August 8, 2016
Fellow Air Wisconsin Pilots:
Your Negotiating Committee met last week with the company and the Mediator in Chicago for the latest round of contract bargaining. In attendance for ALPA was Negotiating Committee Chairman Bob Burgess and Members Graham Hoff-Downing and Reed Donoghue, MEC Chairman Chris Suhs, Training and Testing Chairman Charlie Mader, Senior Labor Relations Attorney David Holtzman and Economics and Financial Analyst Cory Tennen. Representing the Company were Bob Frisch, Eddie Spry-Leverton, Andrea Swanson, Tina Vos and Mike Melotte.
Subject matter experts Mike Melotte and Charlie Mader worked with Eddie Spry-Leverton and Reed Donoghue to develop language and refine interpretations for section 11 (Training and Testing).
Language passes were made on sections 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 22, 25, 26, 27 and 28. New Tentative Agreements (TAŐs) on sections 4, 12 and 25 were achieved, adding to the previously TAŐd sections of 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24 and 29. To date, just shy of one-half of the 30 sections of our contract have been agreed to; however, these are primarily non-economic sections.
Despite this being a very busy and semi-productive session, many challenges still lie ahead in the form of developing new TA language and interpreting old TA language, as well as incorporating previously agreed-to Letters of Agreement or grievance settlements into the new CBA.
One major difficulty we face going forward is our lack of knowledge regarding the companyŐs priorities, other than a desire for flexibility and lowest cost. We donŐt know managementŐs plans for the future of the company, and because of this we also donŐt know the airlineŐs future staffing requirements. Obviously the number of pilots at the airline will determine the size of the pilot personnel budget, and it is very difficult to negotiate economics when important pieces of the puzzle are missing.
As we have stated previously, your Negotiating Committee has told the Company the pilot group expects more in a new CBA and it is up to them if we are to reach a deal. We will not submit a deal to the pilots that does not recognize the professional pilot of ARW appropriately. The Company knows that given recent economic gains by other pilot groups in the regional industry, our pilots expect more. Our pilots deserve a decent working agreement and we intend to get it for you.
The next bargaining sessions are August 15-17 and September 6-9.
Please continue to stay in touch and informed. Updated information is continually being distributed via this negotiations newsletter The X-ray, and also via podcasts, all-pilot conference calls, the Payday Hotline and ALPA emails. And as always, please feel free to contact any member of the Negotiating Committee, your MEC officers or your local council Status Representatives with questions. Remember, ItŐs your contract and your future.
Your Negotiating Committee