April 15, 2015 ARW Pay Day Hotline

                                                                                              

Take Action! Fatigue Risk Management Survey

By Ralph Wainwright, Fatigue Risk Management Committee Chairman

 

The Fatigue Risk Management Committee is conducting a survey of the pilot group and we need your help in assessing the strength and weaknesses of current Air Wisconsin Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP). This survey is for all pilots regardless of seniority or seat position and we strongly encourage everyone to participate. The survey is being conducted by ALPA and your comments will not be identified with your name.

 

Please click on this link http://www.alpa.org/SurveyGateway/tabid/6312/Default.aspx to take a five-minute survey. You will need your ALPA login information. If you cannot immediately access your ALPA number and/or password, please call 888-FLY-ALPA (888-359-2572) and choose option 3 to request it. Alternatively, contact Joshua Schmitt via email, call, or text and he can look up your ALPA number (contact information below). 

 

We would greatly appreciate your participation and candid assessment of the current FRMP. Please answer honestly, as the results from this survey will identify the strengths and weaknesses of the FRMP, and possibly improve the program for the future.

 

Josh Schmitt

Member, FRM Committee

(540) 588-1969

Josh.Schmitt@alpa.org

 

Coffee & Conversation April 27 (PHL)

By ARW MEC

 

On Monday, April 27, The Negotiating Committee will be in the PHL Terminal F food court from 1100-1600 for coffee and conversation. Please stop by to meet Negotiating Committee Chairman Mark Lockwood and Committee Members Bob Burgess and Graham Downing to discuss with them what’s on your mind.

 

Bereavement Leave

 

Section 13 of the Pilot Contract covers different types of Leaves of Absence.  One of the more personally difficult absences to take is bereavement. Being on the road during the loss of a loved one is tremendously difficult for both you and your family.

 

We want to remind pilots of the availability of Bereavement Leave, and the availability of union volunteers to talk to and who can offer advice about making that phone call.

 

Section 13 D states:

 

Bereavement Leave

 

In the event of the death of a member of the pilot's immediate family, i.e., spouse, child, father, mother, sister, brother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, or grandparents, the pilot will be entitled to funeral leave beginning with the day of the death to the day of the funeral inclusive, except if the funeral is in excess of 100 miles from the pilot's domicile, then the day after the funeral inclusive.

 

The length of the bereavement leave will not exceed

seven (7) calendar days. The pilot will be paid for the value of any trips and/or reserve days dropped. If the funeral occurs more than seven (7) days after the death, the pilot may request to split the bereavement leave. Such requests will be handled on a case by case basis.

 

Most often, pilots who are notified of a loss of a family member find that they are not likely to be in a condition to continue flying. Your priority should be to make the safe decision regarding removing yourself from flying so that you can completely focus on your family and what they need from you.

 

If you learn that a member of your immediate family has passed away, we encourage you to immediately call Scheduling and notify them that you will need to be placed on Bereavement Leave.  At that time, Scheduling will likely connect you with the on-call manager. You can expect every manager to offer their condolences and help facilitate the time off you need and any assistance they can provide to get you home.

 

We would note that as far as we are aware, neither the Chief Pilots, nor Schedulers have any type of formal training in grief or bereavement counselling. Just to make sure you know what to expect, we want to highlight that if you have a death in the family all you should do is make the initial phone call to the Company to notify them that you need to be removed from your assignment. In the very rare event that management mishandles or misspeaks on the call, please contact your Captain or First Officer Representative. They will be happy to ease some of your burden and help you work through any issues with management. This is a time of raw emotion and no one should be arguing with you. Any follow up calls can take place after a sufficient time has passed to allow the pilot to deal with the situation and loss.

 

Lastly, certain types of Leaves of Absence like Medical, Maternity, and Jury Duty leaves require the pilot to submit certain paperwork, but Bereavement Leave should not require any paperwork from you, however, your Regional Chief Pilot may submit forms on the matter for schedule coding purposes.

 

FAR 117

By ARW MEC

 

As the industry gains more experience operating under the terms of the new flight and duty time rule, airlines and unions are seeking clarification as to what some parts of the rule really mean. The FAA considers these questions and issues legal interpretations that then become part of the Rule. FAR 117 now has 31 Legal Interpretations in all, including several that were the result of clarifications sought by ALPA. They can all be found on the ALPA website at http://www.alpa.org/Part117Interpretations/tabid/9042/Default.aspx.

 

Committee Activity for March 2015

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 media. 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 pilot ALPA volunteers.

In March, Hotel Committee Chairman Ken Honneffer, ASAP Chairman Chris Fuson, and Negotiating Chairman Mark Lockwood recorded special topic-specific and 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 in March fielding numerous phone calls from pilots; please give Jack a call if you have Aeromedical, Short-Term Disability, or FMLA questions or issues. We presently have 10 pilots out on short-term disability, the short-term disability bank balance is roughly $54,000 and bank funding is turned off for per Section 27 G. 10 of the CBA.

 

The ASAP Committee is composed of Chairman Chris Fuson and Secondary Representatives Marlena Cooper and Ron Baker. The ASAP Committee reports 44 open reports, with Regular Event Review Committee (ERC) Meetings being conducted on 3/4, 3/11, and 3/18.  As our operation transitions out of winter and into spring, sharp changes in altimeter settings can occur, so the ASAP committee reminds all pilots to double- and triple-check to make sure you have the proper altimeter setting. 


Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Dan Lehenbauer attended the Safety Council meeting in Herndon, VA Feb 18-20. There, Central Air Safety Committee representatives from all ALPA carriers reviewed the safety programs at their respective airlines. The safety groups also reported on national projects. The ALPA Air Safety Organization (ASO) Safety is the largest nongovernmental aviation safety organization in the world.

 

Communications Committee Chairman Ken Reinert is gearing up for the next edition of the Wiss-key. Any pilots interested in submitting articles and/or pictures in the next edition are encouraged by the MEC to do so, and should contact Ken Reinert immediately at 703-862-0596 or Ken.Reinert@alpa.org. Ken would like to have your contributions in hand no later than May 8.  

 

Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) Committee Chairman Ralph Wainwright has recently accepted a position with United Airlines and will be leaving Air Wisconsin this Friday April 17th. The MEC would like to thank Ralph for his service to the pilots of Air Wisconsin, his dedication to the Fatigue Risk Management Program, and his passion for a meaningful safety program. Ralph was instrumental in the creation of the FRM as a sub-committee to the Central Air Safety Committee (CASC), developed MEC policy manual language for its creation, and most recently produced of Committee Continuity Checklist for his replacement. This last January, Ralph led a meeting between ALPA and Company Representatives held in MKE to discuss the Fatigue Risk Management Program and ways that the program could be improved. Thank you Ralph!

 

Community Involvement Committee (CIC) Chairman Robbie Fogelsanger and CIC domicile coordinators have already planned community involvement events in ORF and PHL, with events for LGA and DCA to soon follow. Please look for announcements from your local CIC Coordinator and Local Executive Council Officers, ARW ALPA Facebook, and the calendar on each PDH for events.

 

Grievance Committee Chairman Ken Nesbitt and committee received 12 issue forms from pilots throughout the month of March.  Seven were sent to the company via our share-point site with none being resolved to date, three require additional information from the pilots, one needs additional research on our end, and one had no merit.  Zero grievances were filed in March and zero prior grievances were settled and closed.  The Grievance Committee is still actively working several issues with the Company that were discussed at their meeting in February while in ATW.  The Grievance Committee is hopeful that they can get additional issues worked out in favor of the pilots. 


Grievance Committee Members Dave Anderson and Graham Downing are in charge of the issue form branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Dave or Graham regarding your issue form, please make their job easier by calling back or responding to the e-mail as quickly as possible. Issues are resolved through an organized and time-critical process, during which the issue form filer 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. Please be patient with the Grievance Committee as they work through your issues and attempt to get you made whole.  This issues form and grievance path is unfortunately not a timely process, and if you do have questions about an outstanding issue you filed with committee, please email them with your issue number, date you submitted, and/or topic of your issue in the email so they can reference it in a timely manner.

 

Hotel Committee Chairman Ken Honneffer and Member Laura Assia comprise the Hotel Committee. Recently, Air Wisconsin’s Strategic Sourcing and Procurement Department has started a beat-down of our Hotel Committee by offering austere and shabby quality hotels for committee inspections. Furthermore, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement disparages the input of the committee when they deem a property neither adequate nor comfortable. Ken and Laura’s volunteerism is central to ensuring our quality of life when we’re away from home, and without their oversight and continuous efforts to evaluate properties and advocate on your behalf, hotel quality will slip. However, the committee cannot do it alone, and they need your hotel reports. Unfortunately, it has come to the attention of the MEC that in the case of the ROC hotel with the rodent infestation, multiple crew members had sighted rodents over the months prior to the hotel change, but did not fill out a hotel complaint form so that the committee could be made aware of all occurrences.

 

On Wednesday, March 4, Legislative Affairs Chairman Jeffrey Woodham, Legislative Affairs Member Tim Simmons, and Council 49 Chairman and Captain Representative Matt Chadwick joined other ALPA volunteers and AFL-CIO unions to mobilize for fair trade policies as part of the AFL-CIO's campaign to oppose legislation that would give the president Trade Promotion Authority, or "Fast Track." Fast Track gives the president the authority to negotiate international trade agreements with no opportunity for amendment by Congress.

 

Why is this important to pilots? The European Union (EU) wants to get rid of our cabotage and foreign ownership rules and sees our broader trade agreement as a means to do it. The pending trade agreement between the United States and EU is called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Air traffic rights have historically been negotiated under separate, aviation-specific bilateral trade agreements, known as air transport or "open skies" agreements. The EU is seeking to include air traffic rights in the TTIP in an attempt to increase its negotiating muscle. As part of a larger trade deal, air traffic rights—and the U.S. aviation system as we know it—will be trade fodder for wholly unrelated interests (e.g., insurance, financial services, pharmaceuticals). Furthermore, any aviation provisions contained in a Fast Track trade agreement would not be open to amendment by Congress, essentially ceding any opportunity to improve or protect our jobs from being traded away. It is important that Congress hear directly from pilots about why bad trade deals threaten our jobs, our industry, and their constituents!

 

Professional Standards Chairman B.G. Garner departed for Delta Air Lines this last month. BG brought credibility, confidence, empathy, and success to our Professional Standards Committee. B.G. had a 100 percent success rate in closing Professional Standards cases amicably and positively. B.G.’s specialty was dealing with challenging and multifaceted cases that were given to him by Air Wisconsin Management. BG was never one to shy away from a demanding case, and always put in the time and effort to help a fellow pilot find his or her way and to promote the airline piloting profession. The MEC thanks B.G. for his service, dedication, and legacy.

 

Membership Committee Chairman Matt Dugan reminds all pilots to keep the Membership Committee up to date on any changes in cellphone, email, or home address.  You can update by emailing Matt directly at matt.dugan@alpa.org or ALPA National at membership@alpa.org.  As always, please help Matt and Committee in greeting our new brothers and sisters by extending your hand and welcoming them to the Air Wisconsin/ALPA family.

 

Scheduling Committee Chairman Tyson Howard reminds 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 scheduling-related issues to your Scheduling Committee and file an issue form if there is a contractual violation. If you need a badge backer or Part 117 Reference Card, please contact Membership Committee Chairman Matt Dugan at 920-277-2177 or ARWMembership@alpa.org.

 

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.

 

March 2015 Resignations

By ARW Membership Committee

 

Employee #

Name

 

Date

13675

Jody

Miller

3/7/2015

16861

Benjamin

Garner

3/13/2015

16901

Joshua

Tarkington

3/18/2015

16915

Hillman

McAllister Jr

3/22/2015

22553

Christopher

Likins

3/7/2015

23789

Jermaine

Williams

3/7/2015

23793

Jennifer

Likins (Schriber)

3/7/2015

23816

Edwin

D'aleccio

3/14/2015

25835

Richard

Hancock

3/25/2015

25850

Emmanuel

Orona Cruz

3/8/2015

25944

Kevin

Superville

3/10/2015

25951

Jennifer

Bruce

3/18/2015

25965

Ryan

Gavina

3/13/2015

26064

Hilton

Chacon

3/2/2015

26073

David

Plum

3/9/2015

26205

Watios

Boyd Jr.

3/24/2015

26293

Charles

Marzot

3/19/2015

 

Upcoming Dates

 

2015 Dates

April 25

CIC Event: Pig & Oyster Bash, VA Beach

May 9

CIC Event: Step Up for the Up Center, VA Beach

May 13-14

Executive Board Meeting

June 12-20

MEC Regular Meeting

July 20-13

Air Safety Forum, Washington DC

October 9-17

MEC Regular Meeting

October 21-22

Executive Board Meeting