In This Update


  • A Message From the Master Chairman, Captain Wendy Morse

  • Merger News/Information: JNC Update

  • Enhanced Airline Pilot Security Screening Takes Off at Chicago O’Hare

  • Call To Action: Tell the President to Release the FT/DT Rule Now!

  • FAQ About Job Opportunities at CAL For Furloughed United Pilots

  • Committee Updates/Reports: SSC; Security/Hotel; R&I; SPSC

  • We Remember 9/11: Upcoming Events

  • Family Awareness Event Schedule

  • Straight And Level

  • Local Council Meetings/Events

A Message From the Master Chairman, Captain Wendy Morse


Captain Jay Pierce and I began road shows together this week and we found them very beneficial.  We know the frustration that you feel, and as I said to those of you who attended, no one is more frustrated than I.  The best part about road shows is they provide an opportunity for an exchange of information – we can inform you about what is going on or not going on, we can clear up misconceptions and we can hear from you.  As I have said, we do not have a monopoly on good ideas.  Thank you to those of you who took your summer day to meet with us.


For those of you who attended, my message this week will be repetitive, and I apologize in advance.   When you do MEC jobs, you find yourself thinking about what is wrong and why things are as they are.  You contemplate why guys don’t understand what you consider to be the basic tenets of unionism and how things work.  Having “grown up” here at United, I and my peers were mentored by those who came before us.  They shared their experiences and beliefs, and told us “the way things were.”  They talked about the industry, the airlines, unionism and pensions and why pension funding was so important.  In my twenties, pensions weren’t my primary concern, but I listened, and I stored the information.  They had all kinds of sayings, advice and wisdom such as “hotels specialize in sleeping, restaurants specialize in eating.”  They talked about saving, not using credit, and were sometimes a little outdated in their thinking like don’t use credit cards, not realizing that it was just a means to your money and you pay the bill every month.  They had a lot of information about life and living to share.  They were crusty old guys, and we listened.


Ok, we didn’t emulate everyone we flew with.  Upon realizing that no coffee was coming about an hour into the flight and asking what could be going on and suggesting that it was time to make a request for this important sustenance, the Captain confessed that it might not be too forthcoming.  It seemed that his first ex-wife was the A, and his second ex-wife working the aft galley, all with his current wife sitting in first class.  From him we learned what not to do.


But we learned about the Railway Labor Act, about the history of our union, and about how to start volunteering at the bottom, as the more active union jobs required seasoning and proving oneself.  We were told what the leadership meant and the strategies and considerations involved.  There was little question about what he means when he says, “ … because we had been educated.”  Captain reps told first and second officer reps new to the MEC table to keep their mouths shut unless something just had to be said, and to listen and learn for the first several meetings.  From that how to influence the process was learned effectively.  We were well mentored by those gray hairs that came before us.


So what has happened in the years since those guys flew their last flight?  We have become the gray hairs, and we have not mentored and held up our end of the bargain.  Why is it that we have so stepped over our responsibility? 


Again, when you do an MEC job, you think about the whys.  It used to be that you couldn’t be hired after age 31.  As a result, old guys were senior and young guys were junior.  The line was a consistent incline with age and seniority laid over one another.  We flew first and second officer for Captains that made it to the left seat after 20 years or more, and who retired off of the 727.  Things changed sometime thereafter.  I don’t remember when it changed, but it changed.  You no longer had to be 31 or younger to get hired.  We hired retired military guys in their 40s, unheard of previously.  We hired corporate guys who had been around the industry for a while.  So our young Captain group was met with first officers our age and older.  These guys were experienced aviators but new airline pilots and union members.  Our society is set up for the old to lecture the young, and we were taught to respect our elders, but not the other way around.  As a result we did not mentor and the education has not been continued. 


Having said all this, it is important to note that mentoring can be two way.  We have had CLR for 30 years.  Information, education and wisdom can be passed in both directions.  It is our obligation as union members to explain the history, what things mean and why to each other, and to pass it on.  Hopefully someday soon we will have some new hires to pass our knowledge along to.


So please, let’s all step up and start educating each other.  It is long overdue. 


Next subject: Building a Case

While we have no specifics, we do not infrequently get wind that those at the head shed are conspiring to attempt to build a case to take us back to court to allege violation of the injunction.  This could be in order to deflect blame or to create a distraction from the fact that the merger is not going as expected.  Management has shown again recently with regard to the CAL understaffing issue that they will make claims that include allegations that pilots are responsible for management’s dismal planning, despite our  forewarning.  They will be using statistics to bolster their claims, just as they did in court for the original injunction.


To counteract their spurious claims we need our own statistics, so please use the UAL-MEC's Pilot Data Reporting System to report the reason for any delay or problem encountered on the line, no matter how insignificant it may appear to you.  Any time you block out late, ask Dispatch what delay code has been assigned.  If it is a delay improperly coded as a KC delay, file a PDR.  We learned this week in our road shows that not a large percentage of our members know about the PDR or Pilot Data Reporting System.  The PDR system is designed for you to report information to us so we may address the issues and for us to keep data on issues that arise.  To access this system, click on the link in the yellow block at the top of this update.  The same link can be found on the MEC website. 


For those of you who like bullets instead of prose, here is a recap of my message

  • Mentor each other

  • Explain our airline, industry, unionism

  • We are a CLR airline – mentoring works from both seats

  • Use the UAL-MEC's Pilot Data Reporting System to report the reason for any improperly coded delay or problem encountered on the line


Joint Negotiating Committee Update

The Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) and management negotiated this week in Boston under the supervision of the National Mediation Board mediator.  Both ALPA’s Economic and Financial Analysis team (E&FA) and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from the CAL and UAL System Scheduling Committees joined the JNC.  Additionally, SMEs from the UAL and CAL Safety Committees joined the JNC in a discussion with management and their safety SMEs on the Fatigue Risk Management Program that will be developed for the new airline.


Tuesday, the JNC worked on counters to Sections 13 - Sick Leave, and 15 - Worker’s Compensation Benefits.  Counters to both of these sections were presented to management on Wednesday morning. 


Wednesday afternoon, the JNC met with management to continue to develop language on sections for which there are agreements in principle (AIP).


On Thursday morning, a productive meeting was held on the topic of Fatigue Risk Management and the programs being developed to manage this new area of the operation.  SMEs from both sides joined in frank discussions and came away with a better understanding of the process.  Hopefully this will lead to a Letter of Agreement defining our role in both the development and implementation phases of the process. 


Thursday afternoon the JNC met with management to discuss the joint Management/E&FA costing of the scheduling sections project.  This week, the first phase of the project came to a close.  The JNC and management agreed the data supported moving forward with continued negotiation of the scheduling sections.  Management, which currently has possession of the scheduling sessions, will begin preparations of counters to get the process started.  The joint Management/E&FA costing of the scheduling sections will now move forward to a new phase of refining the data created as the proposals are advanced toward conclusion.  After the meeting on the scheduling costing, management passed counters to Sections 4 - Expenses, Lodging, and Transportation, 13 - Sick Leave, and 15 - Worker’s Compensation Benefits.  These sections are narrowing down to just a few open issues.


Next week the JNC and management will again be meeting in Boston.  The JNC will be working on counters to the four sections currently in the JNC’s possession (Expenses, Lodging, and Transportation; Sick Leave; Workers Compensation; and Letters of Agreement).  The remainder of the open sections resides with management.  The following week, mediated negotiations will resume in Boston.


As always, please stay connected to the process by reading updates from the MEC and your local Council representatives.


Jay Heppner                                                    Dave Owens
UAL-MEC Negotiating Committee              CAL-MEC Negotiating Committee





Enhanced Airline Pilot Security Screening Takes Off at Chicago O’Hare

The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) and the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) on Tuesday began operating the first test site for the Known Crewmember program at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Known Crewmember, a new enhanced security-screening program for airline crew members, positively verifies a pilot’s identity and employment status, strengthening aviation security and shortening screening lines for passengers.


“Since 2007, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, has led a national effort, engaging with the Air Transport Association, the Transportation Security Administration, and the airlines, to make the Known Crewmember program a reality,” said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s president. “This enhanced screening process recognizes the extensive background checks pilots receive as part of their employment and, importantly, airline pilots’ critical role and responsibility in securing their aircraft each and every time they fly.”


“We are pleased to join with ALPA to advance an enhanced security-screening system that can improve security and reduce line congestion, benefiting both passengers and crew members,” said ATA President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “We urge the TSA to include flight attendants in the Known Crewmember screening system so that they – and the traveling public – may also benefit from this enhanced screening system.”


The Known Crewmember program enables Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers to positively verify the identity and employment status of airline flight crew members. As a result, airline pilots, who already undergo thorough criminal background and employment checks as a condition of their employment, will be subject to a more efficient security-screening process.


It is the goal of ALPA and the ATA to make the program available to all U.S. airline pilots, and more than a dozen airlines already have connected to the system. The program, which links airline employee databases, initially will be available only to pilots, but ALPA, like the ATA, has asked the TSA to include flight attendants in the future.


The trial phase for the first three Known Crewmember access points began Tuesday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Four more access points are slated to open at Miami International Airport later this month, with additional sites scheduled to begin operating later this year at airports including Boston Logan International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.


Call To Action

Support One Level of Safety - Tell the President to Release the FT/DT Rule Now!

August 10, 2011 – A final rule on pilot flight/duty and rest rules was required by Congressional mandate on August 1, 2011. To date, the rule is stalled because of pressure by certain segments of our industry who are petitioning the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to derail the rule. ALPA pilots are urged to make their voice heard and tell the President to promote One Level of Safety. 


Take action now | Read more


FAQ About Job  Opportunities at CAL For Furloughed United Pilots

There has been a number of questions presented to the MEC regarding the recent announcement of job opportunities for furloughed United pilots at Continental.


MEC Furlough Coordinator Todd Coomans has prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document that addresses many of the questions furloughed pilots have had over these job opportunities.


Please Click Here to access the FAQ document.



Important notice from the System Schedule Committee regarding September 2011 bidding (through the winter): due to the company’s planned reduction in flight hours for the fall/winter, line averages in many categories will be much lower than the last several months this summer.  All categories could be affected, but the most dramatic reduction is on the 757/767 and A320.


While lower line averages are generally a good thing to a point, pilots need to look out for some pitfalls. It could be difficult or impossible for many pilots to get the number of hours they’re used to getting. “Reverse forcing” will come into play meaning that in order to build the number of regular lines the company wants, pilot preferences may be denied. In some cases, even the most senior pilots will not be able to get everything they want. You should ensure your bid protects you in this environment.  For example, protect the things which are most important to you (e.g., specific days off, commutability, pairing length, pairing layover, etc.) with a higher weighting  than a bid for a certain amount of credit time (e.g., line credit value, desire/avoid credit).   Pilots who are senior enough to bid individual pairings need to ensure they back up their bids to protect the days off they want and to also have a “plan B” based on general line characteristics (trip types, days off, credit hours) in case they can’t get the number of trips or hours they’re used to having.   


Questions about bidding should be e-mailed to your local PBS representative or to the SSC at Questions should be sent as early as possible to ensure a response before bids close.


The following is from MEC Security Committee Chairman First Officer Scott Graham and Hotel Committee Chairman First Officer John Briggs:


As reported on the nightly news, riots are breaking out in the surrounding areas of London. Consequently, your ALPA Security and Hotel Committees would like to summarize the threat and remind you to take additional precautions while on layover in London, England.

The Threat:

• Currently there are no specifically directed threats against United Airline’s personnel travelling to London and other cities in the United Kingdom. The threat is general in nature.
• At the time of this writing there seems to be no heighted state of concern in the immediate area surrounding the Cumberland Hotel and downtown London. While unrest has affected several locations around London, it has remained localized to residential areas several miles away from downtown London. Obviously the situation can change at a moment’s notice.
• There is a general sense that the risk of widespread violence is likely to be mitigated following the deployment of additional police officers, as well as the arrests of numerous rioters.

Additional Precautions:

• Exercise increased vigilance with regard to your surroundings while out.
• Never venture out alone, especially during evening and night hours.
• Avoid travelling through outlying residential areas.
• Avoid demonstrations and gatherings that you may encounter.
• Report suspicious or unusual activity to local law enforcement.

The Security and Hotel Committees will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide further updates, if needed.


Last month, the company erroneously sent to ALPA pilots a “Summary of Material Modification,” or SMM that should have been sent only to test pilots.  The benefits and changes to benefits listed in that document do not apply to ALPA pilots but only pertain to the Test Pilot group.  The Company realizes all pilots received this notification and they are working on a letter to explain the error.  They will send this letter with the appropriate SMM to ALPA pilots within the next few weeks. 


SMMs are a compliance communication designed to outline significant changes to benefits that require written notification. SMMs highlight changes to “Summary Plan Descriptions,” or SPDs. The SPDs for our benefits can be found on Skynet, under Employee Services Tab, Easy Links, Summary Plan Descriptions and then select Pilots.


The R&I Committee would like to remind you that the SMMs and SPDs are the company’s summary view of our benefits. In any type of coverage dispute, our contractual language is always the determining factor regarding our benefits. If you have any question, please contact the R&I Committee at


Informational Picket Notice: August 21, Denver, Colo.




Dozens of pilots have already committed to join their union brothers and sisters in an impressive show of unity.  If you are able and haven’t done so already, please email your R.S.V.P. and take advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate your displeasure with the pace of JCBA negotiations.


Date:  Sunday, August 21


Time:  2 p.m. meeting/briefing, 3:30 p.m. march


Meeting/Briefing Location:  Sheraton Denver Downtown, 1550 Court Place


Picket Location:  Colorado Convention Center, Stout St. & N. Speer Blvd.


Attire:  Summer uniform with hat


Please R.S.V.P. to


ATTENTION COMMUTERS!:  If you are flying in for the event and want a ride to the Sheraton, please send a request with your R.S.V.P. to as soon as possible.




On Sunday, August 21, UCH CEO Jeffrey A. Smisek will be a keynote speaker at the Global Business Travel Association convention in Denver, Colo.  At 5 p.m. in the Colorado Convention Center’s Wells Fargo Theatre, Mr. Smisek will discuss “The World’s Largest Airline.”  


Council 33’s Officers are providing a meeting room on August 21 at the Sheraton Downtown Denver hotel, where participants are asked to arrive at 2 p.m.  After an officer update, Q&A opportunity, and picket briefing we will march to and conduct informational picketing outside the Colorado Convention Center, near the intersection of Stout Street and North Speer Boulevard.  


You and your family are invited and encouraged to attend.  Consider bringing a change of clothes for socializing afterward.  Whether you are furloughed or active, UAL or CAL, please take advantage of this opportunity to demonstrate our resolve.


Fraternally and Respectfully,


Captain Garth Thompson

Local Strike Chairman – Denver

United MEC Strategic Planning and Strike Committee


Captain Vince Zagarella

Local Strike Vice Chairman – Denver

United MEC Strategic Planning and Strike Committee


First Officer Doug Evans

SPSC  Picket Coordinator - Denver

United MEC Strategic Planning and Strike Committee 


Call To Action: Ohio Pilots for the Cleveland Airshow/Labor Day Parade



Plan your September bid accordingly to Join your fellow Pilots and other Labor Groups as we march in the 3rd Annual Cleveland Labor Day Parade.  Then spend time on the flight line - CLEVELAND AIRSHOW/BURKE LAKEFRONT.  Tickets available.


Point of Contact:  J.D. Williams, (330) 518-3463,


When:  September 3


Where:  Parma, Ohio


Assembly/Parade Time:  9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.


Airshow: Noon – 5 p.m.


The Continental MEC's SPSC will once again be hosting a Family Awareness event at the Cleveland Air Show over the Labor Day weekend Sept. 3-4. United pilots are invited to join in this annual event.


This historically popular event will feature seating along the flight line with a loge tent, food and beverages. Please join us at this great venue for Continental and United pilots and families to meet the union leadership, ask questions and get the latest information on contract negotiations, all while enjoying a world class air show. More information about the air show and scheduled acts can be found at

The event is open to all UAL and CAL pilots and immediate families for a nominal charge of $5 per ticket to help defray expenses.

Online registration is now open and these tickets go FAST.
CLICK HERE to sign up. Please note that PayPal payment is required during the registration process. Tickets and parking passes will be mailed to the address indicated during registration and will arrive approximately one (1) week before the event. Tickets are limited and will go quickly, so please sign up early to reserve your spot.


Wall Street Picket, September 27



We’re taking it to the street – WALL STREET!


On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the pilots of United and Continental will march in New York City. Together, as the New United pilots, we take our message to the heart of the global financial world.


Mark the date, Sept. 27, on your calendar and don’t forget to bid off for the day!


The staging area will be in lower Manhattan and sign-in will commence at 0900 at that location. Bus transportation will be provided, with buses departing from EWR (0745) and LGA (0815), and leaving lower Manhattan to return at approximately 1545 following the rally. For commuting pilots who will be arriving the day before the event, we will be offering a “Host-a-Pilot” program where pilots will be able to request a place to stay the night of Sept. 26, and pilots in the Newark area can offer to host a pilot for the night.






 Mark the date, September 27, on your calendar and don’t forget to bid off for the day


September 11, 2011 Memorial Ceremonies Summary


Ground Zero, New York City: The National Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, Shanksville, Pa. and at the Pentagon. Due to capacity restrictions, the memorial will be dedicated on Sept. 11, 2011 in a special ceremony for the victims’ families only. A small coalition of invited United Airlines and American Airlines pilots will be attending the ceremony to represent all members of both pilots unions, and to pay our respects of 9/11. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush and Mayor Rudy Giuliani are expected to attend this event. The memorial opens to the public on Sept. 12, 2011 with the reservation of a free visitor pass. More information is available at



Shanksville, PA: The National Park Service in Shanksville, Pa. will be hosting several events honoring the crew and passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 during the upcoming 10th anniversary weekend of Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Uniformed airline crew members are welcome and encouraged to attend any or all of the upcoming public events, which can be found by clicking here. There will be a dedication for the new permanent memorial on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 12:30 p.m. and the 10th anniversary commemorative service will be held on the morning of Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m.  

If you plan to attend, or need more information, please contact UA Capt. Brian Florence at 815-307-2976 or . Brian will be in Shanksville throughout the weekend with hopes to coordinate a unified group at the ceremonies to honor our fallen United Airlines crew members. For those attending, full uniform (jacket and hat) is recommended. Large crowds are expected, so please plan accordingly.


 Yardley, PA: The 9/11 Remembrance at the Garden of Reflection will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. with the ringing of a fire bell, and will conclude at 10:10 a.m. with the placement of a memorial wreath. The Garden of Reflection is located at 1950 Woodside Rd. in Yardley, Pa. Pilots who want to attend this event in uniform should contact UA Capt. Joe Claffey at (215) 439-6821 or More information is available at


 Yardley, PA: The eighth-annual 9/11 Garden of Reflection 5K run/walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17. The Garden of Reflection was created to remember and honor all of the nearly 3,000 killed on Sept. 11, 2001, including 18 from Bucks County. The run/walk raises money for the ongoing maintenance of the memorial. Please visit or call 215-630-6655 for additional information.


Mount Laurel, NJ: The LeRoy W. Homer Foundation will host a Sept. 11 memorial event on Aug. 20 called “For the Love of Flight.” LeRoy Homer was one of the two pilots on United Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pa.

The Aug. 20 event, which includes dinner, drinks and a silent auction, will be held at the Laurel Creek Country Club in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Tickets cost $100. The event will benefit the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation scholarship awards program. Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis to aspiring young adults who wish to pursue careers as professional pilots. The foundation also promotes awareness about aviation careers to disadvantaged youth. For more information on the event or the foundation, visit or call 1-800-388-1647. Pilots may also contact UA Capt. Brian Florence at 815-307-2976 or .

Click here to watch a YouTube video about LeRoy Homer.



Pentagon: Pentagon ceremonies on Sept. 11, 2011 are expected to be for family members of the victims and survivors only. ALPA and APA are planning to have a small group of uniformed pilots at this event.

ALPA Herndon Memorial:  A memorial service and gathering will be held beginning at 08:00am at the September 11th Memorial directly in front of the ALPA Herndon Office. Pilots who want to attend this event in uniform should contact UA F/O Glenn Klopfer at (202) 423-6350 or

Washington Nationals Baseball Game v. Houston Astros:  APA DCA Family Awareness is pleased to host an afternoon at the Washington Nationals Ballpark on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1:35 p.m. In observance of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Washington Nationals will conduct a pre-game memorial ceremony on the field. Uniformed American Airlines and United Airlines pilots will participate in this event, representing pilots, flight attendants and passengers lost on that day. APA has purchased a limited amount of tickets as a gift for United Pilots and their families. For tickets and general information, please contact AA Captain Peter Q. Nyce III at 301-873-4131 or  Please identify yourself as a United Pilot. This is a wonderful way to honor those lost on that tragic day.



Grapevine, Texas: The 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation will host morning and evening memorial ceremonies on Sept. 11, 2011. Ceremonies begin at 7:30 a.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. The 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial is located north of D/FW Airport at 1000 Texan Trail in Grapevine. The foundation encourages uniformed crew members to show their support for this event. For questions or comments, contact Gatlen Sisk at (972) 814-6420 or For additional information, visit



Denver, CO: The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund is holding the 2011 Golden Wings Gala at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver on Sunday, September 11th, 2011 from 5 – 10PM. Guest speakers include UAL Ret. Capt. Al Haynes and Emcee Amelia Earhart from Channel 9 News. A silent auction will be part of this memorable evening. The following day the First Annual Golden Wings Golf Tournament will be held at the Pinehurst Country Club with registration beginning at 07:30am and a Shotgun Start at 09:00am. For more information or to register for either of these events please contact UA Capt. Jeff Cramer at (303) 810-5507 or .


Colorado Springs, CO: The City of Colorado Springs and a group of dedicated citizens is pleased to host a Day of Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 8 a.m. This is the official event for the greater Colorado Springs area and will include distinguished speakers, honor guards from the fire, police and the USAF Academy, a choir and a flyby by the Colorado National Guard. Additionally, we have been invited to have two pilots in full uniform from both American and United as official guests to honor our brothers and sisters who were lost. For more information, please visit To volunteer  or ask any additional questions, please contact American Airlines First Officer Christine Daniel at 530-227-4741 or



San Diego, CA: The New York Fire Department Retirees of Southern California has invited us to participate in their annual 9/11 Memorial for First Responders. All are invited to attend, friends and family, it is free and open to the public.  We ask those who have uniforms to come in full uniform. The ceremony will begin at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 11, 2011 on the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum, 910 North Harbor Drive, alongside Navy Pier. Services will include: The Presentation of the Colors by the US Marine Corp Honor Guard, the San Diego Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, the San Diego Fire Dept., Orange County Fire Dept., the US Border Patrol, the Irvine Police Dept., Singing of the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by the US Navy Band and a four jet flyover in the Missing Man Formation, an eleven star wreath presentation by the Commander of US Navy Southwest, and Guest Speakers. This will then be followed by the reading of names, SDFD Helicopter Flyover, 21 Gun Salute, and Twin Taps.


Since this years’ anniversary memorial is so special the dinner reception, hosted by the FDNY Retirees of California, will be held on the flight deck of the USS Midway immediately following the memorial ceremony so stay and enjoy a wonderful reception, complete with entertainment, good friends, and hopefully a marvelous sunset. For more information or to participate in the event please contact UA AFA Flight Attendant Vicki Jurgens at  or 847-292-7170 ext. 521.



Sumas, WA: The Border Memorial is pleased to host a 9/11 Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. in Sumas, WA. This cross-border tribute is hosted by fire and police departments from Canada and United States. Uniformed pilots from American Airlines and United, as well as other carriers, are encouraged to attend this event. For questions, please contact American Airlines pilot Gary de Bont at 360-988-7440 or


Bremerton, WA: The Kitsap 9/11 Memorial will have its ground-breaking ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 12 p.m. at the City of Bremerton's Evergreen Rotary Park. The Evergreen Rotary Park is within walking distance of Bremerton's Washington State Ferry terminal. The Kitsap 9/11 Memorial Committee was able to obtain two of the largest pieces of steel released by the Ports of New York and New Jersey.

We would like to have as many uniformed pilots and cabin crew members at our ceremony. We want to have American Airlines crews, United crews as well as any other airline aircrew members that would like to attend.  For more online information, please visit our Web site at  

If you have any questions, please contact Capt. Pete Lara at (253) 441-1986 or


9/11 Memorial Contacts

The UALMEC Family Awareness 9-11 Committee has established local points of contact regarding the memorial observances for September 11, 2011. A summary of the observances planned follows this list of your Points of Contact for these events:




Point Of Contact:



Mt. Laurel, NJ

Captain Brian Florence

7:00pm - 10:00pm

LeRoy Homer Commemorative Event


Mt. Laurel Country Club

(815) 307-2976



Flt. 93 Memorial Site (Shanksville, PA)

Captain Brian Florence

12:30pm - 2:30pm

Dedication of the National Memorial

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Lighting of Luminaria, Memorial Plaza

(815) 307-2976



Flt. 93 Memorial Site (Shanksville, PA)

Captain Brian Florence

09:30am - 11:30am

Memorial Ceremony


(815) 307-2976



NYC Ground Zero

Limited access, TBD


Special Family Ceremony only.



Open access begins 9/12/2011




DC Pentagon

Limited access, TBD


Special Family Ceremony only.



Herndon ALPA Memorial Site

UA – Glenn Klopfer

08:00am - 11:00am

Memorial Ceremony


Alternate site for those unable Pentagon

(202) 423-6350



DC Washington Nationals Ballgame

Captain Peter Nyce (APA)

11:30am - 1:30pm

National Anthem color guard on-field

1:35pm - 5:30pm

Nationals vs. Houston Astros ballgame




Yardley, PA - Garden of Reflection

Captain Joe Claffey

08:30am - 10:30am

Memorial Ceremony


(215) 439-6821



ATL – Paulding County Sherriff’s Dept.

Captain Dennis Tate/Barry Davis

09:00am - 11:00am

Memorial Ceremony


(404) 964-1106



Grapevine, TX - Flight Crew Memorial

UA – Gatlen Sisk


Memorial Ceremony


Candlelight vigil

(972) 814-6420



Denver, CO

Captain Jeff Cramer

5:00pm - 10:00pm

Jason Dahl Fund Gala Event


(303) 810-5507





Denver, CO

Captain Jeff Cramer

09:00am - 3:00pm

Jason Dahl Fund Golf Event


(303) 810-5507



Colorado Springs, CO

Christine Daniel (APA)


Memorial Ceremony


America The Beautiful Park

(530) 227-4741



Bremerton, WA

Captain Pete Lara


Memorial Ceremony/Groundbreaking


Evergreen-Rotary Park

(253) 441-1986



San Diego, CA

Vicki Jurgens (AFA)


Memorial Ceremony


USS Midway Museum

847-292-7170 ext. 521


The UALMEC Family Awareness 9-11 Committee is working to promote and support the named foundations honoring our fallen brothers as well as ensure all information regarding the memorial observances are available to all. Please consider attending and/or supporting the events below:


LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation: Commemorative Event


Saturday evening, August 20, 2011, 7pm.

An event commemorating the events of September 11, 2001 and the creation of the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation will be held at:


Laurel Creek Country Club
701 Centerton Rd.
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054


Food, drinks and a silent auction to be held. Many special guests to include former scholarship recipients, public officials and honorary board members.


Tickets available or call 1-800-338-1647.


9-11 Garden of Reflection Memorial: Ride of Reflection

The 9-11 Memorial Ride of Reflection, Saturday, September 10th is being held to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on our nation. Change Note: The ride will be held Saturday, September 10 and now will be a FREE Warriors' Watch Riders Ride Honor and Remembrance, on which there will be three stops in Buck's County - the Garden of Reflection 9/11 Memorial, Washington's Crossing National Park, and the new Washington's Crossing National Veterans Cemetery. This ride is NOT a fund-raiser, it is an honor ride. The Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial is the official Pennsylvania Memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


Please Click Here for more information on the 9-11 Memorial Ride of Reflection.


Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund: Gala and Golf Tournament


Capt. Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund


Golden Wings Gala, Sept. 11th

The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund is holding the 2011 Golden Wings Gala at Pinehurst Country Club in Denver, Colorado ( from 5 - 10 PM.  Guest speakers include UAL Retired Captain Al Haynes (UAL Flight 232, Sioux City, Iowa 1989).  Our emcee is Amelia Earhart from Channel 9 News in Denver, Colorado.


A Silent Auction will be available for online bidding on August 1, 2011. A live auction with terrific getaway, flight, and simulator experience packages, along with other adventurous activities will be held during the Gala on Sunday night September 11, 2011.


Please come celebrate with us! 100% of the net proceeds benefit future aviation professionals. For information about our scholarship fund please visit


Golden Wings Golf Tournament, Sept. 12th

The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund and Pinehurst Country Club have teamed up to host The First Annual Golden Wings Golf Tournament and you’re invited to join us in this celebration of the future of flight.


The Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund was established in 2002 by Sandy Dahl (Jason’s wife) and concerned friends.   The Fund is a Colorado Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and awards annual scholarships to aspiring college students enrolled in a degree program leading towards profession pilot employment.


Over the past 9 years the Scholarship fund has awarded 20 scholarships, 10 scholarships to Metropolitan College of Denver students, and 10 scholarships to San Jose State University students.  For the last two years the scholarships have been awarded at a $5,000 level.


This year the Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship Fund is also awarding 5 $1,000 scholarships nationwide to students at accredited colleges pursuing degree programs leading to professional pilot employment.


Please join us as we celebrate the future of aviation in Jason’s name.


Click Here for more information on the Golden Wings Golf Tournament.


8th Annual Garden of Reflection 5k Run/Walk

The Garden of Reflection 9-11 Memorial was created to remember and honor all 2,973 killed on September 11, 2001—incuding the 18 from Bucks County. It is situated in Memorial Park amid the natural beauty of historic Bucks County farmland in Lower Makefield Township. It is the Official Pennsylvania Memorial to the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


The 5k Run/Walk, now in its 8th year, raises money for the ongoing maintenance of the memorial. Thanks to our generous sponsors and participants, this race has raised over $85,000 toward this effort.


For more information please visit .


Information regarding the specifics of this year’s September 11th observance ceremonies will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead. Please review the MEC Update for the latest information and points of contact.


In the weeks and months ahead the SPSC Family Awareness Committee is working to provide family gatherings around the country.  We are joining with our CAL brothers and sisters and their Families.   We are unifying as one voice, to tell this management that we deserve a contract and we deserve it now. Attend an event near you. We are 12,000 strong. We are ALPA.


The length of time and the quality of our contract will be largely determined by the solidarity of the United & Continental Pilots.


Solidarity means showing up.


The time for complaining in cockpits and crew lounges is over.


It’s time to stand up, stand out, and be heard.


Now is the time to get the contract we deserve.


Please visit the Family Awareness Committee link on the MEC website for your local contact information and event calendar. 


August, 2011










Henderson, NV

Jimmy Eberle’s BarBQ and Swim Party. 4-8 pm


Aug 20th, 2011

Jim Lara


Durham, NC

Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Game time 7pm


August 27, 2011

Tim Knight



September, 2011










Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Air & Water Show

Saturday & Sunda, Sept. 3 & 4

J.D. Williams



Winchester, VA

Billy's Chili Love Fest

Noon to 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Bill Sherrod


Burnsville, MN

Margo and Dan Swanson’s 16th Annual World Famous Oktoberfest Party,

4 p.m. - ???

Saturday, Sept. 24

Dan Swanson


Oceanport, NJ

Monmouth Park Race Track

11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 25

Denise Silkworth












For more information, please visit the Family Awareness Committee link on the MEC Website, contact your local coordinator or the Family Awareness Committee Chairman, Shawn Murray, at or (508) 566-6743. See you there!


Recent Events 2011 







August 2011



 Scarborough, ME

 Stu Lacognata Pool Party

 Held 8/6/2011




July 2011



Winchester, VA Blue Fox Billiards Held 7/30/2011
Kings Beach, CA The Grid Bar and Grill Held 7/29/2011
Lone Tree, CO Brunzwick Zone Bowl & Social Held 7/26/2011

Cleveland, OH

100th Bomb Group Restaurant

Held 7/18/2011

Jacksonville, FL

Engine 15 Brewing Company

Held 7/18/2011

Sacramento, CA

Bocce Pizza Night

Held 7/17/2011

Third Lake, IL

BBQ, Boating & Fun

Held 7/16/2011

Phoenix, AZ

Tony Jones House

Barbecue & Swim party

Held 7/16/2011

Houston, TX

Tommy Bahamas Restaurant

Held 7/7/2011

Annapolis, MD

July 4th Fireworks @ Bold’s

Held 7/4/2011




June 2011



Lake Mohawk, NJ


Held 6/26/2011

Poplar Grove, IL

AA/UA Family Picnic

Held 6/18/2011

Westminster, CO

Fat Cats Bowling

Held 6/15/2011

Madison, WI

Schwoegler Park Towne Lanes

Held 6/14/2011

Simi Valley, CA

Family BBQ Rancho Simi Park

Held 6/11/2011

Parker, CO

“Cruise-In” BBQ/Picnic

Held 6/8/2011

Seattle, WA

Family BBQ, Sammamish, WA

Held 6/4/2011


Click Here for a full list of recent Family Awareness events


Straight and Level: Learn the Facts From Your MEC


Click Here to see answers to many of the rumors you have heard on the line.


Click here to submit your rumor.  We are using every resource to thoroughly answer your rumor questions.  New rumors and truths will be posted when available.


Local Council Meetings/Events

--Council 12 (ORD): 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 13, Four Points by Sheraton Chicago O'Hare, Salon B, 10249 W. Irving Park Road, Schiller Park, Ill. (Southeast corner of Mannheim and Irving Park roads. Airport shuttle available every 20 minutes at the ORD Shuttle Center located across from O’Hare Hilton.)

--Council 33 (DEN): 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 14, Holiday Inn Stapleton, Colorado Room, 333 Quebec Street (across from TK). Coffee served at 9 a.m.


UAL v. ALPA: Preliminary Injunction

The United States District Court has issued a preliminary injunction. (Click Here to read the Preliminary Injunction Order. Click Here to read the Memorandum Opinion and Order). The injunction enjoins ALPA, the individual defendants, and all persons and organizations acting by, in concert with, through or under them, or by and through their orders, from calling, permitting, instigating, authorizing, encouraging, participating in, approving or continuing any interference with United's airline operations, including but not limited to any strike, work stoppage, sick-out, slowdown, work to rule campaign, concerted refusal to accept voluntary or overtime flying, or other concerted refusal to perform normal pilot operations in violation of the Railway Labor Act.

The Court has directed that all United pilots resume their normal individual working schedules and practices, and ALPA is hereby instructing all pilots to cease and desist from engaging in any slowdown, sick-out, work to rule campaign, refusal to accept voluntary or overtime flying, or other concerted refusal to conduct pilot operations in the normal manner. With this message ALPA is instructing that you cease and desist all such activity and cease and desist from all statements or communications encouraging such conduct.

We must comply with the Court's direction. This is about all of us, because each of us will be at risk of court fines or company discipline if we engage in any Court-prohibited activity or if we encourage others to do so. Do not engage in any form of sick-out, improper use of sick leave, improper use of fatigue calls, slowdown activity such as intentional delays in the operation, pressure or harassment of other pilots for taking overtime flying, concerted refusal to accept junior/senior manning, or any other form of economic pressure, and do not encourage others to do any of these things. We must resume normal individual working schedules and practices. Again, these are requirements of the Court, and we must comply starting immediately.