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.
Captain Tony Gutierrez