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ARW MEC Meeting Wrap-up

The ARW MEC wrapped up its summer meeting Wednesday in Appleton with a focus on strategic planning in various shapes and forms. Former ARW MEC Chair Richard Swindell, who is now an F/O at United and working for the ALPA national Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee (SPSC) briefed the group on the status of the “2018: Sunrise or Sunset?” campaign. The MEC also heard a briefing from our pollster, Phil Comstock, on the results of our recent telephone survey. We got great data from the pilot group on your expectations for the MEC, management, and our next contract. This information is very useful to us as we continue negotiations and strategic planning.

After lunch Tuesday the MEC went into executive session and welcomed AWAC Chief Executive Christine Deister. Every MEC officer and rep questioned the CEO for almost two hours and we had a wide-ranging discussion. Ms. Deister acknowledged there is a desire by the pilots for information about the future beyond 2018 in which she hopes to be able to communicate at some point. During the meeting the company has confirmed there is no “big announcement” planned in Q3 as the pilots have been hearing during ground school visits. We appreciated the time she took to come and speak with us. Unfortunately, there is no new news to report at this point regarding the future of the airline.

After the meeting with the Company the MEC received a comprehensive brief from the Communications Committee about the new tools they are introducing to the already robust line up of communications platforms available to the MEC.  As you have seen a Twitter Handle has already been introduced (@ARWALPACOMMS) with another tool to be rolled out this summer.  Matt Chadwick, member of the FFD committee supporting resource coordinator Paul Ryder, gave a legislative affairs briefing explaining the utter importance of the MEC involvement and the pilots in different battle the Association is fighting on your behalf.  He also explained the need for FFD pilots to engage in ALPA Calls to Action (C2A’s) and donate to the PAC.  ARW is leading in C2A’s but has room for improvement in PAC participation.

The MEC wrapped up its meeting Wednesday morning and then headed to the airport for the annual ALPA headquarters picnic. Because the hangar was occupied, the airport authorities had us hold the picnic under a couple of large tents set up on the far side of the airport near the Gulfstream hangars. Although the location was across the parking lots from the AWAC offices no one seemed to mind, and we all enjoyed the beautiful weather and the chance to share burgers and brats with about 150 of our fellow employees, including the recurrent training class. This event is always one of the high points of the year for the MEC, and we’ll post some pictures on the ARW ALPA Facebook page soon.

Our next MEC meeting will be in October in Washington, DC just prior to the biennial ALPA Board of Directors meeting.

Ken Reinert, June 24, 2016




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ARW MEC Meeting Wrap-up

The ARW MEC wrapped up its summer meeting Wednesday in Appleton with a focus on strategic planning in various shapes and forms. Former ARW MEC Chair Richard Swindell, who is now an F/O at United and working for the ALPA national Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee (SPSC) briefed the group on the status of the “2018: Sunrise or Sunset?” campaign. The MEC also heard a briefing from our pollster, Phil Comstock, on the results of our recent telephone survey. We got great data from the pilot group on your expectations for the MEC, management, and our next contract. This information is very useful to us as we continue negotiations and strategic planning.

After lunch Tuesday the MEC went into executive session and welcomed AWAC Chief Executive Christine Deister. Every MEC officer and rep questioned the CEO for almost two hours and we had a wide-ranging discussion. Ms. Deister acknowledged there is a desire by the pilots for information about the future beyond 2018 in which she hopes to be able to communicate at some point. During the meeting the company has confirmed there is no “big announcement” planned in Q3 as the pilots have been hearing during ground school visits. We appreciated the time she took to come and speak with us. Unfortunately, there is no new news to report at this point regarding the future of the airline.

After the meeting with the Company the MEC received a comprehensive brief from the Communications Committee about the new tools they are introducing to the already robust line up of communications platforms available to the MEC.  As you have seen a Twitter Handle has already been introduced (@ARWALPACOMMS) with another tool to be rolled out this summer.  Matt Chadwick, member of the FFD committee supporting resource coordinator Paul Ryder, gave a legislative affairs briefing explaining the utter importance of the MEC involvement and the pilots in different battle the Association is fighting on your behalf.  He also explained the need for FFD pilots to engage in ALPA Calls to Action (C2A’s) and donate to the PAC.  ARW is leading in C2A’s but has room for improvement in PAC participation.

The MEC wrapped up its meeting Wednesday morning and then headed to the airport for the annual ALPA headquarters picnic. Because the hangar was occupied, the airport authorities had us hold the picnic under a couple of large tents set up on the far side of the airport near the Gulfstream hangars. Although the location was across the parking lots from the AWAC offices no one seemed to mind, and we all enjoyed the beautiful weather and the chance to share burgers and brats with about 150 of our fellow employees, including the recurrent training class. This event is always one of the high points of the year for the MEC, and we’ll post some pictures on the ARW ALPA Facebook page soon.

Our next MEC meeting will be in October in Washington, DC just prior to the biennial ALPA Board of Directors meeting.

Ken Reinert,




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