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PTO has taken effect as of January 1st and your PTO balance will be updated on your HI1 on the 15th of every month. Pay Banding should be implemented soon and is in the final stages. NYC co-domicile opt-out award has been posted on JetNet. ALPAs E&FA department has calculated and verified that this years IAI adjustments were below the required threshold to yield a payout in 2015. AA has indicated that Eagle pilots should be able to begin flowing in March and we have posted completed PRIA forms that are required to be filled out by flow through pilots on EGL ALPA.



 
 
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January 14, 2013
   

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  • PTO In effect and will be updated on your HI1 on the 15th of every month
  • Pay Banding close to ready for implementation
  • NYC Co-domicile opt-out award posted
  • ALPA E&FA calculated 2013 IAI to not yield a credit in 2015
  • Eagle pilots expected to be able to flow in March
  • Required PRIA paperwork posted on EGL ALPA with instructions and pre-filled out examples

PTO has taken effect as of January 1st and your PTO balance will be updated on your HI1 on the 15th of every month. Pay Banding should be implemented soon and is in the final stages. NYC co-domicile opt-out award has been posted on JetNet. ALPAs E&FA department has calculated and verified that this years IAI adjustments were below the required threshold to yield a payout in 2015. AA has indicated that Eagle pilots should be able to begin flowing in March and we have posted completed PRIA forms that are required to be filled out by flow through pilots on EGL ALPA.

 
   
 
 
   
     

From The Chairman

 
     

Fellow American Eagle pilots:

I wanted to provide you with a status update regarding our new contract and our progress in the bankruptcy process.

First, we have now largely transitioned to Personal Time Off (PTO).  Beginning on January 15th, your January 1st PTO balance should display on your HI1 header.  Management is also finalizing the software changes that display your total PTO and also the breakdown of what was accrued via vacation and what was accrued via sick on your Pay Activity sheet.

Second, we are in the final stages of implementing Pay Banding and expect to post a list of all Captains in each band, the size of each band, and the Captains who are “red circled” by next week.  Once posted, please review this document and contact the people or departments specified with all questions or concerns.

Third, management has now posted the results of the NYC Co-Domicile “opt out” award, and with limited exceptions, all of those status changes will be effective for the contractual month of February.  The number of pilots who successfully “opted out” of LGA and JFK was sizable enough that management has now posted a vacancy / displacement bid which will be processed the week of February 18th.

Fourth, Eagle’s Finance and ALPA’s Economic & Financial Analysis departments have reached agreement on the IAI calculation for 2013. Even though there will be no IAI adjustments made to pay rates for 2013 and 2014, the calculation is still performed in order to determine whether or not it results in a percentage higher than 1.5%.  If this is case in 2013 and/or 2014, then that overage is banked and paid out to the pilot group in 2015.  The calculation for 2013 yielded .48% for Captains and .53% for First Officers, therefore no overage is banked for 2015.

With reference to the flow-through, AA has informed us that it has filled its first class in February largely with pilots who had previously deferred recall.  Therefore, it appears unlikely that Eagle pilots will flow through to AA until the first class in March.  If you were unable to attend one of management’s road shows regarding the flow-through process, please reach out to your chief pilot to receive the information you have missed.  We also want to encourage pilots who wish to transfer to AA to carefully fill out your PRIA paperwork.  We have heard from AA that a number of pilots have incorrectly filled out this paperwork or are leaving pertinent entries blank.  It is our advice that you to submit your contact information to AA along with your completed PRIA paperwork so that AA can contact you if they need additional clarification.  In addition, AA has provided us with an example of filled out PRIA paperwork and an explanatory document.  We have posted this document on the EGL-ALPA website under the “Flow-Through Information” tab.  Please reference it when completing your PRIA paperwork.

In relation to staffing, you have likely heard that Eagle is not meeting its pilot recruitment targets.  We have begun working with management on a comprehensive program to bolster our recruitment, as well as assist our senior pilots who elect to transition to AA.  We do not yet know whether an agreement will be reached but we are working diligently on this front and hope to have some news for you shortly.

Keep in mind that Eagle is removing EMB-135s and ATRs from its fleet in 2013.  Therefore, Eagle will experience some shrinking in 2013 and will not grow until we begin to replace the retired fleets.  This is important because it will provide us with a small amount of temporary relief while we work to ramp up a more robust recruitment program.

Despite this small relief caused by the removal of the 135s and ATRs, immediate action is required, or we are likely to face a staffing shortage of historic proportions.  Further exacerbating our staffing shortage will be the implementation of much needed new Flight Time – Duty Time rules in January 2014.  In mid-to-late 2014, we could be implementing a Preferential Bidding System that would slightly alleviate staffing pressure.  Suffice it to say, there are going to be some growing pains as we ramp up recruitment, implement a major contract revision, negotiate and potentially implement PBS, and comply with a significant change to flight time and duty time regulations.

Eagle is not the only regional airline feeling this pain.  Contrary to recent press articles and comments by mainline public relations “experts,” many regionals are now missing recruitment targets and are unable to create an applicant pool due to the lack of pilot applicants who meet the new Congressional pilot employment requirements.  While mainline carriers want the public to think this is not affecting them, this is simply untrue.  American Airlines receives from its regional network over two billion dollars in connect revenue each year.  If American is unable to maintain or grow that regional network due to a lack of qualified pilots, then it will lose connecting customers and the associated revenue, and will simply have fewer customers.

The American Eagle pilots demonstrated a united front during the divestiture negotiations and also in the bankruptcy negotiations.  That unity was invaluable and resulted in us reaching an historic bankruptcy agreement.  Now we are in a different phase of this process and your unity and assistance is as important as ever.  We need you to engage your MEC Pilot-2-Pilot volunteers with questions and concerns so that they can funnel that information back to us.  2013 is going to have its challenges.  Some of those will be easily resolved and some of them are going to be difficult.  Rest assured, your MEC is as dedicated as ever to protecting your interests and your future.

In conclusion, many of you have expressed concern over the fact that management has yet to publish the fleet plan associated with its bankruptcy restructuring.  Please remember that the fleet plan cannot be published until the UCC approves AMR’s bankruptcy restructuring plan.  And while AMR’s bankruptcy nears completion and the normal next step would be to seek approval of that plan, that process is currently on hold while AMR explores whether a merger with US Airways is advantageous to its stand-alone plan.  We expect this analysis to be completed near the end of January and for management to seek approval for its bankruptcy restructuring plan shortly thereafter.

Fraternally,

 

Tony Gutierrez
Captain Tony Gutierrez
MEC Chairman

 

 
 
 

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 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

 
 

Your P2P Volunteers: http://eagle.alpa.org/p2p

 
   
 

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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jared.dirkmaat@alpa.org

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