

Please understand that this campaign is about communicating – with you as well as the company.2018:Sunrise Or Sunset? is about expecting the company to exercise its corporate responsibility and meet its moral obligations to its employees. We deserve to know whether our employer reasonably expects to be in business beyond February 2018, and if so, how? In addition, the campaign is about preparing yourself and making decisions about your career and the ability to support your family beyond February 2018 with the facts as they are presented today.

As we said in our message on April 25 that launched this campaign and in last week’s podcast, simply wanting to be in business does not in and of itself constitute an actionable or attainable business plan.  If the odds are currently against the company continuing to stay in business beyond February 2018, then Air Wisconsin employees need to know in order to start considering options.

In the near future, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate our pilot group’s solidarity by collaborating with your MEC in asking our corporate leaders whether 2018 will be a sunrise or sunset for Air Wisconsin by displaying bag tags and other campaign paraphernalia, as well as speaking to your union leaders and fellow pilots about our collective future.  Additionally, please join your MEC in welcoming Richard Swindell back to serving and supporting the Air Wisconsin pilot group, and continue monitoring your email inbox, listening to weekly MEC podcasts, viewing the MEC website and Facebook page for updates and developments as we continue to represent you and the question of 2018: Sunrise or Sunset? is ultimately answered.

In Solidarity,

Your ARW MEC

Ken Reinert, May 2, 2016




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ALPA Support for 2018: Sunrise or Sunset

By now you have probably read the April 25th letter published by your MEC entitled 2018: Sunrise Or Sunset? This new ARW MEC campaign asks the company to let the pilot group know what Air Wisconsin’s business plans are after February 2018, when our contract with American Airlines is scheduled to expire.

Because prepping pilots for the very real possibility that Air Wisconsin will no longer exist or will rapidly draw down after February 2018 takes considerable time and tools, your MEC asked ALPA President Tim Canoll for additional resources to support ARW pilots and the 2018: Sunrise Or Sunset? campaign.  With the approval of United MEC Chairman Todd Insler, Capt. Canoll appointed United First Officer and former ARW MEC Chairman Richard Swindell  to support Captain Chris Suhs and the ARW MEC as a member of the ALPA National Strategic Preparation and Strike Committee.

Most of you will recall Richard’s long tenure here at Air Wisconsin as a pilot and ALPA volunteer who served as ARW Master Chairman prior to Chris Suhs. Many of you know Richard personally, and of course the AWAC executives in Appleton remember him as well. The MEC believes Richard’s deep understanding of our airline and our pilot group makes him an ideal support asset for our group, keeping you informed about our futures here at AWAC and options for exporting your careers to other carriers and segments of the aviation industry.

Richard has already started working with Chris and the MEC to encourage the company to simply tell us what the future holds for Air Wisconsin employees.  Sunrise or sunset, you have earned the right to know which direction this company is heading so that you may best position your career and family for stability and success.  Richard will also be assisting the MEC with pilot and pilot family communications and outreach as a part of the 2018: Sunrise Or Sunset? campaign.

Please understand that this campaign is about communicating – with you as well as the company.2018:Sunrise Or Sunset? is about expecting the company to exercise its corporate responsibility and meet its moral obligations to its employees. We deserve to know whether our employer reasonably expects to be in business beyond February 2018, and if so, how? In addition, the campaign is about preparing yourself and making decisions about your career and the ability to support your family beyond February 2018 with the facts as they are presented today.

As we said in our message on April 25 that launched this campaign and in last week’s podcast, simply wanting to be in business does not in and of itself constitute an actionable or attainable business plan.  If the odds are currently against the company continuing to stay in business beyond February 2018, then Air Wisconsin employees need to know in order to start considering options.

In the near future, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate our pilot group’s solidarity by collaborating with your MEC in asking our corporate leaders whether 2018 will be a sunrise or sunset for Air Wisconsin by displaying bag tags and other campaign paraphernalia, as well as speaking to your union leaders and fellow pilots about our collective future.  Additionally, please join your MEC in welcoming Richard Swindell back to serving and supporting the Air Wisconsin pilot group, and continue monitoring your email inbox, listening to weekly MEC podcasts, viewing the MEC website and Facebook page for updates and developments as we continue to represent you and the question of 2018: Sunrise or Sunset? is ultimately answered.

In Solidarity,

Your ARW MEC

Ken Reinert,




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