January 1, 2016 ARW Pay Day Hotline
By ARW MEC
Several years ago, the MEC and MEC Officers revamped, and in some cases, invented a comprehensive communications system for disseminating timely information to the Air Wisconsin pilot group. Over the years the system has grown and evolved to include the weekly Podcast, bi-weekly Pay Day Hotline, the Negotiating Committee’s X-Ray messages, the award-winning Wiss-Key MEC newsletter, MEC Fastread e-mails, all-pilot conference calls, and “Robo-Calls” for when the MEC needs to communicate especially important and timely information. As social media became a regular part of everyday life the MEC added an ARW Facebook page and Twitter feed. In addition to the communications platforms utilized by the MEC, there has also been a website where members could research past communications, file an issue form, look up ALPA volunteer contact information or search other resources.
With the busy lives we all live on the road and at home it can be difficult at times to keep up with the important, ever-changing information being sent to you about your career, your carrier and our industry. We’re very mindful that sometimes there are so many messages coming from the union that you may not have the time or inclination to read them all.
With that in mind, your ALPA leadership has always envisioned a one-stop shop where pilots could have everything at their fingertips with no login required. The MEC is very pleased to announce that that day has arrived after many years of hard work by a number of current and former volunteers. Today we roll out our completely revamped MEC website, www.arwalpa.org.
The website uses a new platform to bring you a fresh new look and include everything an ALPA pilot might need, in one convenient place. You can find your Rep’s contact information, as well as the MEC Officers and Committee Chairmen. You can file Hotel and Jumpseat complaints, and file issue forms. Up-to-date as well as archived copies of the PDH, Wiss-Keys, X-Rays and Fastreads can be found on the site. The current collective bargaining agreement, as well as LOA’s and MOU’s modifying the CBA are there as well. There’s a resource section where FAR Part 117 FAQ’s and the most recent 117 guide can be found. Your ALPA volunteers encourage you to check out the new website and explore the many different aspects of the site.
The MEC also requests that all pilots utilize the hotel and Jumpseat forms that can be found at www.arwalpa.org from this date forward. In addition to the new website, there is a new tool the volunteers will utilize to manage and archive all hotel and Jumpseat complaints indefinitely. The issue form can be accessed from the new site and will redirect all members to the current form we are all accustomed to.
Like any new initiative, the www.arwalpa.org website will evolve as the group begins to use it and different long term goals for the site and of the MEC are met. We ask that you bookmark this site and begin to explore the information that is contained there. If there is content you need that can’t find on the site, or if something that you find does not work properly, please send an email explaining the issue to ARWcommunications@alpa.org. We’re also interested in hearing your impressions and opinions of the website, whether they’re good, bad or in-between.
The New Year is the time to make a new start, try new things, and recommit to things that have been successful in the past. Your ARW MEC rings in the New Year with this exciting new tool, which we hope combines the best of the old and the new. We hope you find it useful for years to come.
AA Jumpseat Issue
The MEC has been notified of a potential problem in accessing the American Airlines travel site for listing as a jumpseater. Below is information from the APA Jumpseat Committee earlier this week regarding the disruption. While the problem may have been fixed by now, please be aware of the situation and plan your commute accordingly.
APA INFORMATION HOTLINE
This is APA Communications Director Gregg Overman with the APA Information Hotline for Wednesday, Dec. 30.
JUMPSEAT ALERT: Presently, all other airline pilots are unable to access AA flights for jumpseat travel or "pilot commuting listing" on myIDTravel. This has caused an immense complication in commuting and traveling for our fellow professional aviators.
There are two back-up methods for other airline pilots to get a listing on an AA flight. They can call 888-WE-FLY-AA and hope an agent answers, or the pilot can walk up and the gate agent must create the listing for them (Reference: JetNet > WebRef > Airport Services > D6/D7 Other Airline Personal Travel on AA). Excerpt from that document:
All other airline crew members and dispatchers are required to have a flight listing prior to check-in. If a PNR does not exist, the agent must create the flight listing.
Please be alert to any pilot of another airline in our terminals. Reach out to them to offer your assistance in accommodating them on our jets. Unless the pilot can get a listing, they will not show up on the stand-by or G*PALL lists, so extra vigilance on our behalf will be necessary.
New Hire ALPA Mentorship Program
With the start of the New Year the Air Wisconsin MEC will be initiating a mentorship program for new hire pilots that is designed to bridge the gap between Indoc/IOE and actual life on the line.
The Air Wisconsin Airlines New Hire Mentor Program was created and developed in conjunction with the United Airlines Membership Committee and they share common goals. These common goals included the idea that New Hire pilots could benefit greatly from the input of experienced line pilots in key subject areas. It is widely recognized that there is a gap between what pilots learn in operational experience (OE) and the simulator and conducting the normal business of being a Part 121 pilot.
Many day-to-day facets of an airline pilot’s life cannot be taught at all, but must be learned, including how to bid; flight planning; knowing the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) or pilot contract; domicile peculiarities (such as parking tags); airline culture; and how to be a good union member. Filling these potential knowledge gaps is the purpose of the Mentor Program, whereby a mentor can provide assistance to those pilots who request it.
It should be noted that the program is not mandatory and pilots will, to some degree, be driving the level of tutelage received. Mentors will approach each new pilot as a case-by-case. It’s worth mentioning that the Mentor Program is not designed to re-teach the Basic Indoc Program.
Our airline and pilot group has a rich, complex, and colorful history that should be recognized by new members of the Air Wisconsin family. Mentor pilots can impart their knowledge of the airline’s culture and history, the various base’ culture and history, normal and irregular operations, union business, as well as any other assistance with items that are not addressed in formal new hire training.
Goals and Purpose of the ALPA New Hire Mentor Program
The purpose of the Mentor Program is to provide each New Hire pilot with personalized advice and support through the use of an assigned mentor. New Hires at Air Wisconsin come from a variety of backgrounds and experience. Some of the New Hires will have worked previously at other airlines and been exposed to airline procedures, the Air Line Pilots Association, and may be used to operating at some or all AWAC’s hubs.
On the other side of the spectrum, for some New Hires AWAC may be their first airline position and their experience may consist of active duty military, charter, or cargo with no airline or union exposure. This Mentor program is designed to be flexible and individual enough to ensure each New Hire is made welcome and provided with resources, advice, and contact to the extent both the New Hire and Mentor feel comfortable with. The message is simple: "We (ALPA) have your back."
Each mentor is carefully selected and vetted for their leadership, experience, temperament, and character. All Mentors have to be approved by their Local Council Chairman and serve at the discretion of the ARW-MEC, under the Membership Committee. These are non-political appointments and selection is based upon a Mentor's experience, character and reputation. Mentor pilots should embrace the highest standards of technical performance, airmanship and professionalism in themselves, as well as in our newly-employed flight crewmembers.
The New Hire Mentor Program falls under the umbrella of the ARW-MEC Membership Committee. The Membership Committee reports to the MEC Vice Chairman and the other ARW-MEC Officers.
The program will be organized and administered by the Membership Committee. There is a New Hire Mentor Program Coordinator, who reports to the Membership Committee Chairman.
Handy information for pilots about to enter long-term training:
“Two Days off Prior to Long-Term Training”
Long term training:
“A pilot will be released from all duty for the two (2) calendar days immediately preceding the day the pilot is scheduled to report for a long-term training event, provided the pilot notifies the company of his intention to exercise this provision at the time he bids or at the time he is advised that he is scheduled for training, whichever comes later.”
Since ground school and CPT training do not run together, ground school is not considered a long-term training. However if you need two days off prior to CPT, email Margo Berg at email@example.com or Cheryl Copeland at firstname.lastname@example.org. A pilot will also be permitted to bid for the following month’s schedule as long as he or she is projected to complete the proficiency check on or before the 10th of that month.
The Scheduling Committee would like to seek volunteers for the following position: Reserve Resources Coordinator. If you are interested, please send an email to the email@example.com.
Your Union Needs Volunteers
By ARW MEC
We are now on Day 1 of 2016, and although we enthusiastically look forward to what this year will bring, it is equally important to look back at our accomplishments, challenges, and issues in 2015 and recognize the volunteers who used their time and effort to directly support the pilots of Air Wisconsin.
2015 presented new problems and opportunities for your ARW ALPA leadership and committee volunteers. Currently, more than 65 pilots serve as representatives or committee members. Although this number is down slightly due to pilots moving on to legacy and national carriers, there are just as many pilots on the sidelines willing to step up and fill their shoes. It is important for you to know that ARW ALPA enjoys successful partnerships with ALPA National, pilots from other ALPA airlines, lawmakers, regulators, and other industry stakeholders. Additionally, several ARW pilots serve on ALPA national boards, committees, and councils.
This is only a fraction of the work being done on a daily basis by your ALPA pilot volunteers. Behind all of the committee chairs are committee members supporting the work. On the 15th of every month, our Pay Day Hotline highlights the body of work that committees are performing. Our ARW ALPA volunteers do an incredible amount of heavy lifting for our pilot group, ALPA, the MEC, and Air Wisconsin. Their accomplishments were not easy and many of our committees had to stretch their resources to make what they’ve achieved possible. Not only did our pilot volunteers dedicate their own time and effort to improving the piloting profession, but they did so while flying the line and maintaining their own personal lives. Without the support of a dynamic volunteer organization, the MEC and standing committees would not have accomplished all they were able to accomplish in 2015. Next time you run into ALPA volunteers on the line, be sure to thank them for their efforts.
As mentioned above, we’re seeing increased attrition in our volunteer ranks as pilots move on, retire, or quit the industry entirely. If you’ve ever thought about volunteering some of your time to improve the pilot profession as a whole, now’s the time to step up. If you’re interested in volunteering for a position, or want to see what’s available now, or in the future, contact your MEC Vice Chairman, Thorne Saylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your future is in your hands. We need motivated people to continue and improve the good work that past volunteers have accomplished.
With tornadoes in Texas, floods in the Midwest and other severe weather events across the country last month, as 2016 begins it’s a good time to remind you of the good work being done by ALPA’s P4P program.
P4P, or Pilots for Pilots, is the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund. Initially set up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, its purpose is to provide short-term emergency financial assistance for pilot families affected by natural disasters or other unforeseen events. P4P is a benefit of ALPA membership; the availability of funds relies on donations from the membership group. There are multiple ways to donate: go to AmazonSmile and select P4P as your charity and a percentage of your purchases will go to helping pilots and their families; or go to ALPA.org, under Relief Fund select Donate Funds or Apply for Assistance. For more information visit www.alpa.org/relieffund, or click on the P4P icon on the left column of this email message.
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