March 15, 2016 ARW Pay Day Hotline

                                                                                              

URGENT – BENEFITS AUDIT DUE MARCH 22

 

All Pilots: You now have only seven days to respond to the company’s Benefits Audit letter. You must submit documentation no later than March 22 proving your dependents are eligible to receive benefits. If you do not respond you run the risk of your spouse/partner and/or children losing their health insurance coverage.

 

If you are unable to meet the March 22 deadline, have a question as to whether you will meet the deadline, or have any other questions regarding the audit, please contact these individuals at the Air Wisconsin Benefits Department.

 

Stan Petersen Gauthier

920-749-4271

Stan.Petersen-Gauthier@airwis.com

Gregg Garvey

920-749-7519

Gregg.Garvey@airwis.com

Sarah Peters

920-749-7589

Sarah.Peters@airwis.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARW MEC Post-Meeting Update

By Graham Hoff-Downing, MEC Secretary-Treasurer

 

As many of you well know, the MEC convened in Herndon, VA last week for the first regularly scheduled meeting of 2016. The agenda was full and much business was attended to during the course of the 3-day meeting. There were elections for the Membership Committee, Negotiating Committee, and for the Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman positions. Those positions were filled by Nathan Perry, Bob Burgess, and Jay Killen, respectively. Moreover, the MEC received a great deal of briefings from various sources. Just a sample of the briefings they received were:

 

Š      Regional airline industry outlook performed by ALPA Economic and Financial Analyst, Cory Tennen,

Š      A negotiations update from the Negotiating Committee and Senior Labor Relations Attorney, David Holtzman,

Š      Retirement and Insurance Committee brief from chairman Rich Clarke,

Š      A FFDC (Fee-For-Departure Committee) update from ALPA National Resource Coordinator Paul Ryder, and

Š      Training on how to become a District Advocate from Vanessa Kermick, Grassroots Coordinator at ALPA National.

 

District Advocates are pilot volunteers who meet with congressional staff and educate the offices on issues that affect pilots, such as the inherent danger in the carriage of lithium batteries and the ME3 (Middle-East 3) carrier threats to our industry.

 

The MEC meeting agenda was quite literally packed to the gills and much business was attended to. Although much was accomplished, the meeting left the pilot volunteers with a renewed direction and sharpened focus for moving forward to effectively solve the problems faced by our pilot group. The next scheduled MEC meeting will take place during the week of June 20, 2016.

 

 

Negotiating Committee Chairman Election

By Graham Hoff-Downing, ARW-MEC Secretary-Treasurer

 

Per the ARW-MEC Policy Manual, a Negotiating Chairman will be nominated and elected by a majority of the MEC and shall be an agenda item prior to the nominations. At last week’s regularly scheduled MEC meeting, Captain Bob Burgess was nominated and elected the Chairman of the Negotiating Committee. Bob is a long-standing Air Wisconsin pilot and was hired in 1998. Since at AWAC, Bob has flown the DO328 and the CL-65. He has been based in DEN, ATW, ATL, ORD, LGA and is currently in PHL. Bob has attended every negotiating session to date, been a party to informal forums and discussions, participated as a language writing committee member, and written many of the communications that have come out of the Negotiating Committee. A Chronology of Bob’s ALPA Experience is included below: 

 

Š      2000-2001- P2P Member during contract negotiations

Š      2003- Negotiating Committee Member for the 2003 Concessionary Arbitration

Š      2008-2010- Grievance Committee Member

Š      2010-Present- Negotiating Committee Member

Š      2016-2019- Council 51 Captain Representative

 

 

Committee Activity for February 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 reports that 10 pilots are out on STD and the current bank is at approximately $60,000. The bank will be turned off for a while, as necessitated by 27.G.10.a. of the CBA.

 

In February, we lost Negotiating Chairman Mark Lockwood to a mainline carrier. The new committee is comprised of recently elected Chairman Bob Burgess and new member Reed Donoghue, as well as Graham Hoff-Downing. The committee convened in Herndon, VA with ALPA staff in February to discuss future bargaining strategy and the upcoming mediated negotiations, which is slated for March 21-23, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. The committee has launched an educational push, with newly invigorated X-Rays (the inside look at negotiations) geared at a review of section 6 negotiations. Please take the time to read them as they are distributed, as they provide a great review of the process. They will also be made shortly after they are emailed through the MEC’s new website www.arwalpa.org

                                                                                       Scheduling Chairman Abdullah Bawagad reminds all of those pilots who have an impending upgrade to reread section 11.A.10.b.2., which outlines how a pilot can received a minimum of 2 days off prior to the commencement of long-term training.

 

11.A.10b.2 states that: “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 at the time he bids or at the time he is advised that he is scheduled for training, whichever comes last.”

 

Abdullah, as well as Josh Schmitt from the Fatigue Risk Management arm of CASC, are planning an all-reserve pilot conference call. This call will allow reserve pilots to ask questions related to scheduling. Be on the qui vive for an announcement of dates and times for the call.

 

CASC Chairman Dan Lehenbauer wants all pilots to be aware that the Association and the company have signed LOA 34 and LOA 35. They have to do with the FOQA Program (LOA 34) and the ACARS-FOQA Approach Summary Report (LOA 35). In LOA 35, there are no changes other than formalizing the former agreement which had expired after a test period. LOA 34 also formalizes our FOQA program and enables “Crew Contacts”. Rather than elaborate here, IBT in Quarter 1 as well as previous editions of the Pay Day Hotline have discussed Crew Contacts in detail. FOQA is a voluntary safety program that the company and association have agreed to participate in. FOQA captures and analyzes data so that ultimately, safety is enhanced. FOQA allows us to gather the who, what, where, and how, but it does not tell us why. Protections in the LOA de-identify the “who” from the program and only allow your ALPA representatives with access to crew information. “Crew Contacts” allow us to know the “why” of an event. Should you be contacted by an ALPA Gate Keeper for further information, rest assured you have the full protection of anonymity from the company and FAA.

 

Chairman of the ASAP Committee, Chris Fuson reports that his team conducted meetings on February 4, 10, 19, and 24. The committee noticed a sharp decrease in reports associated with Navtech and recommends crews submit reports if they run into any errors associated with the charts or software.

 

Chairman Josh Schmitt and the rest of the Fatigue Risk Management (FRM) continue to review and process fatigue reports that are generated. The committee acknowledges the concerns raised within the reports and expect a refreshed committee viewpoint on the Fatigue Policy during a future all-reserve-pilot call.

 

Chairman Ron Stocki of FOQA reports that the FMT had an in person meeting in Appleton, which was attended by Ron Stocki, Gregg Syring, Mark Raymond, and Morgan Scribner. They discussed a number of topics, such as events found in the de-identified FOQA data, to the singing of the new LOA. D.C. First Officers Jason Robin has joined the ALPA FOQA Committee and will parlay his data analysis skills to help the committee find new ways to see patterns in the FOQA data.

 

Grievance Committee Member Dave Anderson and Jimmy Abdalla 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 most significant event of the month for Chairman Charlie Mader of the Training and Testing Committee was his attendance at the National Training Council meeting at FAA headquarters in Oklahoma City. The meeting started with an aerodynamics lesson from Dr. Jeffery Schroeder, chief scientist for FAA simulation. Dr. Schroeder also briefed Charlie on an upcoming rule which is set to take effect in 2019 and will change how part 121 carriers are required to train stall and upset prevention and recovery techniques.

 

For almost every carrier this will require updating simulator software and training full stall recoveries, but for CRJ-200 operators it will only require training to the stick pusher. This is due to the fact that the -200 is one of the few airplanes out there with a pre-stall stick pusher as a result of its undesirable stall characteristics. In most other transport category aircraft, the stick pusher doesn't activate until established in a full stall (critical AOA exceeded). There will also be other new requirements resulting from this rule, such as training takeoff / go-around stalls. Charlie plans on meeting with the Air Wisconsin training department to share the ideas and concepts that he learned throughout the week and to discuss how they might be implemented here.

 

The ARW Hotel Committee wants 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 arwalpa.org site under complaint forms, as this goes directly to the committee members who can follow up directly with company personnel. 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 worked three cases in the month of February. As a reminder, the Professional Standards Committee should be crew members’ first stop when there is a conflict amongst them. Escalating personal issues to the level of management can have real, negative consequences for one or all parties involved in a conflict. Please reference the stand-alone Pro Standards article within this PDH for more information.

 

In February, the Chairman Rich Clarke and the rest of the R&I Committee worked with T. Rowe Price and ALPA to finalize the agenda for their next quarterly meeting on March 29th in Herndon, VA. They also have an ongoing dialogue with Air Wisconsin HR about the implementation of the insurance depended eligibility audit. The Association has several objections to how the audit is performed to include: the short timeframe of the audit, the lack of effective communication about the audit, and the method of returning documentation for the audit to the company. While the committee recognizes the company's ability to perform the audit, they felt that the implementation was haphazard considering the type of work pilots perform and the traveling that the job entails.

 

Jumpseat Committee Chairman Joe Cetrone spoke with the company regarding badges that currently say "Operating as US Airways Express" rather than "American Eagle." At this time the company will not produce new badges unless a pilot requests "American Eagle" on the back. All badges currently being produced in Appleton have no mention of US Airways/US Airways Express.

 

Virgin America CASS went down briefly for a few hours, resulting in one of our pilots being removed from the cabin after the GSC and gate agent could not verify his identity in CASS. Virgin America apologized and mentioned that the commuting pilot should not have been removed from the cabin and they are working on preventing this in the future. Please forward any jumpseat questions or issues to Joe Cetrone and his team.

 

The Community Involvement Committee Chairman Robbie Fogelsanger ordered T-shirts to be given out to pilots who volunteer at a CIC event. The shirts will be given out beginning with events in February and March. The CIC committee reminds everyone to check their email inboxes for future events.

 

February Event Review:

 

Š      ORF: CIC held an event at the Ronald McDonald House of Norfolk on February 27th. CIC Chairman Robbie Fogelsanger was joined by ORF pilots Jim Sweet and Chris Goehausen to cook dinner at RMH.

Š      DCA: No Activity in February, there is an event scheduled with Manna Food bank In DCA on March 24th.

Š      PHL: No Activity.

Š      LGA: No Activity.

 

Jay Killen was elected the new Chairman of the Veteran’s Affairs Committee during the March MEC meeting last week. Please contact Jay with any of your veteran-related concerns at 850-525-4622 or email him at james.killen@alpa.org.

 

 

A Message to All Future Volunteers!

By ARW MEC

 

Have you ever thought of giving back to your pilot community, all the while building relationships and valuable experience? Do you have civic-minded spirit? Do you want to make things better for pilots, both at Air Wisconsin and throughout the industry? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then ALPA volunteerism may be in your wheelhouse.

 

At last week’s MEC meeting, it was recognized that there is a direct relationship between the ever-increasing AWAC pilot attrition and ALPA volunteer attrition. As a result, the MEC is looking for highly motivated pilots who would like to join the committee ranks. If you have special skills or interests in a particular area or just have any questions about the process, please contact one of your MEC Officers at ARWMECOfficers@alpa.org. You can get their individual contact information on our new website, www.arwalpa.org. If you have flexibility in the type of work that you are interested in, it may aid in getting you out there and assisting our pilots at a faster rate. If there are not currently openings on a particular committee, please be patient and persistent. When you express your interests (in any work or in a particular committee), we will add you to the list of candidates interested in volunteerism and contact you when something opens up.

 

 

PDH Extra: Volunteer of the Quarter – CA Dave Wilcox

By ARW MEC Officers

 

Every quarter, your MEC officers bestow the Volunteer of the Quarter recognition award upon the ARW ALPA volunteer whose work has distinguished him or her above all others, while dedicating an extraordinary amount of time and effort on our pilot group’s behalf. For the first quarter of 2016, Central Air Safety Committee De-Ice Monitor Lead Dave Wilcox was selected as the stand-out volunteer to receive the ARW MEC Unified Excellence coin, and our sincerest thanks.

 

Dave has been pivotal in monitoring the de-ice operation in PHL this winter season. Dave made great effort to ensure that the ramp is staffed with our team monitoring for and correcting deficiencies in the operation. Not only has Dave ferreted out issues, such as the non-uniform application of type IV, but he has also established a great working relationship with Piedmont management and ground handlers. Without a great working relationship that Dave fostered, we believe de-ice monitoring would not have been nearly the success that it has been. Proper and open communication is key to pointing out issues and to Piedmont being receptive to our input.

 

Not only has Dave been involved in CASC Committee work, but he also went above and beyond with assisting with the Pilot Mentor Program. In response to a request by the Mentor Program Coordinator, Dave developed some of the reference material that is shared with new hires. These guides help new hires navigate their probationary year successfully. Dave’s input and articles written will surely be used by many new generations of new hires yet to come.

 

On behalf of the entire MEC, please join us in thanking Dave for his willingness, dedication, and effectiveness in serving our pilot group, and for making our working environment safer.

 

 

Medical Reimbursement Value Increases

By ARW MEC

 

In accordance with our contract your volunteer Aeromedical committee performs a cost survey of at least 50 AME’s nationwide annually.  This survey is designed to determine the average cost for a First Class Medical with and without the requirement for an EKG.  The results of our 2015 survey resulted in an increase to $128.71 from $117.28 for a First Class Medical.  A First Class Medical with an EKG increased to $182.58 from $177.81.  The reimbursement is paid monthly.  This increase was effective January 1st 2016 and will be back paid on the March 15 paycheck.  You will see the increase on the March 1 paycheck.  For more information, please refer to 15. B. 2. Of your CBA.

 

 

AWAC Departure Checklist

By ARW MEC

 

As opportunities for flying jobs continue to multiply throughout the industry, pilots should begin to familiarize themselves with appropriate Air Wisconsin departure procedures in order to ensure a smooth transition out of employment here and into employment at another company.

 

Due to popular demand, we have made the Departure Checklist article, which has appeared in several Pay Day Hotlines, available on the ARW ALPA website, arwalpa.org.  You can find it by clicking on the “Resources” tab, and then “Documents and Links.”  This checklist will help anyone who has the opportunity to move on understand what should be done to ensure their departure from Air Wisconsin moves along smoothly.

 

 

February 2016 Resignations

By ARW Membership Committee

 

ID #

Name

Resign Date

13828

James

Kile

2/23/2016

14295

Christopher

Nelson

2/5/2016

14404

Mark

Lockwood

2/26/2016

16812

John

Polsley

2/22/2016

16847

Scott

Siewert

2/10/2016

16903

Christopher

Campbell

2/20/2016

16913

Noah

Davis

2/1/2016

18157

Daniil

Shtarker

2/1/2016

18158

Justin

Richard

2/2/2016

18174

Dennis

Korzhov

2/27/2016

18337

Colin

O’Brien

2/12/2016

18778

Rachel

Wheldon

2/1/2016

22551

Wilsam

Cheung

2/29/2016

23645

Micah

Nestor

2/17/2016

25397

Stephen

Allen

2/27/2016

25491

Christopher

Colley

2/3/2016

25516

Chase

Ross

2/26/2016

25917

Andrew

Phillips

2/17/2016

26081

Jason

Adamson

2/26/2016

26227

Matthew

Renz

2/2/2016

26429

Michel

Lefebvre

2/18/2016

26450

Benjamin

Phelps

2/24/2016

26694

Ryan

Mess

2/19/2016

26705

Erick

Medina

2/23/2016

 

 

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