February 15, 2016 ARW Pay Day Hotline


The First “Significant” De-Ice Event of the Season Met With Challenges

By Dave Wilcox, Central Air Safety Committee Member and De-Ice Quality Control


Last week on 2/10/2016, numerous ground crew deficiencies were made clear during the recent deice event in Philadelphia and D.C. First, it was observed that there was a lack of uniform application of type IV, with small gaps in coverage on the critical surfaces. Along the same vein, ground crews were not applying enough type IV fluid to the critical surfaces. Be aware of these two issues when receiving an anti-ice application. The performance of these tasks improved throughout the day, but not prior to the deficiencies being pointed out by Company and ALPA observers.


It was also witnessed that better care is needed with Type I application around the pitot tubes; we observed everything from directly spraying at the tube leading edge, to spray back from the radome at an angle that caused a great deal of the fluid to enter into pitot tubes.


Speaking to the radomes, it was also noticed that, during deicing, two radome latches had been unsecured by pressure of type I application. It was communicated to Piedmont that the tactile check needs to include inspection of these latches and their condition. PHL Chief Pilot Michael Perrizo followed up with Piedmont representatives to ensure all issues are rectified.


Scott Anderson observed the DCA operation and reported one issue about a tactile check not being completed. Other than that single incident, nothing additional was reported in DCA and it has been a strong performer this year. Please file an ASAP and contact your safety representative with any other concerns that you observe. 


Lastly, and related to safety, it was observed that crews were spraying the control surfaces from the rear. Graham Hoff-Downing observed this and, without any prompting from him, the ground manager marched over to the offending trucks and took corrective action, effectively stopping the activity.


Safety issues weren’t the only problems that were observed. During this event truck maintenance resulted in single truck de-icing, cause a significant backlog in the queue and subsequent frustrations for all stakeholders. If this repeats itself during moderate or greater snow, it has the potential to seriously slow down the de-ice operation. All issues were made known to the interested parties.



Professional Standards: The One-Stop Conflict Resolution Shop

By Greg Killeen, Professional Standards Chairman


A pressing issue has come to the attention of the Professional Standards Committee. A few recent crew conflicts that should have been handled by our committee have been unduly escalated to management. As a refresher, examples of the types of issues that need to be handled by Pro Standards are listed below. Nearly always, pilots should consult their union reps before bringing them before the company. The reasons for this are obvious; escalating personal issues to the company may result in unnecessary grief, up to and including discipline, for the parties involved.

Examples of situations that ARE handled by the Professional Standards Committee include:


·      Cockpit managerial style (CRM)

·      Personality Conflicts

·      Non-adherence to standard operating procedures

·      Crew coordination issues


Examples of situations that ARE NOT handled by Professional Standards include:


·      FAA enforcement/violation cases

·      Grievance matters

·      Substance abuse problems

·      Medical-related issues

·      Legal issues

·      Proficiency situations (However, we can assist in directing a pilot to the appropriate resource).


One example:


Captain does not respond to the checklist properly. Hint 1 from the F/O: “I just got through training and IOE and they are emphasizing SOPs and checklists.”Captain continues non-SOP behavior.Hint 2 from the F/O: “I’m concerned about the voice recorder and checklist response.” Hint 3: “Captain (respect shown), if you do not read the checklist properly, I am going to call Professional Standards for a resolution.”Subsequently, a committee member spoke with both pilots, maintaining confidentiality at all times, discussed the F/O’s concerns, and the safety aspect of SOPs. Case resolved and the pair later flew together without incident. 


It must be emphasized that the Professional Standards Committee is not the “pilot morals” or “haircut and shoe shine” committee. Enforcement of uniform regulations and/or policies is strictly a function of management. The standards for professional conduct for airline pilots are contained in the ALPA Code of Ethics and Canons. We always ask the pilot calling Professional Standards to try to resolve the issue first and if not successful, our committee members are available to assist.


The most up-to-date information on chairmen and member’s names and contact information can be found at www.arwalpa.org or on the most current Pay Day Hotline, which is sent out every payday via email to your ALPA address. I’ll leave you with one thought in human relationships: always remember it’s not what you say, but how you say it.



ARW Governing Body Structure 2016



Preamble: In a time of unprecedented turnover, Air Wisconsin is rapidly transforming into a revolving door. Many are leaving to go to other airlines and some to other careers, with new pilots backfilling in lockstep fashion. As a result of the influx of new pilots on property, your leadership would like to take this opportunity to provide some information on the structure of ALPA.


Below is a general overview of how ALPA works, starting with YOU, the pilots of Air Wisconsin, and ending with the National governing bodies.


ALPA Structure Overview: Structure for all ALPA carriers is determined on a case-by-case basis and approved by the Association’s Executive Council. Air Wisconsin is what we refer to as a multi-council airline because more than one council is associated with the airline. The following is an overview of how Air Wisconsin fits into the ALPA structure.


Local Council

    Who makes up the council?

The entire pilot membership of a local council. ARW has three local councils:  ARW 49 in DC/National; ARW 50 in Norfolk/LaGuardia and ARW 51 in Philadelphia.  

    Who do they elect?

The voting members of each local council are able to nominate and elect the local council officers from within their assigned local council who then make up the Local Executive Council. The only members who are considered voting members are members classified as active, executive active, and grievance pending and are in good standing when the voting roster is created. For a nomination meeting, eligibility is determined by the date of the nomination meeting. (Admin Manual: Section 90, Part 1F)

    How often is the local council supposed to meet?

At least once every four months. (ALPA Constitution & ByLaws—Article III, Section 3B)


Local Executive Council (LEC)

    Each ARW LEC is made up of three elected local council officers: chairman, vice-chairman, and secetary-treasurer. The LEC meets prior to local council meetings and is charged with and responsible for the proper management of the affairs and business of the local council of which it is a part. (C&BL—Article III, Section 4)


Master Executive Council (MEC)

    Who makes up the MEC?

The status representatives of the local councils.  Because ARW has captain and first officer representatives in three local councils, ARW has six status representatives.

    Who do they elect?

1.           The MEC officers.

2.           Committee Chairmen

3.           Some committee members, although a few members are elected, such as on the Negotiating Committee

    How often do they meet?

At least two times per year, normally spring and fall.


Executive Board

    Who makes up the Executive Board?

The MEC chairmen from each ALPA carrier. As ARW MEC Chairman, Captain Christopher Suhs is a member of the Executive Board. In the case of a roll call vote at the Executive Board, the number of votes the MEC chairman holds is equal to the total number of active, executive active, and grievance pending members in good standing at ARW when the roll call was created.

    What is the primary role of the Executive Board?

·               Oversee the Executive Council

·               Provide guidance to the national officers

·               Interpret the C&BL

·               Make changes to ALPA policy

    How often do they meet?

Spring and fall each year. The next meeting is scheduled for May 13-14, 2015.  If Captain Suhs is unable to attend, he should assign a proxy to attend in his absence. (Proxy rules can be found in C&BL—Article V, Section 6 & 7.)


Executive Council

    Who makes up the Executive Council?

Four ALPA national officers and seven executive vice presidents. Air Wisconsin is currently part of Group B2, represented by Captain Chris Suhs. Captain Suhs is elected as EVP through December 31, 2016.

    How often do they meet?

The Executive Council meets every three months, or more often if necessary

    What is the primary role of the Executive Council?

·               Interpretation of C&BL and policy

·               The fiduciary arm of the Association


Board of Directors

    Who makes up the BOD?

The local status and seniority block representatives from each ALPA carrier. Because ARW has six status representatives, there are six BOD members for ARW. If there is a vacancy in office for any of the six status representatives, the roll call votes for that status are not represented. The only way for votes to be proxied to another member is if a representative for that status is in office. (BOD proxy rules can be found in C&BL—Article VII, Sections 8 & 9.)

    Their primary role is to vote on changes to the Constitution and By-Laws and help establish the strategic plan for the Association.

    Who do they elect?

The seven executive vice presidents at every BOD meeting and national officers every four years.

    When does this governing body meet?

Once every two years for approximately four days in the fall. The next BOD meeting will be held in October 17-20, 2016.


Additional Information:


·               DCO (Dues Checkoff) is available.

·               ACO (Assessment Checkoff) is not available.

·               ARW does have an MEC policy manual on file with the VP–administration.

·               Four MEC members must be in physical attendance to meet the quorum requirement for an ARW MEC meeting to be held. (Proxies do not count in determining a quorum.)

·               Membership call center representative is Trish McHugh (Membership@alpa.org, extension 4141).

·               Council Services coordinator is Renee Morrisette (Renee.Morrisette@alpa.org).



The ARW ALPA New Hire Pilot Mentor Program (PMP)

By Graham Hoff-Downing, ARW MEC Secretary-Treasurer


The ARW ALPA New Hire Mentor Program was created and developed in conjunction with the United Airlines Membership Committee and they share common goals. These common goals include the idea that New Hire pilots could benefit greatly from the input of experienced line pilots in key subject areas, in addition to the principle that we (ALPA) have your back.


It is widely recognized that there is a gap between what pilots learn in initial operational experience (IOE) and the simulator and conducting the normal business of being a Part 121 pilot. Many day-to-day facets of an airline pilots’ 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. The program is not mandatory and pilots will, to some degree, be driving the level of tutelage received.


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 bases’ culture and history, normal and irregular operations, and union business, as well as any other assistance with items that are not addressed in new hire training.


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. Within the Mentor Program there are mentors and mentees.


The PMP was rolled out for the January 17, 2016 class and currently has 3 participants. If you would like, or know somebody that would potentially like to reap the benefits of the program, and you are within your probationary year, please contact Graham Hoff-Downing at Graham.Hoff-Downing@alpa.org or at 734-646-6797. We hope that, with time, the New Hire Mentor Program will become a cornerstone of the Air Wisconsin experience.



A Message From Your New Council 50 Captain Rep

By Rich Clarke


As the recently elected Captain Representative for LEC 50 (that’s ORF and LGA in layman’s terms) I’d like to say thank you for once again allowing me the privilege to represent you within our union structure. I know many of you quite well through our time flying together or socializing on long turns, and there are even more of you I haven’t had the fortune of knowing personally, but I look forward to meeting in the near future. Thank you also to Thorne Saylor whose position I am taking over as he moves on in his role as MEC Vice-Chairman. If you see Thorne please take some time to thank him for his hard work and dedication representing the ORF and LGA pilots over the last two years.


I began as an ALPA volunteer in March 2008 when I was elected as the LEC 50 Captain Representative, and I served in that position for three years. For the past five years I have served as the LEC 50 Secretary/Treasurer as well as three years as the Chairman of the Retirement and Insurance Committee, and one year as the Grievance Committee Chairman. I have really enjoyed my time volunteering for this pilot group, and I know we have had some positive impacts along the way, but without a doubt a majority of my satisfaction from volunteering has come from the pleasure of working with such a fantastic group of people. 


The Air Wisconsin pilot group is full of the finest people I have ever met, and I look forward to coming to work and volunteering every single day. If there is anything I can ever help you with, whether you’re ORF/LGA based or not, please call me any time. Remember that your ALPA volunteers WORK FOR YOU. Thanks again for your support. Now I’m here to support you.



Committee Activity for January 2016

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 welcomed Captain Marlena Mattingly Cooper to the committee to assist with auditing and maintenance of the STD pilot log. Marlena will ensure the log is current and accurate, as well as track pilots bound for LTD. Aeromedical currently has 13 Pilots out on STD. The STD Bank Balance is approximately $50,000 and will be turned on for a while, as per our CBA.


The Negotiating Committee had a quiet month in January, but expects things to pick up in February and March, with mediated negotiation slated for mid-March. In January, the committee worked through the survey results, looking for trends and pilot priorities for the next round of bargaining. The committee also participated in developing and administering phone polling, with the professional assistance of the University of New Hampshire. The MEC also appointed Reed Donoghue as the newest member of the committee.


Scheduling Chairman Abdullah Bawagad welcomed new volunteers to the committee in January. Duncan Raikes was appointed the LGA crew base scheduling representative and he can be reach at 253-307-4895 and email address Duncan.Raikes@alpa.org. Mike Klaver is assuming the role of reserve resource coordinator to assist with all reserve pilot duty, contract, and pay questions. Mike can be reach at 618-771-6452 and his email address Mike.Klaver@alpa.org. Both Duncan and Mike have over 13 years of experience combine here at Air Wisconsin Airlines and will be a great resource to assist pilots on scheduling concerns.


The Scheduling Committee also thanks those pilots who expressed interest in the scheduling positions and encourages them to continue seeking out volunteer positions in all committees.


Chairman Ken Reinert managed a big event for Communications in January, with the rollout of the new web site, www.arwalpa.org. No major glitches occurred, and in late January the old web site was changed to direct users to the new one. Other than that and the usual work in keeping up with volunteer turnover, it was a quiet month.


Upcoming tasks for our Comms members: testing and rollout of the ARW Comms application (App) and work on the next issue of the Wiss-Key.


Chairman of the ASAP committee, Chris Fuson sends his greetings to the pilots. As normal, ASAP was busy in the month of January. ASAP had meetings on January 6, 13, 20, and 27, with a special event review meeting on January 22 to discuss a significant event. The number of iPad/Navtech related reports have greatly decreased as we diverge from the release date of the EFB. There is still no word on when the EFBs will officially go live; however, the committee expects an announcement when it happens. Due to the decent weather on the east coast, ASAP only received a few de-ice reports in January and those issues were resolved.


Chairman Josh Schmitt and the rest of the Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) noticed a rising trend of reservist using the Fatigue Policy. FRMP suggests that new hire FOs and newly upgraded CAs review the fatigue policy and to refresh themselves on fatigue mitigation techniques. None of this is to say that one should not call in fatigued, but merely a reminder that junior FOs and CAs will need to more closely manage and monitor fatigue levels. 


Chairman Aric Newstead of the Critical Incident Response Program reports a quiet January. Aric was involved in a few crew contacts, following up on minor incidents throughout the month.


According to Chairman Ken Nesbitt, the Grievance Committee had another standard month in January. We received a few issues from pilots throughout the month and were able to work through most of them. Some were related to weather events, which is to be expected, and some had to do with interpretations of LOAs pertaining to pay while coming off of disability. These are still being worked through between the Company and ALPA. The committee is planning a trip to our MSP ALPA office during this month (February) to be able to dedicate some time to outstanding issues, as well as trying to get some issues solved with the Company. Thank you all for your patience and we will get your issues squared away in the timeliest manner possible.


The new MEC website launch seems to be a success on multiple fronts, however there was an error in our issue form link. The link that went up with the site launch sent pilots to a new issue form that we are not yet using. The link has since been corrected to the previous issue form link; however, there were a few issue forms that were filed under the incorrect link. We believe we have all pilots accounted for and are working to contact them to either get a resubmission or be able to transpose the issues onto the correct form. If you feel like you were part of this group and we have not contacted you, please send us an email and we will get it taken care of for you.


Grievance Committee Member Dave Anderson and Jimmy Abdalla are in charge of the issue form branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Dave or Jimmy regarding your issue form, please make their jobs 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.


Rich Clarke, Chairman of the Retirement and Insurance Committee, inducted a new member in the month of January. The R & I Committee welcomes Andrew Rabe and looks forward to working with him on various committee projects. R & I is planning for their March quarterly meeting this month.


Interim Hotel Committee Chairman Thorne Saylor reports there was not much activity in January. The one notable event was that an expedited market study was promised to the Association from the company. Once that is complete, we will site inspect hotels in the CLT market. Several cities are coming due on their contract terms. As soon as those markets are sourced, ALPA, AFA, and the Company will perform site inspections. As a reminder, please utilize www.arwalpa.org for your hotel comments and complaints.


ARW Hotel Committee also reminds 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 (again this is done through www.arwalpa.org). 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 of Professional Standards Greg Killeen had a low caseload in January. He reports one case resolved with a positive outcome.


Jumpseat Committee Chairman Joe Cetrone had his work cut out for him in January. In addition to a full docket and finding his bearings as the new Chairman, Joe added Robert Grimm to the committee. Rob has been trained and is already hard at work supporting the committee. Republic and AA mainline have new jumpseat procedures. Details are still fresh, but mainline can now check-in for Republic flights 60 minutes prior. We have been told by Republic Airways that this will not be a disadvantage to our pilot group.


Following an incident last month, the Jumpseat Committee reminds crews to wear proper attire when jumpseating. We understand that most of us are cognizant of this, but as a reminder to those jumpseat neophytes out there, jeans, a t-shirt, and sneakers are not appropriate.


The Community Involvement Committee Chairman Robbie Fogelsanger coordinated the following in January:


·      LGA:  Volunteers walked shelter dogs on January 23rd at the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition.  

·      ORF: No January events were held. An event with the Ronald McDonald house is scheduled for February 27th

·      DCA: No Activity 

·      PHL: No Activity. 


The CIC committee reminds everyone to check your email inbox for future events. 


Legislative Affairs Chairman Jeffrey Woodham and the rest of the committee report that ALPA's Government Affairs department has been very engaged with Congressional offices in Washington, advocating the Association's priorities regarding FAA Reauthorization. DCA Captain Rep Matt Chadwick and Chairman Jeffrey Woodham were both in Washington the weeks of January 25th and February 1st educating Congressional staff on issues vital to safety and the piloting profession. ALPA has been lobbying for secondary barriers, maintaining first officer qualification and training requirements (the "1500 hour rule"), pilot pay, and regulating lithium batteries as dangerous goods when shipped as cargo, to name a few. Also, DCA FO Ethan Coughlin has volunteered for the committee and spent a day this week on the Hill meeting with Congressional offices, pushing our pilot-partisan message.  


The FAA Reauthorization Bill was released this week, and unfortunately several of ALPA's priorities have not been included. Government Affairs continues to educate lawmakers on our issues, and hopefully the bill can be improved during the amendment process.


There are several active calls to action, and the committee reminds all ARW pilots to please complete them. In January, Chairman Jeffrey Woodham spent a day in DCA, speaking with pilots about the calls to action.


The PAC had its best year ever in 2015, raising $1,747,094 ALPA wide, 20% more than 2014.


February 18th is the next District Advocate training webinar, pilots interested in a becoming District Advocate should contact Jeffrey Woodham at 561-755-1662 or Jeffrey.Woodham@alpa.org.


Pilot Assistance Committee Chairman Ricky Vetick reports that he performed duties related to monitoring under the HIMS program. Any questions about Pilot Assistance or HIMS can be directed to Ricky or another member on the committee.



December 2015 and January 2016 Resignations

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Upcoming Dates

Feb 16 – 19        Negotiating Committee Meeting, Herndon

Feb 29 – Mar 3    ALPA Leadership Training Conference, Herndon

March 7-9           ARW MEC Meeting, Herndon

March 21 – 23     Contract Negotiations, SAT

March 1              LEC 51 Representatives begin new 3-year term