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In This Issue

Coffee & Conversation: Meet Your ALPA Reps

Gate Report Time in Canada

Hotel Committee Update

Professional Standards and the ALPA Code of Ethics

Retirement & Insurance Update

Committee Activity for June 2014

Jonathan McAbee Memorial Golf Tournament Reminder

ARW June Resignations

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July 15, 2014

 

 

Coffee & Conversation: Meet Your ALPA Reps

By ARW MEC

 

Check out one or more of the following times and locations to catch up with your ALPA reps and grab a cup coffee.

 

July 16

DCA Starbucks (ticketing level, across from pier for gate 23-34), 0800-1600

ORF Starbucks, 0430-1430

July 17

ORF Starbucks, 0430-1430

July 21

CLT Concourse E Starbucks (between gate E26/E28 by crew room elevator), 1300-2000

LGA Concourse C World Bean, 0830-1330

July 22

CLT Concourse E Starbucks (between gate E26/E28 by crew room elevator), 0700-1600

LGA Concourse C World Bean, 0830-1330

July 23

PHL Terminal F Food Court (near Le Bus Café), 0800-1700

ORF Starbucks, 0430-1430

July 24

PHL Terminal F Food Court (near Le Bus Café), 0700-1400

ORF Starbucks, 0430-1430

 

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Gate Report Time in Canada

By ARW Scheduling Committee

 

Recently, the company issued a PIF regarding late reporting crews in Canada, indicating that some crews have been arriving at the gate less than 45 minutes prior to departure (see PIF F140169 / FOM page 3-8).  As we well know, in order for a crew to be at the gate 45 minutes prior to departure for any outstation they need to be at the airport an hour or more prior to departure.  For a Canadian airport, at least an hour and fifteen minutes prior to departure in order to get through security and customs.  When you add in transportation time from the hotel to the airport, this might mean departing the hotel an hour and a half or more prior to departure.  When this is coupled to the previous night’s arrival, post flight activities, customs clearance and transportation to the hotel, the crew may get close to infringing on the 8-hour sleep opportunity required under Part 117.

 

The company has adjusted the Canadian overnight schedules in order to provide the eight-hour rest opportunity, taking into account the extra time it takes to get through security and customs. There is currently an hour buffer on all overnights and none of the Canadian overnights are scheduled for less than 11:37.

 

July Data

Range of rest periods

YUL

12:05 - 19:47

YYZ

11:37 - 26:44

YOW

12:07 - 32:00

 

FAR 117 states you must have 10 consecutive hours free from duty, including a minimum 8-hour uninterrupted sleep opportunity before accepting a new FDP or RAP (Reserve Availability Period). The 10 hours is not necessarily at the hotel and behind the door though. Travel to and from the hotel can be included in the 10 hours – but it must not interfere with the minimum 8-hour sleep opportunity.

 

A pilot must also receive 30 consecutive hours of rest within the past 168 hours before beginning any RAP or FDP. This rule replaces the old 24 hours off in 7 days. Our contract states that pilots require a calendar day off per week in his/her domicile, which prevents a pilot from being scheduled for 7 days in a row even with 30 hours of rest at an out station.

 

Please plan ahead to ensure you arrive at the gate on time and that you are not rushed to complete the required pre-flight checklists.  Should you anticipate infringement on the 8-hour sleep opportunity, please notify the crew desk as soon as possible in order to adjust your show time if necessary.

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Hotel Committee Update
By Ken Honneffer, Hotel Committee Chairman

As most everyone is aware at this point, MEM caused major issues in June.  The safety concerns of the area surrounding our RON hotel were again brought to light.  The Company and the Association published their respective announcements regarding the use of transportation to and from local restaurants, and the committee was flooded with issue forms and calls/emails from concerned crew members.  As of July 3, we have moved crews to a new location in a safe suburb while the Company finalizes their market study and compiles a list of hotels for the Committee to review.  We apologize for any poor overnight experiences suffered while this issue was resolved. 

 

The Hotel Committee also traveled to BNA and inspected several properties during the last week in June.  It was clear the current property had no regard for our crews’ comfort or rest during their renovation process and a move was much-needed.  We decided on the Springhill Suites by Marriott, located across the street from our current property.  The property is clean, has a respectable fitness center, free breakfast, micro/fridges in every room and is located near several restaurants.  The hotel also offers a 20% discount during dinner hours at its parent Marriott property, and a van will be available to transport crew members between the two locations.  The Marriott will also allow the use of its much larger and better-equipped fitness center.

The best ways for the Hotel Committee to receive pilot feedback is by filing a hotel complaint form (or compliment form) either on www.alpa.org (click the My MEC/LEC tab) or on Crew Self Service under “pilot forms” select Hotel Feedback. Pilots are also welcome to call any member of the Hotel Committee or email the committee at ARWHotels@alpa.org.

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Professional Standards and the ALPA Code of Ethics
By BG Garner, Professional Standards Chairman

As professional pilots, we all understand the importance of using our Crew Resource Management (CRM) skills to discuss issues openly and directly and we do not hesitate when safety of flight is involved. In those rare instances when our personal CRM tools fail and personalities clash, we may bid around that person in the future, we may opt to ignore the situation and let it fester, or if grievous, we may opt to take the issue to management. There is a fourth alternative -- peer conflict resolution. This is the role of Professional Standards.

 

The Professional Standards mission is to protect and enhance the careers of ALPA pilots. Individual pilot volunteers who make up the Professional Standards committees at the MEC level provide a forum for pilots to come to with problems of a professional or ethical nature. Interested peer volunteers will handle these problems under strict confidentiality. Professional Standards deals primarily with pilot behavior in the work place to ensure a safe and professional operating environment. Professional Standards is the guardian of ALPA’s sacred document, the ALPA Code of Ethics.

 

The Professional Standards Committee does not deal with third party information, and the services of Pro Stands should be sought out voluntarily and on a first hand basis.

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Retirement & Insurance Update
By ARW R&I Committee

Under the Air Wisconsin Pilots’ 401(k) Plan (the “401(k) Plan”), your MEC-appointed Retirement and Insurance Committee’s (R&I Committee) role is to review, monitor, assess and make changes to all investment and administrative aspects of the 401(k) Plan on a periodic and recurring basis.  This review looks at a wide array of aspects and attributes of the investment offerings, as well as record keeping and account administration services provided to the 401(k) Plan and its participants. During the course of its review, the R&I Committee receives and considers a variety of data, information, reports and commentary from the 401(k) Plan’s record keeper, T. Rowe Price, the Plan's Administrator, and various ALPA staff. 

 

Over the course of the past several years, the R&I Committee has made some changes to the cost (i.e. realized lower costs) of administrative and record keeping services. The R&I Committee also has made changes to the various mutual funds and investment options in which participants can invest, in compliance with all Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor 401(k) legal and regulatory requirements applicable to qualified defined contribution plans.  These decisions are made by the R&I Committee prudently, solely in the interest of participants, in order to diversify plan investment opportunities by type of investment and risk/return horizon to minimize risk of investment losses to the plan, for the purpose of providing retirement benefits and defraying plan expenses.

 

These decisions are made working within the particular facts and circumstances that exist at the time of the decision. These facts and circumstances include, but are not limited to: investment market conditions, types of investment options currently provided under the 401(k) Plan (active and passive management, fund sectors offered, etc.), manager performance in relation to the performance of other similar funds in the peer group and in relation to established benchmarks, administrative services provided, and of course, fees charged by the fund’s manager. Also factoring into any decision is the size and structure of the 401(k) Plan, which currently has is approximately $100,000,000 in assets and approximately 1,000 participants (who generally are well-educated and informed investors), and has a semi-bundled record keeping service agreement with T. Rowe Price. In its review of the investment managers and funds, the R&I Committee considers various quantifiable factors (cost, volume of participant inquiries, trades and transactions, etc.) as well as qualitative factors (quality of service, reputation of service provider, depth of staff and resources available from a service provider, etc.) when deciding if, how and when any necessary or desired changes should occur.  All decisions are made with a focus on what is reasonable and in the best interest of plan participants. 

 

You should also be aware that the Company has some discretion regarding the R&I Committee’s decision.  Because the Company is the plan sponsor, it must agree to certain amendments and agreements that affect the 401(k) Plan.

 

Regarding the particular investment offerings in the 401(k) Plan, the R&I Committee ensures that there is a wide array of equity and fixed income funds that are made available to participants, as well as target date and cash preservation funds. Participants also have access to a wide network of educational and guidance tools and services through the internet as well as through calls to a client service call center.  The cost and the performance of the funds provided for in the 401(k) Plan are benchmarked and tracked against several databases and indices, including Morningstar asset class and Lipper peer group reports.  When a 401(k) Plan investment fund provided fares relatively poorly on a recurring basis, as tracked against these industry tracking databases, the R&I Committee considers the appropriateness of removing, replacing and/or freezing the fund.  Ultimately, the decision of which funds to offer in the 401(k) Plan involves reasoned judgment, which naturally includes informed, subjective opinion.  The determination as to which type of fund to use, an index fund or an actively-managed fund, in any particular asset class is made through a comprehensive consideration of numerous factors (described above), including but not limited to cost.

 

Recently there have been questions as to why the R&I Committee has not selected more index funds, instead of the actively managed funds, for the 401(k) Plan line-up.  There have also been some requests to replace all the current 401(k) Plan funds with low-cost index funds.  You should be aware that there are no legal or regulatory requirements to simply choose the low-cost index funds in every, or any, asset class. In fact, it makes sense to have a variety of investment approaches from which participants may choose for their accounts. Why? Because in some market cycles or sectors the actively managed funds perform better than index funds and may provide some protection against risk of investment losses.

The R&I Committee has and will continue to comprehensively consider all relevant factors when reaching a reasoned and prudent decision that it believes is in the best interest of all pilot participants.

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Committee Activity for June 2014
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 mediums. 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 pilots who are ALPA volunteers.

In June, Grievance Committee Chairman Maggie Eickhoff and Hotel Committee Chairman Ken Honneffer recorded committee 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 throughout June fielding numerous phone calls from various pilots. Currently, we have 10 Pilots out on short-term disability (STD). The STD Bank is presently $57,000 and should be turned off temporarily after the July 15 payroll.

 

Jack would like to remind our Pilots about the ALPA Aeromedical Office.  Over the years, the Aeromedical Office has been instrumental in getting the FAA to revise many policies that allows pilots to regain or maintain their medical certification; often times with conditions that the FAA previously considered permanently disqualifying, such as coronary bypass surgery, angioplasty, isolated seizure, total loss of vision in one eye, and a number of others.

 

The consulting service, known as Aviation Medicine Advisory Service, currently employs seven full-time physicians and a staff of 12 other personnel in a variety of positions. All ALPA Aeromedical Office physicians are residency trained and board certified in aerospace medicine, with most holding additional medical specialty certifications. The Office is handling new ALPA cases at a rate of more than 8,000 per year. Approximately 20 percent of the cases are chronic in nature, requiring periodic monitoring and reexamination. Hence, at any given time, the office is actively involved in several hundred open cases.

 

When you need the assistance of the ALPA Aeromedical Office call 303-341-4435; you will need your ALPA number and a doctor will return your call promptly.  If you have questions or concerns regarding the contract, STD policy and procedures, FMLA or calling in sick call our very own Jack Roback can help.  You can reach him at 757-304-7434 or Jack.Roback@alpa.org.


The ASAP Committee is comprised of Chairman Dan Lehenbauer and Secondary Representatives Chris Fuson and Marlena Mattingly. Due to the confidential nature of this committee, the exact details of their work are not reported to the MEC or the pilot group, and are protected under federal regulations and the ASAP Memo of Understanding. Nevertheless, this “behind-the-scenes” committee provides prolific service and enormous safety benefits to our pilot group, our company, and the airline industry. In addition to Regular ERC Meetings held via Telecom, the entire ERC was able to meet in person on June 17-18 in MKE with representative from Air Wisconsin and the FAA.

 

Central Air Safety Committee Chairman Kristen Brown and Member Selene Richardson attended the ALPA “Just Culture” Symposium on June 16 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC.  Speakers and attendees explored the value of proactive safety programs in moving toward a just culture in airlines.  Challenges, considerations and lessons learned were discussed, along with various applications for the use of safety data.

 

There were significant panel discussions and ample time for Q&A.  This symposium basically became the tipping off point for a week-long conference involving the recommendation of ICAO language to give guidance for member states on safety data and program protections.  The preliminary approved language, which is still subject to an extensive comment period by member states and a formal approval process, would mandate international standards on the protection of safety data in criminal and civil litigations.  Although this is an exciting step, it will still be several years before this language is made official and binding.

 

On June 19th while on a RON, Kristen met and had lunch with Air Wisconsin Managing Director of Safety Chris White to discuss various topics and issues regarding safety. 

FOQA Committee Chairman Ron Stocki reported in April that due to an oversight by the Air Wisconsin Safety Department a new event definition was not sent to IATA (the FDR analysis vendor) in a timely fashion, causing a delay to their monthly report.  Since the FOQA Committee didn’t have that report, the April FMT (FOQA Monitoring Team) meeting was cancelled. The new event definition that caused the cancellation of the April FMT meeting had been cleared up, but not in time to get a report for the May meeting, which was also cancelled. More recently, the June FMT was cancelled due to program manager Gregg Syring having a scheduling conflict.  The recent lack of meetings will be addressed at the July meeting.

Grievance Committee Members Graham Downing and Ken Nesbitt are now in charge of the Issue Form Branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Graham or Ken regarding your issue form, please make their job easier by calling them back or responding to their e-mail as quickly as possible. Issues are resolved through an organized and time-critical process during which the filer of the issue form 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. Grievance Committee Chairman Maggie Eickhoff wants to remind pilots to submit issue forms if they do not concur with an FDP extension and are forced into a fatigue call. The MEC has filed a group grievance on behalf of all affected pilots.

It is a goal of the ARW MEC and Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Brendan Cantwell to increase the participation of the Air Wisconsin pilot group in the ALPA PAC. Both Mesa and PSA now have a higher number of PAC contributors than Air Wisconsin; with Mesa achieving close to 55 percent participation. ALPA National could not have made 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 Brian Gambino asks all pilots to check with their fellow pilots to confirm they are receiving ALPA communications. If they are not, please have them contact the Membership Committee at
ARWMembership@alpa.org so that we may remedy the situation.

Scheduling Committee Chairman Tybee Halter would also like to remind 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 issues to your Scheduling Committee, even if the issue was satisfactorily remedied by Crew Scheduling or a flight manager. If the issue was unresolved, file an issue form. If you do not have a badge backer, please contact Membership Chairman Brian Gambino at 516-263-4735 or
ARWMembership@alpa.org.

 

On June 19th, members of your ARW ALPA volunteer structure met at ALPA National Headquarters and took part in an ALPA Spokesperson Workshop, otherwise known as ALPA Media Training. Participants included Communications Chairman Ken Reinert, Grievance Chairman Maggie Eickhoff, and Legislative Affairs Chairman Brendan Cantwell. Topics included news media 101, legal considerations, developing (and staying on) your message, as well as exercises to practice the skills learned during the training.

 

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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Jonathan McAbee Memorial Golf Tournament Reminder

By Reed Donoghue, LEC 50 Vice Chairman

 

When:  Thursday, Aug. 14 (Check in: 11:30 am; Tee Off: 12:00 pm)

Where:  The Honey Bee Golf Club, 2500 S. Independence Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA

Cost:  $50 (Includes: 18 holes greens fees, cart fees, post tournament meal, and donation.)

Registration:  Email LEC50@alpa.org

Donate: http://www.gofundme.com/2tbgq8

More details click here.

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ARW June Resignations

By ARW Membership Committee

 

Resignation
Date

 

ID #

 

First Name

 

Last Name

6/14/2014

9861

Benjamin

Ellingsworth

6/11/2014

14490

Andrew

Philbin

6/23/2014

22296

Anthony

Saraceno

6/15/2014

23799

Ron

Glazer

6/01/2014

23807

Kristopher

Nickles

6/28/2014

23813

Jeffrey

Jatczak

6/20/2014

24616

Christopher

Clover

6/16/2014

25020

Timothy

Miller

6/04/2014

25128

Steevens

Bazile

6/04/2014

25405

Brent

Wright

6/03/2014

25567

William

Oxley

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2014 DATES

Aug. 4-7

ALPA Air Safety Week, DCA

Aug. 12-13

Retirement & Insurance Committee Quarterly Meeting, BWI

Aug. 13-14

UAL FFD Open House, ORD

Aug. 14

McAbee Memorial Golf Tournament, VA Beach

Aug. 26

MEC Officers Begin New 2-Year Term

Sept. 9

FFDC Meeting, Herndon

Sept. 10-11

ALPA Executive Board Meeting, IAD

Sept. 24-25

UAL FFD Open House, DEN

Oct. 1-3

Mediation (Tentative)

Oct. 11-17

MEC Meeting, FLL

Oct. 20-23

ALPA Board of Directors Meeting, FLL

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Feb 13-21

MEC Regular Meeting

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

Oct. 16-24

MEC Regular Meeting

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