June 1, 2015 ARW Pay Day Hotline

                                                                                              

Air Wisconsin 50th Anniversary Picnic, ATW

 

Fellow Air Wisconsin Pilots,

 

The MEC invites you to Appleton, WI, on June 18th to join them and your fellow pilots and their families at a picnic being co-hosted by ARW ALPA and Air Wisconsin.  We have jointly hosted the picnic in years past, but this year is special as it celebrates the Company’s 50th Anniversary of air service.  Since 2015 is our airline’s golden anniversary, we want to celebrate and embrace Air Wisconsin’s great heritage.   Think of it as a “Golden Opportunity” for you and your family members to join the Air Wisconsin family celebrating with food, games and comradery. You don’t even need a Golden Ticket -- all you have to do is show up. Food, drinks, fun and a special appearance from St. Vince himself are all free.

 

This year’s special celebration is the perfect opportunity to reconnect and interact with your fellow crew members and finally be able to put a face to many company names we have grown to know so well.  Company executives are planning to attend, as well as the MEC, MEC officers and members of the negotiating team, and you’ll have the opportunity to speak with them all.

   

The MEC is aware that traveling in and out of Appleton has its challenges.  Because of those challenges the ARW MEC would like to provide an option to give everyone a realistic and cost-effective opportunity to attend.  The option will be provided transportation from ORD to Appleton and back for anyone wanting to make the drive from ORD.  We are also planning a stop in MKE on our way to Appleton to pick up anyone who lives in the MKE area or anyone who would like to fly in for the day of festivities. Transportation details are still being finalized and will depend on the number of RSVPs.  So, if you are interested in this travel option, I urge to please email Council 49 Secretary Treasurer Ben Keider at Ben.Keider@alpa.org as soon as possible with your plans to attend.  Any additional questions regarding the picnic please direct those to the same email address or ARWMECOfficers@alpa.org.

  

Collectively we, and the employees who came before us, have been the backbone of an organization that has been providing outstanding service for 50 years.   As we work together to move our airline into its sixth decade, let’s proudly join together as Air Wisconsin pilots and celebrate this historic moment.

 

We look forward to celebrating with you!  Remember, YOU are ALPA and together WE are Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation. 

 

Fraternally,

 

ARW MEC

 

FFD Pilot Hiring Webinars

By Captain Paul Ryder, National Resource Coordinator

 

On June 22-24, the United MEC will be hosting several Fee-for-Departure (FFD) Pilot Hiring Webinars. The webinars will be presented by subject matter experts (SMEs) who will discuss the interview process, tips for success and common mistakes pilots make when applying to major airlines. The SMEs will also describe the first year line experience at a large jet carrier. Although the webinars will be streamed online, there will be an interactive portion where pilots can ask questions. Slots for each webinar, listed below, are limited.

 

June 22 – 1pm and 7pm

June 23 – 9am and 1pm

June 24 – 9am

 

To register for a webinar or for more information, visit the ALPA FFD Committee website. Registration is open from today until June 12th at 1600 ET. Please note that, prior to registering for a webinar or any other ALPA-sponsored pilot hiring event, you must complete a short pilot career progression profile. Even if you don’t plan on participating in the webinars, now is a good time to fill out the profile. By providing information about your qualifications and your interests, the ALPA Fee-for-Departure Committee can identify needs and focus resources to best serve our pilots in their search for employment. Click here to complete your profile now.

 

Fee-for-Departure Committee Website

 

The FFDC’s goal is to identify and develop strategies to counter threats and capture opportunities in the piloting profession, including enhancing job security and fostering career progression. The FFDC recently unveiled a new website that contains a wealth of information, including detailed hiring stats for large jet carriers, career progression information, interview walk-throughs and hiring event details.

 

For more information about the FFDC, including information on upcoming FFD pilot hiring events, visit ffd.alpa.org.

 

ORF Community Involvement Event

By Robbie Fogelsanger, CIC Chairman

 

On Saturday, June 6, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is holding its 27th annual Clean the Bay Day. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at various sites around Hampton Roads. 

 

Clean the Bay Day is CBF’s annual stream and shoreline cleanup, during which volunteers come out to remove litter and debris from Virginia creeks, streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. The event draws thousands of people from the community to clean up the shoreline. 

 

CIC has registered Air Wisconsin ALPA as a group to participate in Clean the Bay Day. Information on the specific location will be coming soon. We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to come out and help preserve the great natural resource we are surrounded by in our community. 

 

Remember all pilots, flight attendants, family, and friends are invited to participate. Please spread the word!

 

If you are interested please contact Robbie Fogelsanger by email at Rob.Fogelsanger@alpa.org or by phone (480) 250-6190

 

ARW ALPA Directory

By ARW MEC

 

Attached to each Pay Day Hotline is an updated ARW Directory that provides contact information for everyone in our volunteer structure. Please print and carry with you or download to your phone so that this information is available to you or your fellow crew member when needed.

 

Gate Report Time in Canada

By ARW Scheduling Committee

 

Recently, Flight Management has reported to ALPA that some crews have been arriving at the gate less than 45 minutes prior to departure (FOM page 3-8) in Canada.  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.

 

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.

 

ARW Pilots Back the PAC

By ARW MEC

 

The continued support of the PAC and ALPA's legislative work is key to the continued strength of our Union and the protection of the airline piloting profession. The ARW MEC Legislative Affairs Committee and the ARW MEC combined at large to produce ALPA-PAC's best year ever, and culminated the best year ever for the Air Wisconsin pilot group. ARW ranked 3rd overall in PAC participation, behind only Mesa and Delta.  Council 49 and 50, along with the MEC, were inducted into the Key Men Society.

 

ARW pilots finished 2014 at 26.3% participation, but in order to maintain our record contributions we need to work harder than any other ALPA carrier, reinvent the wheel every year, and encourage our pilots to donate regular, yearly, and/or monthly to the PAC. It is the hope of your union that you will continue the commitment to the PAC and ensure ARW reaches and exceeds our 2015 levels!


ALPA-PAC is funded 100 percent by voluntary contributions from U.S. ALPA members. No dues money is used for political contributions. Every year, thousands of ALPA members demonstrate their commitment to the PAC and its goals through their contributions. Some give annually by personal check or credit card. 

The following ARW pilots “Backed the PAC” in April 2015 —for their future, for your future, and for the future of airline pilots. These pilots understand that the future of this industry and our careers will be won or lost on Capitol Hill. For more information, visit www.alpa.org/ALPAPAC.

 

         Jared Armstrong                      Paul Badaracco

         Travis Edminster                      Ryan Ellenson

         Miller Hudson                          Matt Johnson

         John Liberi                              Paul Marks

         Nathaniel Osborn                     Michael Perrizo

         Jawad Sultan                           Kurt Shipman

         Blake Terry                             Jeffrey Wirth

         Daniel Fluke                            Matthew Langer

         Gregory Killeen                        Rodney North

         Andrew Marsden                       Brian Shaw

         Kenneth Reinert                       Christopher Suhs

         Philip Siess                             Christopher Dyrstad

         Jeffrey Woodham                     Todd Gralak

 

Retirement and Insurance Committee Member Election

By ARW MEC

 

Consistent with MEC policy established in October 2008, all committee chair openings, MEC Officer, Negotiating, and Retirement and Insurance (R&I) member positions will be advertised to the Air Wisconsin pilot group.

 

The ARW MEC will be electing or re-electing one member to the Retirement and Insurance Committee during the month of June 2015. As a brief overview of the committee’s structure, the R&I Committee chairman has a one-year term beginning every Aug. 1. Other members of this committee have three-year, overlapping terms that begin Aug. 1, with a different member up for election each year. The current R&I Committee roster includes:

 

·       Sean Foley, with a term ending July 29, 2015

·       Rich Clarke, with a term ending July 29, 2016

·       J. Jackson, with a term ending July 29, 2017

 

Per the ARW MEC Policy Manual, the scope of the R&I Committee is to consider, recommend, monitor, and study tax-exempt fringe benefits available to ARW pilots. Furthermore, the duties and responsibilities of the R&I Committee include:

 

·       Monitor Company compliance with the contract.

·       Educate pilots on R&I matters.

·       Confer with outside consultants and ALPA National R&I specialists when necessary.

·       Assist the Negotiating Committee.

·       Ensure compliance with ERISA and other similar regulations.

·       Monitor manager performance, fee structures, etc.

 

Interested pilots should submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via arwmec@alpa.org by the close of business on June 12th, 2014. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position, their background, and whether they are interested in other ALPA volunteer positions in the event that they are not elected to this position. Applicants should also call the six voting members of the MEC (i.e. Matthew Chadwick, William DeShazer, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher) to discuss the position, secure a nomination, and garner majority support. An election for the R&I Committee member will be held during the MEC Meeting the week of June 15th, and after the MEC has reviewed all candidates.

 

Scheduling Committee Chairman Needed

By ARW MEC

 

Consistent with MEC policy established in October 2008, all committee chair openings, Negotiating, and Retirement and Insurance (R&I) member positions will be advertised to the Air Wisconsin pilot group. The term of office for this position is concurrent with the term of office of the MEC chairman, which ends Aug. 24, 2016.

 

Scope and Directives of the Scheduling Committee Chairman

 

      i.         The chairman and the respective regular committee members shall meet as needed with AWAC Crew Planning personnel and discuss any problems or procedures pertinent to the scheduling of ARW pilots, to arrive at potential areas of agreement.

 

    ii.         Present the MEC with information resulting from such discussions.

 

   iii.         Make formal recommendations to AWAC Crew Planning after the MEC has had the opportunity to establish policy or procedures regarding such problems.

 

   iv.         Prepare a detailed report covering the anticipated manpower impact of future tentative Agreements, and distribute them to the MEC prior to the ratification meeting.

 

    v.         The Scheduling Committee will obtain from the company and issue a list of the daily incidents of "Junior Manning" and make this information available to the MEC on a regular monthly basis.

 

   vi.         Obtain from the company and report on a monthly basis the current and running total vacation days relinquished by the pilots for personal trip drops.

 

 vii.         Meet with the representatives of the LSC to discuss any problems at the local domiciles.

 

viii.         The local representatives will have the responsibility of reviewing the schedules monthly before the lines of flying go to the domiciles, and also dealing with schedule problems of a local nature.

 

Interested pilots should submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via arwmec@alpa.org by the close of business on June 12, 2015. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position, their background, and whether or not they are interested in volunteering as a Scheduling Committee member if they are not selected to the position of Chairman. Applicants should also call the six voting members of the current MEC (Matthew Chadwick, Will DeShazer, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher). The position of Scheduling Committee Chairman will subsequently be filled during a Special MEC Meeting.

 

MEC Secretary-Treasurer Election

By ARW MEC

 

Consistent with MEC policy established in October 2008, all committee chair openings, MEC Officer, Negotiating, and Retirement and Insurance (R&I) member positions will be advertised to the Air Wisconsin pilot group. The term of office for the MEC Secretary-Treasurer position is concurrent with the term of office of the MEC chairman, which ends Aug. 24, 2016.

 

Duties and Responsibilities of the MEC Secretary-Treasurer include:

 

·       In the event of simultaneous vacancy in the offices of the chairman and vice chairman, become acting chairman and shall call a special meeting of the MEC within ten (10) days for election of officers. The secretary-treasurer will preside at such meeting until the election of a chairman.

 

·       Be charged with keeping the operating, meeting, and financial records of the MEC under the jurisdiction of the MEC Chairman.

 

·       Work with each MEC committee chairman to develop and properly utilize an efficient yearly budget.

 

·       Perform organizational or representational duties as may be delegated by the MEC Chairman.

 

Election Procedures for a MEC Officers include:

 

·       Each member of the MEC has the privilege of nominating one (1) candidate for each office to be filled. It is the responsibility of that member to ensure his nominee’s willingness to serve.

 

·       Additionally, any member in good standing may have his or her name placed in nomination by notification to the MEC Chairman prior to the close of nominations.

 

·       Prior to nominations for MEC Officer(s), each candidate shall be allowed a five (5) minute period to make whatever presentation he or she desires. Following such presentation, there will be a ten (10) minute period for questions and answers. Should more than one candidate for an office wish to appear before the MEC the order of appearance shall be determined by drawing straws.

 

·       The MEC member making the nomination shall be allowed to make a nominating speech not to exceed three (3) minutes. There shall be no nominating speeches for standing committee positions.

 

·       Each candidate shall be allowed one (1) seconding speech by a member of the MEC not to exceed two (2) minutes.

 

·       After each member of the MEC has had an opportunity to place a name in nomination for a particular office, the MEC Chairman shall declare that nominations for that office are closed.

 

·       Nominations for the office of MEC Chairman shall take place first, followed by the election of the MEC Chairman, followed by nominations for Vice Chairman, followed by the election of the MEC Vice Chairman, and lastly, nominations for Secretary- Treasurer, followed by the election of the MEC Secretary-Treasurer.

 

·       Flight Pay Loss will not be approved to appear before the MEC, however a hotel and expenses will be covered.

 

Interested pilots can submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via arwmec@alpa.org by the close of business on June 12, 2015. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position and their applicable background. Applicants should also call the six voting members of the current MEC (Matthew Chadwick, Will DeShazer, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher) to secure a nomination and garner majority support. An election for the MEC Secretary / Treasurer will be held via secret ballot during the MEC Meeting the week of June 15, and after the MEC has reviewed all candidates.

 

Upcoming Dates

2015 Dates

 

 

June 6

CIC Event: Save the Bay Day, ORF

 

June 15-17

MEC Regular Meeting, MSP

 

June 19

ARW 50th Anniversary Picnic, ATW

 

July 20-13

Air Safety Forum, Washington DC

 

Oct. 16-24

MEC Regular Meeting

 

October 21-22

ALPA Executive Board Meeting