October 15, 2015 ARW Pay Day Hotline

                                                                                              

MEC Meets this Week in ORD

By ARW MEC

 

The ARW MEC and Negotiating Committee held their 2015 third-quarter meeting this week at the United MEC offices in ORD. For the second straight year this fall meeting was held in conjunction with our ALPA Canada colleagues from the JAZ MEC. During the two-day meeting we held joint sessions in the morning with the JAZ leadership, then broke away in the afternoons to do MEC-specific work.

 

While ARW and JAZ both the fly the same CRJ aircraft (with a couple of other types as well in the JAZ fleet) we have more in common than just an equipment type. This week we talked about some of the challenges facing both our groups, especially how to recruit volunteers for the union and communicate better with our respective memberships. We had a good exchange of views and look forward to meeting with them again a year from now, which will be at the biennial ALPA Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, DC.

 

We made some important decisions during the ARW-only portion of the meeting. Most importantly, we are pleased to announce that Capt. Thorne Saylor of Council 50 was elected to serve as the new MEC Vice-Chairman. Thorne will serve out the remainder of Jeff Pruett’s unexpired term, and with his lengthy record of union service and experience we know he will do an outstanding job.

 

Also this week, the MEC elected Abdullah Bawagad as chairman of the Scheduling Committee. We heard presentations from the Grievance and Central Air Safety Committees, as well as a briefing from ALPA Legal on potential labor-related cases that could come before the US Supreme Court. We also discussed a timeline for sending a new bargaining survey out to the membership so that we can better address your needs when we resume contract negotiations.

 

This was the last MEC meeting for the year -- the MEC will next meet in March 2016.

 

 

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 a new member to the Retirement and Insurance Committee during their next meeting. 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, 2018

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

·       Vacant, 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 over the next few weeks. 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 Jared Alexa) to discuss the position, secure a nomination, and garner majority support. An election for the R&I Committee member will be held during the next held MEC Meeting, after the MEC has reviewed all candidates.

 

 

Committee Activity for September 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 that four Pilots are out on STD and the STD Bank is at $70,000. The STD Bank will be turned off for the remainder of the year, as required by 27.G.10.a. of the CBA. The STD contributions spigot will flow once again when the STD bank falls below $40,000.

 

As you all know, Negotiating Chairman Mark Lockwood, as well as members Bob Burgess and Graham Hoff-Downing, have been extremely busy with end stage negotiations. The committee was involved in many support activities in September, including attending Family Awareness events, finalizing TA language, presenting at contract roadshows, making podcasts, writing X-rays, answering TA FAQs, and fielding questions in the all-pilot conference calls. Stay tuned for further Committee updates as your negotiators work to determine pilot priorities for future bargaining. Surveying the group is the most pressing issue on the committee’s docket. Please remain patient as the committee works to complete and disseminate the survey.

 

Abdullah Bawagad was elected the new Scheduling Chairman at the October 14th MEC meeting. Prior to holding the chairmanship, Abdullah was a Scheduling Committee member for the last six months. Abdullah is currently a PHL Captain and an Embry Riddle graduate. He looks forward to administering his position and helping the pilot group. Please direct all future scheduling concerns to Abdullah.

 

Communications Chairman Ken Reinert’s had another frenetic month, with a lot of support activities performed for end stage negotiations. In addition to the normal course of duty, Ken also attended the award ceremony in Raleigh, NC for the Wiss-Key where he was presented with an award from the International Labor Communications Association (ICLA). The Wiss-Key received 1st Place: General Excellence – Print and Internet/Print/International & National Union Publications/ Newspapers and Newsletters.

 

CASC Chairman Dan Lehenbauer reports that he participated in the quarterly Flight Operations Safety Board (FOSB). The FOSB is a high-level meeting of airline management and ALPA safety. The board reviewed significant events, heard updates on the de-ice/anti-ice programs for the upcoming winter, and discussed other topics related to safety.

 

Also in September, Chairman Lehenbauer met with Managing Director of Safety Chris White for an in-depth discussion on safety issues. The topics included crew actions after an evacuation, the CHEP (Certificate Holder Evaluation Process) audit, ASAP MOU renewal, and simulated disaster drills. Dan cautions that we may still see FAA inspectors riding our jumpseats while they work on the CHEP audit of Air Wisconsin operations.

 

CASC would like to remind all flight crews to continue to wear the safety vests while conducting preflight and post flight inspections of the airplane. Flight crews are required to conduct walk around inspections thoroughly and use a flashlight when necessary. Making a simple circle of the airplane and not complying with the inspection criteria of the FCM simply must not happen. At night, even if the plane is parked at a gate that is well lighted, a flashlight is still necessary for a proper inspection. As we know, pilots are usually the last line of defense and a good walkaround can prevent undesirable events, from airplane damage to certificate action.

 

It’s pretty quiet in the realm of the ASAP Committee, according to Chairman  Chris Fuson. ASAP currently has 25 open events and ASAP meetings were conducted on 9/3, 9/9, 9/18, and 9/30. Also, from September 15-17 Chris traveled to the InfoShare conference in Dallas. InfoShare is a conference that provides a forum where stakeholders, such as airlines, manufacturers, and government, talk about safety issues. At the conference, Chris spoke with several safety volunteers at multiple airlines concerning their ASAP programs. Lastly, ASAP wanted to communicate a friendly reminder that it's that of the year when we have abnormally high and low altimeter settings. Please double check your altimeter setting to prevent a possible loss of separation.

 

Chairman Dan Lehenbauer reports that the Central Air Safety Committee and the FOQA Committee are working on the details of what is commonly known as “Crew Contacts.” A crew contact is an integral part of the FOQA program, where an ALPA representative contacts flight crews to learn more information about a particular event found in the FOQA data. FOQA has not performed any crew contacts yet due to confidentiality concerns ALPA had with the program. Your FOQA Committee at Air Wisconsin ALPA is made up of two pilots, Chairman Ron Stocki and First Officer Christine Carnie. They serve as the FOQA “Gatekeepers” and are the only people with the ability to match a FOQA event to the pilots involved. In other words, whenever there is an event found in FOQA that needs further analysis, only the ALPA union representatives know the identity of the crew. The company and FAA are prohibited from knowing identifying crew information per program rules as defined by the FAA in Advisory Circular 120-82, per the I & O Plan (Initiation and Operating Plan), and per the Letter of Agreement between the pilot group and the company. More information will be presented on this prior to the start of Crew Contacts.

 

According to Chairman Ken Nesbitt, the Grievance Committee had yet another extremely busy month. In addition to the normal issue form workload, the committee met with the Company for their quarterly meeting. Association representatives in attendance were Grievance Chairman Ken Nesbitt, Labor Relations Attorney Jody Bettenburg, and Negotiating Committee member Bob Burgess. Company representatives were Chief Pilot and Director of Flying Eddie Leverton and Director of Crew Resources Andrea Jensen. The meeting was very productive overall, and the committee was able to close quite a few old grievances  and get several pilots compensated for their issues. Hot-button issues discussed were the Rochester hotel and jury duty leave. Neither of the issues was resolved during the meeting, but the committee is hopeful they will attain a remedy by the next Pay Day Hotline.

 

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.

 

The Hotel Committee Chairman Ken Honneffer 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 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.

 

Chairman Rich Clarke and the rest of the Retirement and Insurance Committee have been preparing for their next quarterly meeting to be held in Herndon, VA on November 10. Members of the committee will be performing double duty in Herndon, as they will be attending the ALPA National R & I Conference during the same period. The committee is excited to report their findings during a future Pay Day Hotline.

 

Committee Chairman Robbie Fogelsanger reports the Community Involvement Committee held events in the DCA and PHL domiciles. The Washington DC event was held at the Manna Food Bank where the group helped sort goods for local food banks. The Philadelphia domicile event took place for an organization called “Friends of the Wissahickon.” Timberland and Roots Rated sponsored the event, which was given the moniker,  “Clean up at the Walnut Lane Bridge” on September 19. I bet the reader can deduce what the event entailed based in its name.

 

Legislative Affairs Chairman Jeffrey Woodham and the rest of the committee would like to remind all volunteers to back the PAC and participate in the calls the action (C2A). Congress is returning to D.C. this week and legislative outreach efforts are vital to accomplishing our goals on the Hill. Current calls to action include items such as FAA Reauthorization and repealing the excise tax on employer-sponsored healthcare. Pilots can review current calls to action on ALPA's advocacy page.

 

Matthew Chadwick is the interim Chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee. Please contact Matt with any of your veteran-related concerns.

 

 

September 2015 Resignations

By ARW Membership Committee

 

Emp #      Name                                           Resign Date

4600       David        Wilcox                9/13/15

14350     John         Hermannes         9/22/15

16940     Harold       Rambo Jr            9/3/15

18349     Jonathan   Frost                  9/17/15

18805     Austin       Stroot                 9/18/15

22557     Paul          Schmidt              9/6/15

25035     Michael      Moran                9/7/15

25949     Jennie       Coffey                9/7/15

26211     Marce        Mueller               9/14/15

26463     Jeffrey       Albano               9/23/15

26532     Jose          Serrano              9/21/15

26538     Ian           Schmeckpeper     9/21/15

 

 

Farewell Jeff Pruett

By ARW MEC

 

On Monday, October 12 MEC Vice-Chairman Jeff Pruett left the ARW MEC and the Air Wisconsin pilot group to embark on a new career at United Airlines. Jeff has served the ARW group in a number of different capacities over the last decade, most recently as an ALPA Executive Vice-President. Regardless of his volunteer position, he has always been well spoken, thoughtful, dedicated, generous, loyal, and relentless in his work. On behalf of the Air Wisconsin pilots, the volunteers and the MEC, we wish to thank Jeff for all he has done for this group. He leaves behind a fruitful legacy of service, and we wish him the very best.

 

 

Upcoming Dates

2015 Dates

 

October 21-22

Executive Board Meeting, Herndon

October 27-28

ALPA SPSC Summit, Herndon