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We continue to await a set implementation schedule from the Company. Members of the HMO Humana in San Juan will receive a rebate in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. Also, a reminder from the Central Air Safety Committee regarding the new Auto-Docking system.



 
 
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November 17, 2012
   

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  • Implementation Schedule Still unresolved
  • HMO San Juan Rebate
  • New Auto-Docking System Reminder

We continue to await a set implementation schedule from the Company. Members of the HMO Humana in San Juan will receive a rebate in accordance with the Affordable Care Act. Also, a reminder from the Central Air Safety Committee regarding the new Auto-Docking system.

 
   
 
 
   
     

From The Chairman

 
     

Fellow American Eagle Pilots,

In the weeks since the ratification of our Tentative Agreement, the company has been working on an implementation schedule. I understand this is a topic of great concern for all Eagle pilots but it still remains to be resolved, largely for two reasons.

First, and most obvious, we continue to await final approval of our ratified agreement by the bankruptcy court.  Second, many of the ratified contract changes require either new  or altered software. 

We do know that the company has identified Personal Time Off as the highest priority item for implementation on the first of the New Year.

We will continue to push management to set and share an implementation timeline with specific dates for every item contained in the agreement.

 

Fraternally,

Tony Gutierrez
Captain Tony Gutierrez
MEC Chairman

 
 
       

Humana HMO: San Juan

 
     

This week we received the following information from Company HR: 

American Eagle employees enrolled in the Humana HMO in San Juan will be eligible for a refund because a provision of the Affordable Care Act requires plans to spend at least 85% of premiums collected from the insured on actual health care expenses.   Humana of Puerto Rico did not comply with this provision, and thus by law, have sent a rebate to American Eagle Airlines, the HMO policyholder, the extra premiums.

American Eagle will refund a portion of this rebate to all employees who are enrolled in this HMO.  Amounts distributed will be commensurate to the employee cost share of the premium (30% of total cost of the annual HMO premium for Full Time Employees and 50% for Part Time Ground Employees). 

Impacted employees will see the amount as a one-time paycheck credit in November, which is taxable income. The table below represents all employees enrolled in each HMO and reflects the amount that they will receive based on their full-time or part-time status.


The table below shows the credit that will be applied.  This is not a precedent setting method, as Health Care Reform implementation is progressing and current provisions are subject to change in the future. 

 

Total 2012 Employees Enrolled

Total Rebate Pool

One Time Credit Per Employee

Full Time

227

$10,369.34

$45.68

Part Time

57

$4,339.59

$76.13

We have asked several questions regarding the number of pilots who will receive refunds, the calculations that were performed and the period during which Humana Puerto Rico did not comply with the Affordable Care Act.  We will update you when we receive that information.

 
       

Auto-Docking Reminder

 
     

With the approval of auto-docking, the pilot becomes fully responsible for obstacle avoidance during the parking procedure. As part of the auto-docking procedure, “pilots are to make a visual check of the gate area to be sure it is clear of obstructions in the painted obstacle-free area.”

Currently what constitutes an “obstacle” has not be defined. Therefore, until clarification of what items can be within the painted obstacle-free area is provided, all items within this area are to be considered obstacles. This includes chocks, PCA hoses, and orange safety stanchions.

We are working with the DFW Chief Pilot’s office and have management’s support to hold short of the gate area until the obstacle-free area is completely clear. We expect further clarification from management shortly.

Central Air Safety Committee

 
 

American Eagle MEC Mission Statement

 

The mission of the American Eagle MEC, as a unified and proactive group, is to defend and advance the careers of all Eagle pilots.  We will promote the long term success of our airline, while setting the standard for safety in the industry.

 
   
 

Your MEC Leadership

 
   
 

Position

Name

Contact Information

ASPEN*

Chairman

Tony Gutierrez

3953

Vice Chairman

Dave Ryter

Dave.Ryter@alpa.org
(877) EGL-ALPA

2161

Secretary Treasurer

Gaston Valdovinos

Gaston.Valdovinos@alpa.org
(877) EGL-ALPA

2875

Executive Administrator

Brian Sweep

Brian.Sweep@alpa.org
(877) EGL-ALPA

5337

 
 

Your LEC Representatives

 
   
 

Council 83 Chairman
CA Rep

Val Jester

Val.Jester@alpa.org 
(940) 300-4234

3410

Council 83 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

Kelly Paul

Kelly.Paul@alpa.org 
(903) 641-1608

8858

Council 105 Chairman
CA Rep

Erin Holman

Erin.Holman@alpa.org 
(787) 469-1426

8854

Council 105 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

John Dwyer

John.Dwyer@alpa.org 
(787) 246-6686

8465

Council 114 Chairman

Tim Berberich

Tim.Berberich@alpa.org 
(817) 726-3522

8677

Council 114 Vice-Chairman

Mike Ackerman

Mike.Ackerman@alpa.org 
(817) 798-4352

8676

Council 121 Chairman
CA Rep

Phil Valente

Phil.Valente@alpa.org 
(919) 696-7112

6040

Council 121 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

Sam Pool

Sam.Pool@alpa.org 
(321) 345-3325

5445

Council 126 Chairman
CA Rep

Pete Wallace

Pete.Wallace@alpa.org 
(561) 512-1772

8509

Council 126 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

Luis Caicedo

Luis.Caicedo@alpa.org 
(754) 581-0113

8510

Council 131 Chairman
FO Rep

Herb Mark

Herb.Mark@alpa.org 
(760) 401-1255

8394

Council 131 Vice-Chairman
CA Rep

Bill Sprague

William.Sprague@alpa.org 
(253) 632-1973

6332

Council 133 Chairman
CA Rep

Frank Kletecka

Frank.Kletecka@alpa.org 
(815) 621-3424

5785

Council 133 Vice-Chairman
FO Rep

Ryan Nichols

Ryan.Nichols@alpa.org 
(972) 765-2882

8675

 
 

*To reach a representative via ASPEN please dial (888) FLY-ALPA

 
 

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Council 83

Charles Cornwell


Christopher Ramirez


Ronald Chisum


Angel Torres


Leigh Harlan


Josh Crowley


Justin Ingersoll


William Livingston


David Streit

 

 
 

Council 105

Elias Marzan


Gerardo Olmeda

 

 
 

Council 121

Junaid Javed


Sandra Hintze


Glen Eggert


Christian Barone


Michael Crim


Matthew Donoghue


Paul Leonardi


Spencer Rowe


John Dunning

 

 
 

Council 126

Jennifer Coull


James Funderburk


Roque Soto


Michael Hannapel


Joseph Anthony


Jose Ocasio


Matthew Brauen


Marco Echeverry


John Fisher

 

 
 

Council 133

Aaron Chernenko


Chris Murray


Ronald Ranola


Jeff Cortez


Christopher Holtwick


Joe Kreutzer


Neal Mallam


Andrew Ross


Michael Schneider


Stephanie Wagner


Joshua Brown


Matthew Crowding


Bryant Jasperson


Charles Vaughn

 

 

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