October 1, 2015 ARW Pay Day Hotline


Get and Stay Informed About the Facts of the TA

By ARW MEC and Negotiating Committee


Pilot voting on the Tentative Agreement is open and will conclude this Wednesday, October 7. Ratification voting is being conducted via the internet or telephone. Only ARW members who are classified as active and in good standing as of September 17 are eligible to participate in the ratification process.


The Full-Language TA document is available and can be downloaded here (1.4MB PDF file). There is also an index to selected topics that can be downloaded here (114KB PDF).


Also available on ARWContract.org is a series of videos with Negotiating Chairman Mark Lockwood, which will explain in greater detail many of the changes in the TA.



Captain Chris Suhs Elected ALPA Executive Vice President



Captain Chris Suhs has been elected the Executive Vice President (EVP) for ALPA Subgroup B2 and will complete the term of office which ends on December 31, 2016 – Group B2 represents ASA, ATI, PSA, TSA, XJT, and ARW. What does the Executive Council and an EVP do? The Executive Council furthers the objectives and policies of the Board of Directors (BOD) and the Executive Board and is responsible to the Association at large. The Executive Council is the fiduciary arm of the Association that handles the $145 million budget; they build budgets with the ALPA staff, ensuring that the money is put into correct places, that there is a proper and fair spread, and that money is available when those within the group need resources. In addition, they define policy by interpreting the ALPA Constitution and By-Laws and the ALPA Administrative Manual. The executive vice president serves as a direct liaison between the group MECs and the rest of the Executive Council—to serve as an advocate for each airline within the group—and, furthermore, the EVP is the eyes, ears, and voice of the group’s MECs, to advance their goals, bring forward resolutions on their behalf, and get them the funding and resources they need.


Chris was hired at Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation in September 1999 as a ramp agent based in Aspen, CO, and transferred to the pilot seniority list in July of 2005.  He upgraded to CL-65 Captain in March 2008, was downgraded in September 2008 due to cutbacks in flying of US Airways, but upgraded again in June 2009. Chris began as an ALPA volunteer in 2008, serving from March 2008 through February 2011 as the Council 50 (ORF, LGA) Vice Chairman and First Officer Representative, and subsequently as the Council 50 Chairman and Captain Representative from March 2011 through February 2014.  At the May 2014 ARW MEC meeting, he was unanimously elected to serve as the ARW MEC Chairman, currently serving a two-year term that began August 2014.


In August 2012, the Executive Council confirmed Chris to serve as one of three regular members of the ALPA Hearing Board.  This three-member board analyzes some of the most problematic cases for ALPA's Membership Department and considers challenges facing the Association from within.  Chris completed his first term with the Hearing Board in December 2013, beginning a new three-year term in January 2014 after being confirmed by the Executive Council in October of 2013.  In addition, following the 2014 Board of Directors meeting, President Canoll selected Chris to serve on the Major Contingency Fund Review Committee, examining the expenditures and funding of the MCF. 


The Executive Council is one of the most unique groups within ALPA.  Decisions are made via consensus, or further research is conducted until an amenable solution can be found.  This is unlike any other group within ALPA, as the use of the roll call system to establish majority support to push business forward is rarely if ever utilized.  Said another way, each EVP has an equal voice; there is no little guy on the council.  Much of the business of the Executive Council is done outside of formal meetings, and continual study and preparation are key to group representational efforts as well as the efficient and rational handling of Association business.  The ARW MEC thanks Chris for his service to the pilots of ALPA, and know that he has the personal credibility, relationship-building skills, experience, personal disposition, and skill set to be an outstanding EVP.



Pay Rates Effective October 1, 2015


Pay rates increase by 1.5% across the board effective October 1 and are shown in the table below.



          Year           CA             FO

             1       $65.15    $27.64

             2       $67.72    $40.63

             3       $70.81    $42.48

             4       $72.93    $43.76

             5       $75.14    $45.09

             6       $77.40    $46.45

             7       $79.68    $47.82

             8       $82.05    $49.24

             9       $84.59       --

            10       $87.25       --

            11       $89.85       --

            12       $92.79       --

            13       $95.42       --

            14       $98.37       --

            15     $100.80       --

            16     $103.14       --

            17     $105.39       --

            18     $107.67       --



FAQs about AA Travel Benefits

By ZW Staff Travel


Are the ZED fares AA offers going to be extended to AWAC pilots?


AA has informed us that they will be extending their ZED agreements to us.  We are still working out the final details.


With the reduction in travel benefits will there be any refund to our annual travel benefits cost?


While the new AA travel program is different from that under US Airways, the AA program is beneficial to employees and does allow many more flight options that includes all the American Airlines flights.  There will be no refund as employees pay a non-refundable travel enrollment fee when they choose to sign up for the travel privileges.  During the next travel open enrollment period at the beginning of 2016, all employees will have an option to participate or not participate in the travel program. (Already answered Co. FAQ)


Will registered guests and parents have access to flight benefits after October 17th?  


Yes-Registered companions and parents will have access to benefits after October 17th through the MyIDTravel link.



Scheduling Committee Chairman Needed



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 October 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 Jared Alexa). The position of Scheduling Committee Chairman will subsequently be filled at the October MEC Meeting in ORD.



Wiss-Key Wins National Labor Media Award

By ARW Communications


As was announced in the Summer 2015 issue of the Wiss-key, the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) announced their 2015 Labor Media Award winners. ALPA took eight awards, including four First Place awards. The Wiss-key earned “First Place: General Excellence – Print and Internet / Print / International & National Unions” and is attributed to the Air Wisconsin Pilots and ALPA staff. The award means that the Wiss-key was judged to be the best small union newsletter in the United States.


Garnering this high honor is testament to the effort that everyone has put into the Wiss-key, past and present – to every ARW pilot who has contributed content, those who served on the Communications Committee since Volume 1, Number 1 was released in 2008, and everyone on ALPA’s staff who have had a hand in turning a bunch of Word documents and images into what we hold in our hands today.


The ILCA held their 60th Anniversary Convention in Raleigh, NC last week, ending with an awards dinner and ceremony on September 26th.  Ken Reinert, Communications Committee Chairman, was in attendance at the awards dinner along with John Perkinson from ALPA’s Communications staff. They accepted the awards ALPA earned.


Ken again thanks everyone – ARW pilots and ALPA staff – who has contributed to the Wiss-key and helped make it an award-winning publication.



Election for ARW MEC Vice-Chairman



The ARW MEC will elect an MEC vice chairman at the October MEC meeting in ORD to complete the current term ending August 2016, which is concurrent with the term of the MEC Chairman. Although broad in the description of the role and responsibilities of the position, Section 3.D.2 of the ARW MEC Policy Manual describes the function of the MEC vice chairman as follows:


The MEC vice chairman shall

·       Serve as the active MEC chairman in the event the office of MEC chairman is vacant for any reason.

·       Perform the duties of the MEC chairman during any absence of the MEC chairman.

·       When requested, assist the chairman in the performance of his duties, or carry out any assignment directed by the MEC.

·       Manage and coordinate committee activities.

·       Collect and disseminate committee reports on a monthly basis.


If you wish to run for the position of MEC vice chairman, please notify the MEC in writing via ARWMEC@alpa.org no later than October 12, 2015. Applicants should also call the six voting members of the current MEC (Matthew Chadwick, Will DeShazer, Thorne Saylor, Reed Donoghue, Carl Fleming, and Jared Alexa), to secure a nomination and garner majority support of the MEC.



Protect Your Future, Today



On behalf of the MEC, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank our pilots that remain engaged in ALPA’s political programs so far this year, and to thank you for your hard work.


2015 has been an exciting and busy year so far with many accomplishments for ALPA’s Government Affairs Department:


·       ALPA has continued to lead the path to victory against flags-of-convenience. As of April, Norwegian Air International was forced to re-flag their entire fleet back to Norway after the U.S. Department of Transportation, at ALPA’s strong urging, refused to rule on their application for a foreign air carrier permit.

·       For a fourth straight year, ALPA fought back against cuts to the Federal Flight Deck Officer program and won – enabling the program to maintain full funding and grow into the future.

·       In June, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it was reforming the process for deciding which airports received a Customs and Border Protection Pre-Clearance facility. The reforms were based on principles ALPA has championed, including consideration for U.S. carriers presence in the market.


The work for the year, however, continues to be critical. The FAA Reauthorization has now slipped to October, with an extension through the end of the year, at least, very likely. The U.S. Government is still considering our request to open consultations with Qatar and the UAE to stop their unprecedented subsidies to their airlines. Victory on these and many other issues depend on the support of air line pilots from across ALPA in our political programs.


Attached to this PDH is the 2015 Political Programs MEC Rankings, to find out how Air Wisconsin pilots line up with other ALPA carriers in political advocacy and PAC contributions. Currently, there are four Calls to Action on the ALPA website, including grassroots movements Lithium Batteries, the Pilot Pay Shortage, Secondary Barriers, and the Health-Care Excise Tax. Many of these issues will affect the future of your career and our industry—the time to act is now. 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, then you need to help ALPA effect change by donating to the ALPA-PAC. Now is the time to donate to help secure your career and the airline piloting profession.



Safety Alert – Temporary Construction Crane Near LGA

The FAA has approved a request to increase the height of one of two construction cranes located approximately 1.5nm southeast of LaGuardia airport. The construction site for the cranes is north of the extended centerline for Runway 31. One of the two cranes has been raised to 406 feet MSL while the other crane will remain at 335 feet MSL. Both cranes will remain on site for approximately 18 months.


The FAA has implemented the following mitigation strategy to aid aircrews in the identification and avoidance of the obstacles:


·       A baffle has been installed on the Runway 31 PAPI, which will cause the PAPI to appear blank, to alert aircrews when their aircraft is more than 5 degrees right of the extended centerline.

·       Procedures and minimums have been modified and published in NOTAMS.

·       The location of the crane will be continuously broadcast on ATIS.



ALPA recommends flight crews remain vigilant of any procedure changes while the construction cranes are in place. ALPA also recommends pilots pay close attention to dispatch paperwork, company procedures, and NOTAMS issued regarding operations in and out of LGA.  Please direct questions and concerns to Engineering and Air Safety at eas@alpa.org or (800) 424-2470.



Upcoming Dates

2015 Dates


October 7

Ratification voting closes

October 12-16

MEC Regular Meeting, Chicago

October 21-22

Executive Board Meeting