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AA has informed us that the Janurary classes have been filled with recalls and we expect the first opportunity for Eagle pilots to flow will be in February or March. Management will be hosting roadshows in each domicile for information regarding the flow through program. Next week the MEC is scheduled to convene via teleconference to discuss the "low time" pilot LOA to assist some of our pilots in reaching their ATP minimums. Lastly, a reminder regarding use of the auto-docking system in place now at DFW.



 
 
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December 8, 2012
   

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  • EGL pilots to flow to AA in February or March
  • Management road shows regarding flow through
  • MEC meeting via teleconference for "low time" LOA
  • Auto-docking in DFW reminder

AA has informed us that the Janurary classes have been filled with recalls and we expect the first opportunity for Eagle pilots to flow will be in February or March. Management will be hosting roadshows in each domicile for information regarding the flow through program. Next week the MEC is scheduled to convene via teleconference to discuss the "low time" pilot LOA to assist some of our pilots in reaching their ATP minimums. Lastly, a reminder regarding use of the auto-docking system in place now at DFW.

 
   
 
 
   
     

From The Chairman

 
     

Fellow American Eagle pilots:

I hope you were able to get some time with your families during the week of Thanksgiving.

I also want to update you on a number of items that are listed in no particular order.

First, AA has alerted us that it has filled its January 9threcall class with furloughed AA pilots who had previously deferred recall.  AA is now filling its January 23rd class and it appears that class will also be completely occupied by furloughed AA pilots.  As a result, it appears that the first class that Eagle flow-through pilots could be in will occur in February or March.

On that same topic, management is beginning domicile road shows next week during which a management representative will meet with interested flow-through pilots and conduct a presentation that discusses the flow-through process as well as the pros and cons of making the transition to AA.  By next week, we will know whether or not the AA-APA tentative agreement was ratified by the AA pilots and, therefore will also know which contractual provisions will govern their future.  The road show schedule is available on JetNet and is attached to this hotline.

Second, the MEC will be convening via teleconference on Tuesday, December 11th.  The primary agenda for this meeting is to address the “low time” pilot draft LOA and the MEC budget for 2013.  Please make sure that you communicate to your local representatives any input you have on the “low time” pilot draft LOA prior to this meeting.

With reference to our bankruptcy agreement, we are continuing to iron out a few final issues related to claim distribution and expect to have the agreement submitted to the court shortly.  In the interim, management has opened the “opt out” window for those pilots currently based in either LGA or JFK, but who do not want to be part of the new NYC co-domicile once it opens.  Management is planning to implement the NYC co-domicile agreement for the contractual month of February 2013.  In addition, management is targeting implementation of the new Personal Time Off (PTO) concept on January 1st.  We want to remind all pilots that this will not affect pilots’ 2012 sick bank payout, which will still be governed by current contract language.  Lastly, we have a meeting with management next Thursday to discuss the possibility of implementing pay banding on January 1st.  Following this week’s vacancy/displacement bid, management can now construct a seniority list from which it can be determined the pilots who are to be “red circled.”  In addition, we will discuss the size of each pay band at this meeting.  Should we reach agreement on the implementation principles and if management secures court approval prior to January 1st, then the aforementioned three elements of our restructuring agreement could be implemented on the dates above.

We want to reiterate that management cannot implement any element of our restructuring agreement absent court approval.  Therefore, although we are alerting you of management’s proposed timeline for the three elements mentioned above, we also want to be clear that barring court approval in the near future, those elements will not be implemented on that schedule.

On an operational front, we want to caution pilots who operate into and out of DFW that pilots may only follow the auto-docking commands if ALL equipment, including cones, is behind the painted security lines.  This is an FAA mandate.  Management is in the process of amending the FM-1 for pilots and the equivalent manual for ramp agents to allow safety cones to remain outside of the painted security zones but until that revision is approved and distributed, pilots and ramp personnel must comply with the existing rules.  There were numerous meetings with ramp management this week to ensure the ramp agents understand that pilots are not protesting by holding short of the gate despite auto-docking commands to proceed, but are simply complying with FM-1 and FAA requirements to not enter the gate area unless it is completely clear of all equipment.

That is all I have for this week.  Thank you for your attention.

Fraternally,

 

Tony Gutierrez
Captain Tony Gutierrez
MEC Chairman

 
 
 

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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 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

 
 

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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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