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Air Wisconsin MEC Opens Summer Meeting, Elects Officers

The ARW MEC held the first day of its summer meeting today in Appleton. After hearing officer reports, the MEC held balloting to elect a new slate of MEC officers. Current Chairman Chris Suhs, Vice-Chairman Thorne Saylor, and Secretary-Treasurer Graham Hoff-Downing were unanimously elected to new two-year terms which will start August 25. The MEC also re-appointed its entire slate of committee chairmen and elected Andrew Payne as the new Hotel Committee chair.

MEC officers and representatives from councils 49, 50 and 51 heard presentations from several key committees, including a detailed update on negotiations from Negotiating Chairman Bob Burgess. Currently the union and the company have TA’d 12 contract sections and exchanged proposed language on five more sections. Additional sessions with the federal mediator are scheduled for July 25-29 in Chicago and August 15-17 in Milwaukee.

The MEC also heard from Training Committee Chair Charlie Mader and Grievance Chair Ken Nesbitt, as well as a briefing by telephone from Delta Capt. Roger White on ALPA’s national strategic plan. MEC reps will help revise the plan at the national union’s Board of Directors meeting this October in Washington, DC.

The MEC meeting resumes tomorrow with briefings on polling, communications, legislative affairs, MEC strategic planning, and the status of the “2018: Sunrise or Sunset?” campaign. It concludes on Wednesday with the ALPA-sponsored picnic for headquarters employees at the Appleton Airport.

Ken Reinert, June 21, 2016




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Air Wisconsin MEC Opens Summer Meeting, Elects Officers

The ARW MEC held the first day of its summer meeting today in Appleton. After hearing officer reports, the MEC held balloting to elect a new slate of MEC officers. Current Chairman Chris Suhs, Vice-Chairman Thorne Saylor, and Secretary-Treasurer Graham Hoff-Downing were unanimously elected to new two-year terms which will start August 25. The MEC also re-appointed its entire slate of committee chairmen and elected Andrew Payne as the new Hotel Committee chair.

MEC officers and representatives from councils 49, 50 and 51 heard presentations from several key committees, including a detailed update on negotiations from Negotiating Chairman Bob Burgess. Currently the union and the company have TA’d 12 contract sections and exchanged proposed language on five more sections. Additional sessions with the federal mediator are scheduled for July 25-29 in Chicago and August 15-17 in Milwaukee.

The MEC also heard from Training Committee Chair Charlie Mader and Grievance Chair Ken Nesbitt, as well as a briefing by telephone from Delta Capt. Roger White on ALPA’s national strategic plan. MEC reps will help revise the plan at the national union’s Board of Directors meeting this October in Washington, DC.

The MEC meeting resumes tomorrow with briefings on polling, communications, legislative affairs, MEC strategic planning, and the status of the “2018: Sunrise or Sunset?” campaign. It concludes on Wednesday with the ALPA-sponsored picnic for headquarters employees at the Appleton Airport.

Ken Reinert,




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