Fellow American Eagle pilots,
You have likely now heard that AA will begin recalling furloughed pilots in January. This means that our flow-through pilots will soon be offered class dates at AA. We currently have 236 flow-through pilots employed at American Eagle and based on their place on the AA pilot seniority list, as well as the number of eligible furloughed AA pilots who had previously deferred recall, it appears that some of our flow-through pilots could be in AA’s February recall class.
Management is in the process of preparing a road-show presentation and will begin a two week visit to all of Eagle’s pilot domiciles the week of December 10th. We are also in the process of setting up meetings with Eagle and AA to obtain answers to questions regarding the transfer process and how it may differ depending on whether the AA pilots ratify their tentative agreement. We will publish those specifics as soon as we have them.
Three facts that we do need to convey: The FAA is requiring that AA obtain documents covered by the Pilot Record Improvement Act (PRIA) as well as a carrier-transfer drug test. Management will soon be sending instructions to all flow-through pilots on how to comply with these requirements. We encourage flow-through pilots who are interested in transferring to AA to move forward with fulfilling these requirements early so that they will not impede or delay your ability to transfer. Filling out a PRIA authorization form or taking a carrier-transfer drug test does not obligate you to accept transfer to AA, but not doing so could impact your eligibility to transfer on the applicable class date.
Secondly, there is not currently any loan package available to pilots who elect to transfer to AA, as was proposed during the 2011 divestiture TA. Pilots who elect to transfer to AA need to be aware that there is a significant initial pay reduction and that there is no current offer by management to assist. We are engaged with management on ways to assist in this transition and if anything materializes from those discussions, we will inform you as soon as possible.
Third, if an Eagle pilot with an AA pilot seniority number declines the opportunity to flow, he will forfeit his AA pilot seniority number and will not be eligible to transfer to AA as part of the “824” agreement, but willbe eligible to transfer to AA as a “Protected Pilot.”
Back to Eagle-specific items: First, management has relayed to ALPA that they are on track to implement the new Personal Time Off (PTO) provision by January 1st. To be clear, management and ALPA are in agreement that no part of the bankruptcy agreement may be implemented without Court approval, which has yet to be obtained. Nonetheless, management is moving forward with preparations in anticipation that Court approval will be obtained in December. At this point, the only specific related to PTO that pilots need to be aware of is that, should you choose to participate in the end of the year 2012 sick-bank payout, this year’s pay-out will occur under the provisions of our current CBA, not the PTO rules that may take effect on January 1st. Having said that, the election you make this December regarding your 2013 sick-bank payout will be subject to the new PTO provisions, so please familiarize yourself with the PTO language prior to making your election regarding your 2013 PTO payout.
Management is also planning on implementing the JFK-LGA Co-Domicile beginning with the contractual month of February. In order to do so, management will be opening the 30-day ‘Opt Out’ window within the next few days. JFK or LGA-based pilots who prefer to transfer to a different domicile, rather than be subject to the new Co-Domicile rules, must notify management of their intention to do so and to which domicile they intend to transfer to during the 30-day window. Pilots who wish do to so will be limited to transfer to a domicile in their current seat and equipment and have sufficient seniority to hold the status to which they intend to transfer. Depending on the size of the population who elects to transfer out of JFK and LGA, management may run a vacancy bid in early January to backfill the New York co-domicile.
We will have more information on both of these new contractual provisions over the next few weeks. In the interim, an electronic version of our ratified bankruptcy agreement is available on the Eagle-ALPA website.
In closing, I want to congratulate Captain Rich Wilkening on his recent appointment to the ALPA National HIMS Committee as the Vice Chairman. If you see Rich on the line, extend your thanks for his continued volunteer work.
Captain Tony Gutierrez