July 15, 2015 ARW Pay Day Hotline

                                                                                              

Coffee and Conversation July 17 (DCA)

By ARW MEC

 

On Friday, July 17, Negotiating Committee Chairman Mark Lockwood and Legislative Affairs Chairman Jeffrey Woodham, will be at Starbucks outside Gate 35 for coffee and conversation. Please stop by to meet Mark and Jeffrey and discuss with them what’s on your mind.  Both Chairmen will be providing details of the work they are performing on your behalf on daily basis.  There will also be a special guest from the ALPA National Office joining your ARW volunteers for the day of coffee and conversation.  We look forward to seeing you and introducing the special guest. 

 

 

FAPA.aero Membership

By ARW MEC

 

Late last year the ARW MEC partnered with FAPA.aero to offer all ARW pilots on property and future new-hire pilots a FREE 2-year FAPA.aero Basic Membership to provide job-hunting and career decision assistance. The MEC would like to remind all ARW pilots you are still eligible for the free membership. Take advantage of this ALPA sponsored benefit to start planning for your future.

 

Go to http://www.FAPA.aero/ARW to register for FREE FAPA.aero membership. You will need to use a credit card to complete the registration, but the card WILL NOT be charged.  

 

Benefits of FAPA.aero membership include:

 

·       Discount on all FAPA.aero Job Fair registration fees as well as priority registration

 

·       Member only pricing on FAPA.aero Premier Membership featuring pilot interview preparation

 

·       Unlimited access to our Members' Content area with pilot job market information

 

 

P4P Launches “Give Me $5” Campaign

 

As a charity supported solely from donations, the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund, or Pilots for Pilots (P4P), is constantly seeking contributions to ensure that we have the resources necessary to meet member needs. This year, P4P is planning a fundraising campaign, Give Me Five, asking all ALPA pilots to contribute at least $5. If successful, we could bolster our coffers by more than $250,000.

 

Give Me Five will run from June 1 to August 31 and you’ll see coverage in Air Line Pilot magazine as well as other ALPA communications. For about the cost of a large cup of specialty coffee, you can help P4P meet the immediate needs of pilot families affected by hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, earthquakes, and other cataclysmic events. At the end of the summer, we will tally the totals.

 

To learn more about P4P please go to the ALPA P4P website and donate today. Remember that we’re all just a disaster away from needing P4P.

 

 

Professional Standards Committee Needs Chairman

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 MEC is soliciting interested pilots for the Professional Standards Committee chairman position. The term of office for this position is concurrent with the term of office of the MEC chairman, which ends Aug. 24, 2016.  The scope of this position as defined in the ARW MEC Policy Manual states:

 

(1) To provide procedures and assistance to Local Executive Councils in solving problems within the pilot group as they relate to professional standards.

(2) To handle problems of a professional and ethical nature between the pilots. To provide the membership with the opportunity to address their cockpit-related problems to an interested peer group in a confidential manner while the rights of all the members involved are protected.

(3) Committee members shall be indemnified in any litigation resulting from the performance of their duties.

 

The ARW MEC Policy Manual further states the duties and responsibilities:

 

(1) Any matters handled by the Professional Standards Committee shall be kept strictly confidential; no parts to be revealed to anyone except those immediately involved.

(2) The committee and LECs/MECs must never jeopardize a member’s rights in any subsequent grievance proceedings.

(3) The Professional Standards Committee shall establish programs to educate the line membership of the activities and responsibilities of the committee, including “The Pilot Code of Ethics and Canons.”

 

The committee chairman oversees the staffing, coordination, training, organization, and delegation of tasks for the Professional Standards Committee. He/She is required to give monthly committee reports to the MEC (no confidential information is revealed to the MEC in these reports). The committee chairman can use The Wiss-key, Pay Day Hotline (PDH), and other ALPA communication tools to accomplish those duties and responsibilities.

 

Interested pilots should submit their intent to run for the position to the MEC via arwmec@alpa.org by the close of business on July 31, 2015. Applicants should include why they are interested in the position, their background, and whether or not they are interested in volunteering as a Professional Standards member if they are not selected to this position. Applicants should also call the members of the MEC (Matthew Chadwick, Will DeShazer, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Colin Gallagher) to discuss the position. An election for the Professional Standards chairman will be held during a special MEC conference call in July 2015, after the MEC has reviewed all candidates.

 

 

Spaces Still Available for Herndon Interview Workshop, More on the Calendar

By National Fee for Departure Committee

 

There are still spaces available for the Fee-for-Departure (FFD) interview workshop in Herndon, VA this Thursday, July 16. New events have been scheduled for Orlando, FL., on August 20 and 21; registration for Orlando opens July 31. Whether you’re just getting ready to interview or need to freshen up your approach, this one-day workshop is the perfect way to get a leg up on the competition and learn tips for interviewing with the mainline carriers.

 

Cage Marshall Consulting will be on hand for each full-day workshop to help you prepare to make the best impression and showcase yourself as the candidate the airlines’ HR professionals and hiring managers are seeking. The experts from Cage Marshall will discuss your preparation work—what you need and how to pull the right candidate package together. They'll help you navigate through the networking necessary to land an interview and take you through the interview process in detail, from interview prep to the questions you can expect and the testing process. The workshop wraps up with a mock interview to leave you feeling confident and prepared. Learn how to tell your story in a way that will leave them wanting more!

 

Remember to fill out your career-progression profile before you register for the workshop of your choice. Visit ffd.alpa.org to learn more about other ways the FFD Committee can help ALPA pilots in their career progression.

 

 

Second Annual Jonathan D. McAbee Memorial Golf Tournament Sept. 10 in VA Beach

By Reed Donoghue, ARW Council 50 Vice-Chairman

 

The officers of Council 50 would like to invite you to join fellow friends and coworkers at the Jonathan D. McAbee Memorial Golf Tournament. The tournament will be held at the Honey Bee Golf Club in Virginia Beach, VA on September 10th at 12:30 PM. This will be the second year the tournament has taken place and all proceeds will go to the Jonathan McAbee Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund raises money for students interested in pursuing a career as an Airline Pilot.

 

Last year the tournament raised over $1,300. It is our hope that we can make this year’s tournament even more successful. While we encourage everyone to participate as a player regardless of their skill level, (trust us, Captain Chris Suhs is not a great golfer!) last year non-playing volunteers at the tournament helped to raise a significant portion of money for this great cause. So whether you’re an all-star on the 18th hole or the 19th hole, please mark your calendar and come join us on September 10.

 

Look for additional information regarding tournament format and price to come out before September bidding takes place. For those interested in participating or volunteering, please email lec50@alpa.org and write ‘McAbee Memorial Golf’ in the subject line.

 

 

Committee Activity for June 2015

By Graham Hoff-Downing, MEC Secretary-Treasurer

 

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.

 

Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback reports nine pilots out on Short-Term Disability (STD). The STD bank is approximately $40,000 and will be turned on for a few months per the CBA §27.G.10.a. It has been a very busy month fielding numerous phone calls from pilots and the MEC; please give Jack a call if you have Aeromedical, Short-Term Disability, or FMLA questions or issues.

 

Negotiating Chairman Mark Lockwood reports that June was a frenetic month for the Committee. The Negotiating Committee held five days of mediated negotiations in Chicago, IL during the week of June 22. Committee members Bob Burgess and Graham Hoff-Downing, as well as Master Chairman and ex-officio member of the committee Chris Suhs, assisted Mark in getting very close to achieving a TA. The entire committee was in ATW The week prior to negotiations, where Mark gave a negotiations update to the MEC at the MEC meeting. The Negotiating Committee was also in ATW to support the ALPA-sponsored Air Wisconsin 50th anniversary picnic.

 

June was a busy month for the Scheduling Committee. Andrew Laskey was elected as the new Chairman and we welcomed in Abdullah Bawagad as our new LGA representative. Some of the month’s issues the committee faced were improper pairings, junior-manning questions, drop requests (which are always at the discretion of crew services), 30 hours of rest in 168 consecutive hours even when performing non-FDP duties for the company, and general contract and 117 questions. Several inquiries were taken at regular intervals, making it a busy month.

 

One of the largest issues we faced was when the LGA domicile did not receive CA bid packets for July until just before the bids were closed. The company fixed the issue thanks to help from Thorne Saylor and others, and extended the bid period for four hours to allow all CAs to submit a bid. Another issue that we'll see completely fixed by August is the recent trend of tight turn times following YQB turns. Turns were being scheduled for just 35 minutes, making it difficult to clear customs and swap to aircraft in terminal F without a potential delay. August schedules will reflect more feasible turn times.

 

June was a quiet month for Chairman Daniel Lehenbauer and the Central Air Safety Committee. As indicated below, the Fatigue Risk Management Committee is currently studying the results of the survey that was polled of the pilot group. The FOQA committee is about ready to start crew contacts. When that happens, we will educate the pilot group on all of the details.

 

Your ALPA CASC is available to you at any time. Our contact information is provided in the ARW ALPA directory and is always attached to the Pay Day Hotline.

 

Chairman Josh Schmitt and the rest of the Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) Committee have been working on further analysis and response to the Fatigue Survey. Coupled with the survey was an ASAP database inquiry. This inquiry generated a report that will be considered in response to fatigue mitigation at Air Wisconsin. The FRMC continues to review Fatigue Reports as a part of the FRMT.

 

Last month, the FMT met in ATW to be trained in the use of the new ACARS Database and also to have remote desktop access installed onto their computers. Initial impression of the database is positive. Gatekeepers will be allowed to access and monitor data without having to go through any company personnel.

 

For the first three months of operation, the new database will run parallel to Mark Raymond’s database with comparisons run to verify that the new system is capturing the same events as his.

 

On behalf of the FOQA Committee, Chairman Ron Stocki briefed the MEC at its meeting in MSP on where we sit with crew contacts and the future of the FOQA program. There are on-going communications with MEC leadership and ALPA legal to determine the best course of action moving forward.

 

The Grievance Committee had a busy month of June and they had eight issues submitted during that timeframe.  Two were sent to the Company via the SharePoint site, four had no merit, and two are ongoing issues that are still pending. None of the aforementioned issues have been resolved to date. In addition to the issues and grievances, the June MEC meeting took place and Chairman Ken Nesbitt traveled to MSP to contribute. Once the meeting adjourned, Ken also traveled with the MEC to ATW to participate in the ALPA sponsored 50th anniversary cookout for the ATW employees. 

 

Grievance Committee Member Dave Anderson is in charge of the issue form branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Dave regarding your issue form, please make his 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.

 

Chairman Charlie Mader of the Training and Testing Committee had new hire orientation lunches with indoc and systems classes. In addition, Charlie reports a flurry of behind-the-scenes work with the company on various testing-related issues.

 

ARW Hotel Chairman Kenneth Honneffer and the rest of the Hotel Committee want to remind crews to take the time to submit their hotel reports whenever they have something notable (positive or negative) occur on an overnight.  This is best done through the CSS site, as those reports go directly to AWAC and can be dealt with accordingly; however, the ALPA hotel form goes to the committee members and we can follow up that way as well.  Also, PLEASE take cabs when you reach 30 minutes past block in.  It is unfortunate that crews are forfeiting valuable rest time standing and waiting at the curb because the hotel says they are “on the way” or “close.”  It is not your obligation to wait even if the van is a few minutes away.  Get the cab and get your rest.

 

Outgoing Professional Standards Chairman Paul Badaracco, spent some time training new committee member Brian Beyer over the phone last month and gave him a quick introduction to the duties he will perform. Paul is leaving ARW on July 18; we wish him well and thank him for his service on this important committee.

 

Jumpseat Committee Chairman Nick Chichester attended the jumpseat conference in Dallas, sponsored by the Southwest Airlines Pilot Association.  

 

Throughout the month, the committee answered several questions about correct listing procedures on different airlines. The committee handled several complaints about AA gate agents in ORD, CLT, and SAT. Please keep these complaints coming, as this is the committee's only way to provide evidence that gate agents are operating outside of their standard operating procedures.

 

Moreover, the committee received word that the US Airways system of blue tag gate checked bags is going away. Please send the committee any reports of occurrences where you had to go to baggage claim and how this impacted your commute. As far as the committee is aware, the listing procedure for jumpseating on AA has not been changed or will change come the fall.  

 

The committee would like to remind the pilot group that the AWAC employee travel people have nothing to do with jumpseating or jumpseat procedures and issues. They only deal with non-revenue travel, which is separate from jumpseating.  If you have questions about jumpseating please visit jumpseatinfo.org or contact someone on the Jumpseat Committee.

 

In June, the Retirement and Insurance Committee didn't meet, but stayed moderately busy. Chairman Rich Clarke briefed the MEC as to the committee's activities thus far this year.  Look out for an update on some changes coming to the 401(k) lineup in the near future.

 

The committee is also in the midst of planning its next quarterly meeting with T. Rowe Price when they will meet at T. Rowe's offices in Owing's Mills, MD, just northwest of Baltimore.  

 

Be on the lookout for an R & I article for the Wiss-key magazine, to be published later this year.

 

The Community Involvement Committee held two separate events in June. Norfolk volunteered on June 6, with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's “Clean the Bay Day.” La Guardia had their first event and they volunteered with Habitat for Humanity at the Clinton Community Center in NYC. Norfolk's next event is scheduled for July 21st with the Samaritan House of Virginia Beach. Chairman Robbie Fogelsanger would like to than to everyone who came out to support these organizations.

 

In early June, Legislative Affairs Chairman Jeffrey Woodham and Council 49 Chairman and CA Rep Matt Chadwick attended ALPA's 3rd Annual Legislative Affairs Summit in Washington DC.  This was a two-day event with briefings from various sources. On day one, we were briefed on ALPA's advocacy efforts, presentations from government affairs, speeches from lawmakers, and a panel discussion with industry leaders. Day two we attended morning briefings and heard from more lawmakers. From there, we spent the afternoon on Capitol Hill meeting with legislators and their staff advocating for pilot partisan issues. Issues of concern at this year's summit were the ongoing threats caused by the Middle Eastern carriers' competitive advantages, secondary barriers, HR 2050 which addresses the excise tax on employer sponsored health benefits, and the upcoming FAA re-authorization.

 

Jeff also discussed the PAC with several pilots and worked towards this year's PAC drive.

 

Pilot Assistance Committee Chairman Aaron Fry visited Cornerstone of Recovery, the treatment center that AWAC pilots attend in Knoxville, TN as a part of the HIMS program.  He met with nurses, doctors and physiologists that have worked directly with Air Wisconsin pilots and he was impressed with the level of care that they provide. The ARW Pilot Assistance Committee has a 3-year relationship with Cornerstone and looks forward to maintaining the relationship into the future.

 

 

June 2015 Resignations

By ARW Membership Committee

 

Marzena Sarek-Bluszcz               6/4/2015

Scott Blighton                            6/13/2015

Toray Bailey                              6/2/2015

Benjamin Keider                         6/27/2015

Lauren Clark                              6/13/2015

Matthew Farmer                         6/12/2015

Thomas Klotz                            6/30/2015

Yitshak Mizarhi                          6/26/2015

Delmino Borba                           6/4/2015

Shlomo Zelkine                          6/8/2015

Brian Gales                                6/2/2015

Philip Bagian                             6/13/2015

Edward Dorrance                         6/3/2015

Scott Lange                               6/5/2015

Christian Totten                         6/11/2015

Matthew Harmon                        6/13/2015

Charles Simpson                        6/8/2015

 

 

Upcoming Dates

2015 Dates

 

 

July 16

ALPA FFD interview Workshop, Herndon, VA

 

July 17

Coffee & Conversation, DCA

 

July 20-23

Air Safety Forum, Washington DC

 

September 10

McAbee Memorial Golf Tournament, VA Beach

 

October 9-17

MEC Regular Meeting, Chicago

 

October 21-22

Executive Board Meeting