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ACARS 7.6 Arbitration Final Award
By ARW MEC


The ARW Grievance Committee met in Chicago, Ill. in April of 2013 for the ACARS 7.6 Arbitration hearing. Arbitrator Elliott Goldstein was the Neutral Arbitrator who the parties chose to hear the case. The Arbitrator’s Opinion and Award addressed the question:

 

Did the Employer violate the parties’ labor agreement when, on July 20, 2012, it implemented changes to its computerized tracking systems which included a modification to long-standing practice in determining the point at which Actual Flight Time, and with it pilot pay, begins?  If so, what shall now be the remedy?”

On Friday February 6th, 2014 both the Arbitrator and our Union Board Member and LEC 50 First Officer Representative and Vice Chairman Reed Donoghue officially signed the majority Opinion and Award of the Board stating:

 

Based on all the foregoing findings and incorporated herein as fully rewritten, the majority of this Board finds that the Union has established a violation of applicable provisions in the parties’ Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, we order the Company to immediately cease and desist from utilizing Version 7.6 of ACARS to the extent that it impacts the past practice of using DBB to mark the start of Actual Flight Time for purposes of pilot compensation. We also order the Company to make whole those employees whose pay has been adversely affected by the July 20, 2012 implementation of Version 7.6.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

 

Attached to this Fastread is the full Opinion and Award of the Board. Besides Board Member Reed Donogue, the ARW ALPA team had the following representatives in attendance at the arbitration:

 

Christopher M. Brown, Esq., Labor Relations Counsel, ALPA

Capt. William Patterson, ARW Grievance Chair, Witness

Capt. Richard Swindell, ARW MEC Chair, Witness

Capt. Kristen Brown, ARW FOQA Chair, Witness

Capt. Robert Burgess, ARW Negotiating Committee Member, Witness

Capt. Maggie Eichoff, ARW Grievance Committee Member

Capt. Brian Milburn, ARW Grievance Committee Member

 

Thank you to these ALPA volunteers on behalf of a grateful MEC for your preparation, execution, and service to the pilots of ARW ALPA and for protecting the collectively bargained working rules that give our ARW Pilot Agreement meaning and protects the value of our work as professional airline pilots.

 

Going forward, the MEC will inquire as to the Company’s plans for implementation of the Award and we will keep you updated.   Most importantly, you should be keenly aware that for pay purposes, your Actual Flight Time starts at the moment of DBB (Door, Beacon, Brake). Please be sure to check you pay times to ensure that you are being paid properly.

Security Committee News

By Nicholas Chichester, ARW Jumpseat/Security Chairman


When dealing with a negative experience with the TSA at a screening checkpoint it’s important to remember the following:

1)    Stay calm.  This is probably the most important item on the list. 

2)    Remain professional.  The TSA gives a lot of latitude to the Federal Security Directors who oversee the airports.  The procedures can and do vary from airport to airport so what you may be accustomed to in Philadelphia may not be the procedures that are in place in Miami. 

3)    Comply with what they ask of you, to a point.  If you feel that you do not want to be searched in view of the public, you have the right to private screening, but you must ask for it. 

4)    Gather as much information as possible.  What time, what checkpoint, which lane you were in, the names of the officers you were in contact with, and anything else that you feel is pertinent to the event.

5)    Let your local reps know about what happened.  This allows them to use the contacts that ALPA has in place at TSA to find more about what occurred and possibly a remedy to what occurred. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.

Committee Activity for January 2014
By Jeff Pruett, MEC Vice Chairman


This article provides you with a bird’s eye view of our committees, building on the articles in the PDH, The Wiss-key, and THE X-RAY, as well as information on Facebook and other mediums. 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 is being done, it’s equally important for you to understand the role that each committee has in helping the MEC fulfill its mission.

During the month of January Scheduling Chairman Tybee Halter recorded a Part 117 Update podcast, and Accident Investigator Coordinator and CASC Member John Jester recorded a podcast to talk about the trial and tribulations of PHL de-icing. To access these and other outstand ARW ALPA podcasts, go to http://www.ipadio.com/channels/ARW_ALPA. iPhone users can download a podcast app at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/podcasts/id525463029?mt=8. After the app is downloaded, search for “Air Wisconsin Pilots.”

Since May 1, 2013 Air Wisconsin has outsourced the administration for family medical leave and other leaves of absence to CIGNA Leave Solutions. If you are going out on short-term disability, Aeromedical Chairman Jack Roback asks that you contact him after your paperwork is fully and properly completed and submitted to CIGNA. He will then help oversee that CIGNA and the Company expedite approval for short-term disability benefits and ensure that they are handled properly. In addition, if any pilot has problems with CIGNA, please e-mail Jack at Jack.Roback@alpa.org. Presently, we have 8 Pilots out on Short-Term Disability, and the STD bank dropped below $40,000; therefore the Bank has been turned on.

The ASAP Committee is comprised of Chairman Dan Lehenbauer and Secondary Representatives Chris Fuson and Marlena Mattingly. Due to the confidential nature of this committee, the details of their work are not reported to the MEC or the pilot group, and are protected under federal regulations and the ASAP Memo of Understanding. Nevertheless, this “behind the scenes” committee provides prolific service and enormous safety benefits to our pilot group, our company, and the airline industry. Since the Government shutdown the ASAP Event Review Committee (ERC) held regular meetings via telecom on October 23rd, and 30th; November 14th; December 4th, 11th, and 18th; and January 8th and 15th.

On January 21-23, 2014 ASAP Secondary Representative Chris Fuson, FOQA Member Derek Hamill, ASAP Secondary Representative Marlena Mattingly, and FRMP Coordinator George Stuart attended Basic Safety School I at ALPA National Headquarters in Herndon VA. The mission of the Basic Safety School is to equip the new air safety representative to serve effectively on their MEC Safety Committee as safety project leader or as an incident/accident investigator, and provide technical assistance for crew representation projects. The Basic Safety School (BSS) provides initial Safety Structure orientation, administration, communication and elementary incident and accident investigation training to new pilot safety representatives. Training received equips them to confidently work within the ALPA Safety Structure to effectively support their own pilot group and to deal with representatives from government and management.

Central Air Safety Committee (CASC) Chairman Kristen Brown attended a deicing meeting in PHL with Piedmont, PSA, and Air Wisconsin representatives to address the systemic deicing issues we had in PHL on January 25th. Chris White, Ross Collins, George Burger represented AWAC. This group reviewed the current deicing plan, went through the events that occurred on January 25th, and agreed on substantial corrective actions before Piedmont deicing crews would be authorized to deice Air Wisconsin airplanes. So far as ALPA knows, all corrective actions that were discussed have been acted upon, including specific classroom retraining, hands-on training and sign-off with an instructor, and more oversight with upper management at the deicing pad.

The Fatigue Risk Management Program (FRMP) held a meeting via telecom on January 17th. FRMP Coordinator George Stuart and CASC Member Ralph Wainwright and The Fatigue Risk Management Team (FRMP) discussed the company’s new policy changes regarding FAR 117 and FDP extensions. Since no one on the FRMT was consulted prior to this policy change, it took the FRMP by surprise; but the team is unable to prevent or change Flight Management from using the FRMP to coerce pilots into taking FDP extensions. ALPAs position is clear: a pilot does not need to be fatigued to decline concurrence of a 30-minute or greater extension under the new FAR 117 rules and is therefore not required to participate in the FRMP. Until the FAA has ruled on this dispute or the company changes their behavior; ALPA recommends participating in the FRMP by stating that they were not fatigued in their FRMP report.

The ARW ALPA FAR 117 Working Group consists of Scheduling Chairman Tybee Halter, Scheduling Vice Chairman Tyson Howard, Reserve Resource Coordinator Sean Yates, Grievance Chairman Maggie Eickhoff, Negotiating Chairman Mark Lockwood, Communications Chairman Ken Reinert, MEC Chairman Richard Swindell, MEC Vice Chairman Jeff Pruett, Senior Communications Specialist Lydia Jakub, and Senior Labor Relations Attorney Jody Bettenburg. Together, this group spent an enormous amount of time and effort to educate and prepare this pilot group for the new flight and duty limitations and rest requirements. To date, eight educational and prolific Fastreads have been sent to our pilots: an overview of the rule and discussion on Dec. 2 of some of the concepts and definitions contained within; specific details and examples on Dec. 9 of Flight Duty Period (FDP) under the new rules; the Reserve Availability Period (RAP) on Dec. 20; negotiations and grievances on Dec. 23; cumulative limits and rest on Dec. 31; and the most frequently asked questions during the first week of implementation on Jan. 13. Part 117 Implementation – Q&A on Jan. 21, and on Feb. 6, addresses potential issues that may arise. A new MEC webpage specifically for FAR 117 was also developed; this is an "open" page so pilots will not have to login to download all of the FAR 117 FastReads and other available resources. If you prefer hard copies, the group had Tables A & B and a list of contacts in case you have questions printed; these "business cards" are now available in the crew rooms, and copies of the ALPA FT/DT guide will be arriving there within the next few days. The working group also hosted four FAR 117 conference calls—two for all pilots and two that focused specifically on reserve issues. In addition, Tybee was available during the month of January to answer pilot questions in real time, and this month Tyson is available. Lastly, ARW117Questions@alpa.org was established to answer pilot questions, comments, and concerns about the Part 117 rules.

Grievance Committee Members Graham Downing and Ken Nesbitt are now in charge of the Issue Form Branch of the Grievance Committee. If you receive a call or e-mail from Graham or Ken regarding your issue form, please make their job easier by calling them back or responding to their e-mail as quickly as possible. Issues are resolved through an organized and time-critical process in which the filer of the issue form needs to be engaged when requested. 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.

Grievance Committee Chairman Maggie Eickhoff met in MSP on January 6th with ALPA Senior Labor Relations Attorney Jody Bettenburg to discuss ADR settlements, the Unavailable MOU, outstanding issues, the LGA System Board of Adjustment, and 117 interpretations. The Grievance committee was able to affirm that Line Check Airmen are guaranteed the $250.00 stipend during the month when they only attend a LCA ground school. Pilots will now be reimbursed for a passport renewal that involves a name change, once in a ten year period. During a conference call with flight management, Maggie settled a disputed move reimbursement, and discussed return for service dates for a pilot returning from medical leave. In addition, a grievance hearing was held for "first out request" violation – the trip was assigned to a junior captain who had not requested first out, with the same available days. Lastly, the committee has been gathering scheduling tapes and issue forms from pilots refusing part 117 extensions; a MEC group grievance to be filed later this month on this abhorrent practice.

Jumpseat / Security Committee Chairman Nick Chichester fielded several jumpseat questions about policy and procedures on other airlines and has started working on an agreement with Mokulele Airlines in Hawaii. In other news, Nick reports that according to the Securing the Skies Conference held in DC in December, TSA is looking at allowing pilots through the TSA Pre-Check lanes at all airports. This is a work in progress and may take some time to implement. On a separate note, for pilots looking at becoming an FFDO, there is a new option for the transport device. Finally, if anyone has had trouble jumpseating out of PHL on Republic Airlines flights operating as American Eagle, please contact the JS Committee and let them know as soon as possible.

Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Brendan Cantwell reminds ALL PILOTS that there are three total Calls to Action links on the ALPA website, including grassroots movements on reinforced cockpit doors, the Safe Skies Act of 2013, and an undertaking to stop the creation of a new CBP preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi. Many of these issues will affect the future of your career and our industry—the time to act is now. ALPA National could not have made it any easier for you to voice your support for our profession—it’s so easy that you would have to try to not care about your future and choose to ignore your responsibility to secure it. If you want to change the industry, secure your profession and influence changing the federal rules, regulations, and policies that affect you, then you need to help ALPA effect change by donating to the ALPA-PAC. Now is the time to donate to help secure your career and the airline piloting profession. ALL PILOTS - New ALPA website takeaction.alpa.org has been established – visit the website and sign the petition to support ALPA's effort to deny the Norwegian Air International Flag of Convenience Scheme.

The Membership Committee Chairman Brian Gambino asks all pilots to check with their fellow pilots on whether they are receiving ALPA communications. If not, please have them contact the Membership Committee at ARWMembership@alpa.org so that we may remedy the situation. Brian welcomed 31 new hires at 2 New Hire Pilot Classes in Appleton on January 19th and January 20th, and in addition welcomed a group of 10 new hires in Memphis during their simulator training on January 30th. Brian also reports that the ALPA App FAR117 calculator has caused the need for many of our members to have to remember their sign on info for the ALPA website. The membership committee has addressed multiple calls and emails regarding how to access ones ALPA # and password information to be able to sign into the ALPA app. The ALPA App issues have also helped to surface some of our new hire pilots whom were not met in their new hire ground schools. In January alone we have processed applications for 8 "missing" pilots.

Scheduling Committee Chairman Tybee Halter would also like to remind all pilots to be firm, fair, and friendly when dealing with Crew Scheduling. Follow the guidance on the back of your ARW ALPA badge backer and remember that you are on a recorded line. Please report all issues to your Scheduling Committee, even if the issue was satisfactorily remedied by Crew Scheduling or a flight manager. If the issue was unresolved, file an issue form. If you do not have a badge backer, please contact Membership Chairman Brian Gambino at 516-263-4735 or ARWMembership@alpa.org. The scheduling committee would like reserve pilots to email ARWScheduling@alpa.org when the Company extends there FDP via ACARS on the last leg or after their FDP has ended. In addition, pilots that have a 29 minute or less extension should also email the committee. Also, and more importantly, these same pilots should file ASAP reports so the FAA can see these practices.

On behalf of the MEC, I would like to thank all of our volunteers for their dedication and efforts. Much of the progress, achievements, and goals that are realized by ARW ALPA are due to the continued efforts of your volunteers. Thank you.

January 2014 Resignations
By Brian Gambino, Membership Chairman


ID

 

Pilot Name

 

Resignation Date

24637

Edwards, Timothy

1/25/2014

25000

Elgamal, Walid

1/23/2014

14463

Fedorka, William

1/24/2014

2781

Haines, Robert

1/1/2014

14491

Kelley, Michael

1/11/2014

18355

McGinnis, Laurie

1/6/2014

25026

Murphy, Teresa

1/9/2014

23839

Murray, Richard

1/31/2014

25039

Pereira, Joao

1/31/2014

25135

Wagner, David

1/2/2014

7259

Wesenberg, Fredric

1/16/2014

24600

Zick, Daniel

1/31/2014

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Leadership Training in IAD

March 11-13

Secretary/Treasurers’ Conference in IAD

May 13-15

ALPA Executive Board Meeting in IAD

May 24-31

MEC Meeting in YUL

Aug. 4-7

ALPA Air Safety Week in DCA

Oct. 11-17

MEC Meeting

Oct. 20-23

ALPA Board of Directors Meeting

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