Message From SPSC Chairman Capt. Pieter Velzeboer

 

The SPSC will launch a new effort to reach out to all pilots next week by having Pilot-to-Pilot (P2P) volunteers in all the crew rooms during most of the work day. Look for your colleagues in the red shirts with the Pilot-to-Pilot logo. Feel free to ask them any question you have, as they have access to information in the event they don’t have the answer to your question. These pilots are briefed and supplied with the latest information from the MEC and the Committees. The volunteers also are connected via a secure line to the ALPA.org website to facilitate voting on the open strike ballot.

 

Step up and vote. It's easy and they can show you how. The P2P operation will commence on Monday and stay in effect until the close of the strike ballot on July 17. Stay focused, stay strong and stay UNITED.

 

 

   Voting Instructions

 

The United Airlines MEC (UAL MEC), in consultation with the President of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), has authorized a ballot to cause a withdrawal of the United pilots from the service of the Company at such time as we are in a position to pursue self-help and it is deemed prudent and advisable. The balloting process will be carried out in accordance with ALPA Voting Procedures, ALPA Administrative Manual, Section 90.

 

While the achievement of a negotiated joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA) is our goal, the UAL MEC (joined by the CAL MEC) believes that the time may arrive when we are in a position to pursue self-help, if necessary, as a tool in reaching agreement. Please see the attached copy of the resolution that was passed unanimously by the UAL MEC at a special MEC meeting on May 17, 2012. This letter is to inform you that the balloting (strike authorization ballot) will be open on the dates as outlined below.

 

The voting period begins at 10:00 a.m. ET on June 29, 2012.

 

The voting period ends at 10:00 a.m. ET on July 17, 2012.

NOTE:  There will be an outage on the ALPA website for balloting due to system maintenance. No ballots can be accepted from midnight tonight (Jul 6) until 4:30 a.m. tomorrow morning (Jul 7). Please vote before or after these times.

The ballot question will read:

 

This ballot authorizes the United and Continental MECs, in consultation with the President of the Air Line Pilots Association, International, to cause a withdrawal of the United and Continental pilots from the service of the Company at such time as they jointly deem it prudent and advisable. A majority of the valid ballots returned on this issue shall govern.

 

        I am IN FAVOR of providing strike authorization.

 

        I am OPPOSED to providing strike authorization.

 

In accordance with ALPA merger policy, this strike authorization ballot will be a secret ballot vote of the combined membership of both the United and Continental pilot groups.  The UAL MEC will work with the CAL MEC to decide how, when and if the results will be released.

 

Please note ALPA has a new balloting vendor. Steps to access ballots through the ALPA Members Only site remain the same; however, phone credentials established prior to Dec. 19, 2011 will no longer work.

 

 

Access the ALPA balloting system by logging on to the ALPA website at http://www.alpa.org with your ALPA number and intranet password. Select the “VOTE” graphic on the member home page and you will be automatically passed through to the ALPA balloting system - already logged on and ready to vote. For security purposes, you will receive an email from support@votenet.com at the email address on file with ALPA confirming your vote was recorded by eBallot.

 

To establish new or replace lost phone voting credentials, you will need to contact ALPA’s balloting staff at (888) 359-2572 during business hours to obtain a 10-digit activation code which will be used to establish your voting PIN. (Please note that the PIN for phone voting is not the same as your intranet password unless you establish the PIN through the activation code process.) All callers within the US and Canada should dial 1-888-378-9494; otherwise, voters may call 1-888-FLY-ALPA and press ‘5’ to transfer to the phone voting line. Your phone voting credentials are your 7-digit ALPA member and unique voter personal identification number (PIN).

 

If you need additional balloting assistance, please contact Membership and Council Services Monday - Friday between 9:00 a.m. ET – 5:00 p.m. ET at 888-FLY-ALPA and press “3”. Membership Services will be available Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. ET to 5:00 p.m. ET. After hours, you may leave a message and your call will be returned the next business day. You may also send an email to balloting@alpa.org and it will be answered during business hours.

REPEAT NOTE:  There will be an outage on the ALPA website for balloting due to system maintenance. No ballots can be accepted from midnight tonight (Jul 6) until 4:30 a.m. tomorrow morning (Jul 7). Please vote before or after these times.

 


 

 

   In This Update

 

 

   Negotiations Update

 

On Wednesday, ALPA President Captain Lee Moak, United MEC Chairman Captain Jay Heppner, Continental MEC Chairman Captain Jay Pierce and the co-chairmen of the Joint Negotiating Committee will meet with the National Mediation Board in Washington for a status conference. The company will meet with the NMB the following morning.

 

Following those meetings, we expect to know what the NMB has determined to be the best course of action for the conclusion of our JCBA. This may include any number of options available to the NMB, including action on our three requests for a proffer of arbitration.

 

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   A Note About the Merger Fund

 

The following is from MEC Secretary-Treasurer First Office Michael Hamilton.

 

The Merger Fund Assessment ballot that was approved by the membership in 2010 was limited to 24 months of assessments. At the time everyone envisioned a quick completion to a JCBA and seniority list integration. The 24 months expired in June therefore the Merger Fund Assessment has been suspended beginning July 1. The MEC will review the current balance of the fund and expected expenses going forward and will discuss the need to continue the assessment during the July MEC meeting. The MEC may vote to continue the assessment or ballot the membership to renew the assessment during the July meeting. The MEC will continue to make sure the Merger Committee has all the financial resources necessary to fully represent you during the seniority list integration.

 

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   Committee Elections Set For July MEC Meeting


The UAL-MEC will hold its quarterly meeting on July 16-20, 2012, at the ALPA Conference Center in Herndon, VA.  July 19-20 will be a Joint MEC Meeting with the CAL-MEC.   A tentative meeting agenda will be posted soon.

 

During that meeting, elections for the following committee positions will be held:

 

  • Retirement & Insurance (Member and Chairman)

  • Negotiating Committee (Member)

  • System Board of Adjustment (Member)

 

All pilots in good standing are eligible to serve on MEC committees. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact your local council representatives.

 

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   Committee Updates/Reports

 

 

Training

The following is from MEC Training Committee Chairman Captain Rich Pellicore.

This week's update addresses some ASR/GSR issues that have arisen in the common fleets (777 and 756) and a preview of what is coming in the next merger training phase.

As the common fleets transition to the new United AQP document, for most 756 pilots there is a resetting of a pilot’s base month for CQ training. This is part of the transition for these pilots from a nine month visit, to an annual visit. Typically, 777 pilots do not have their base months reset. Once that base month is set, it remains in effect.

The pilot now has his early, base or grace (EBG) month to complete his required ASR/GSR ground training. There were a few problem areas that came up as we moved to this new system due to some pilots completing their ULN ground training before their early month. The pilot will not get credit for doing this training and will have to do it in one of the EBG months. This problem has largely been solved by controlling the enrollment and access to this training in the ULN (the SEARCH function has been largely removed from the ULN). There has been a problem in the recording system whereby a pilot who did his ground training in his early month, but then his TK simulator training was cancelled or delayed until his grace month.

The system was resetting the base month to the month the training actually occurred, and thus it was showing now that he/she did her ground training before their early month and the pilots were told they had to do their training again. The recording system in UNIMATIC has been fixed and this should not happen in the future. However, if this happens to you, notify your base management and they will correct your base month to the originally scheduled month.

Finally, there are cases where a pilot thinks he has completed all his GSR/ASR requirements, only to find that he did not complete them all and doesn’t find out about it until the end of his/her grace month and he/she is getting ready to fly a trip that goes out at the end of his grace month with carry over into the next month. The system only triggers an alert when it will show him NQ for his next trip. This often results in the pilot scrambling at the last second to try to complete his training before he gets taken off his trip because he is NQ. For 756/777 pilots, look on your QUA8 (in Unimatic, type QUA8/File number) to make sure your ground training (GSR, GSR CBT, ASR CBT) is complete.

The merging of the UAL and CAL procedures continues, now with Phase 4 on the near horizon. This phase is scheduled to have the CBT training begin on August 6 with a revision date of September 14. The primary delivery vehicle will be the ULN and similar printed materials as there were in Phase 3B. Each fleet will also have information in their monthly Fleet Newsletters. In addition to the FM CBTs, there will be an FOM module that addresses the FOM changes and ACF fuel issues.

For the 777 and 756 fleets, this is a continuation of the harmonization process with CAL procedures with a change to the initial cockpit setup where the First Officer does much more of the setup. For the 747 changes to Final Approach callouts, minor flight manual changes and a preview of what is coming with respect to the QRH (Quick Reference Handbook) in the next phase. The Airbus fleet will start the harmonization process in earnest with continued changes to the structure of the FM to more closely resemble the other fleets and the introduction to cross fleet standardized callouts in the Take-off and Approach phases of flight.

Long term planning calls for Phase 5 in the fourth quarter and Phase 6 in the first or second quarter of 2013. Many changes are coming. As always it is your professionalism that keeps the operation safe in light of all these changes. Thanks, and contact any Training Committee member if you have any questions.
Click Here for the ALPA Training Committee Directory.

 


 

Hotel

 

MEC Hotel Committee Chairman First Officer Pete Pellegrino has released the July 2012 Hotel Committee Report and the July 2012 Disapproved List.

 

Click Here to read the July 2012 Report.

 

Click Here to read the July 2012 Disapproved List. 

 


 

Communications

 

MEC Pilot Data Reporting (PDR) System

The Pilot Data Reporting System (PDR) was conceived to allow pilots to document information for the MEC officers’ and its Committee structure’s use. It provides an easy way to file reports dealing with everything from Committee matters to pilot/CSR (or other employee) interactions, to problems with space available or positive space travel, and erroneously assigned Flight Crew delays (previously KC delays). We encourage all members to utilize this reporting system as your first step in interacting with the Committee Structure or MEC Officers when you encounter issues you think we need to know about, particularly those concerning interactions with the Company. Documentation is critical when trying to correct issues with the Company.

 

 


 

New Delay Codes

There has been an increase in the number of flight crew delays recorded by the Flight Operations group in recent weeks. We realize that in a vast majority of cases we may be taking the blame for delays we did not cause. We are all aware that, despite all of our best efforts on the line, the operation is not running smoothly for reasons well beyond our control.

 

Click here to download a comprehensive list of new delay codes in use as of June 1, 2012 (this will require a Skynet sign-on).

 

First, how can you avoid being incorrectly charged with a flight crew delay?  Send a MISC report via ACARS when your cockpit checks are completed – message "GO." This report indicates that the flight crew is ready for pushback at that time. You can also add comments to this report (i.e. "preflight checks completed").

 

Second, if you are made aware through an ACARS message or other means that you have been incorrectly charged with a flight deck crew delay code (see attached summary list), please take the following steps:

 

1.  Send an ACARS message as soon as practical to Dispatch (with date and flight number) indicating that you were not at fault for the delay.  If you know what caused the delay, you can include the actual cause in the message.

 

2.  Notify your domicile chief pilot as soon as practical to allow your Flight Office personal to have an opportunity to change the code. Please remember to document the date and time of the call.

 

3.  Send a report via the UAL MEC PDR (Pilot Data Report) system: Click here. Please select "FN (Old KC) Delay" when filing your report.

 

The last step mentioned is actually the most important:  Should the company try to take us back to court over any form of status quo violation, the data you have supplied to the UAL MEC via the PDR system will provide our attorneys with evidence of company problems and may refute any or all company positions.  WE ALL NEED TO DOCUMENT EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW.  Please make prudent, consistent use of PDR reports to detail any problems you encounter with the operation.

 

It is unfortunate that we are still required to prove ourselves innocent when faced with incorrectly charged flight crew delays.  Please maintain your professionalism and set the record straight.  We cannot allow people within the company to fabricate the data to support charges of increased pilot-caused delays.

 

Thank you for adding this to your already extensive list of duties and for committing to defend against biased attacks on your performance.

 



 

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   Furloughed Pilots Strike Support Poll


The UAL-MEC has worked with ALPA National to design a polling site for our furloughed pilots to participate in a Strike Support Poll.  This poll is not official or binding but it is symbolic in allowing our furloughed pilots to speak to this management and tell them we stand together - all of us! 

Polling will begin on Saturday, July 7, 2012 and continue through Tuesday, July 17, 2012.  Results of the poll will be released at the discretion of the Master Chairman.  If you are a furloughed United pilot, please take the time to participate in this poll and let your voice be heard.

Click Here to access the Furloughed Pilots Strike Ballot

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   ALPA Emergency Relief Fund Available For Victims of Colorado Fires

 

The news reports are sobering, the images terrifying: enormous wildfires engulfing entire neighborhoods in Colorado, while in Florida heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Debby has caused massive flooding. These two states have a high concentration of ALPA members (3,389 in Colorado and 7,915 in Florida), and several MECs are receiving reports of pilot families being evacuated or even losing their homes entirely. ALPA’s Emergency Relief Fund stands ready to help—but it needs your support.

 

The AERF provides emergency financial aid to pilots of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, and their families who fall victim to widespread disasters, helping them afford temporary shelter, make repairs, and pay for basic living expenses. It’s funded by donations, and contributions are tax-deductible in the United States.

 

If your family has been hit by a declared disaster, you can apply for an AERF grant by signing on to the members-only portion of the ALPA website, clicking on the Relief Fund link, and filling out a grant application. To help your fellow pilots, please consider making a generous donation by sending a check to the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund, Cashiering Department, P.O. Box 1169, 535 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 20172-1169.

 

Any United pilot who needs assistance as a result of the fire, advise Bill Anonsen, United Family Awareness Rocky Mountain Coordinator, at billanonsen@aol.com or (719) 338-4575.

 

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   Family Awareness Events

 

The MEC Family Awareness Committee is working to organize family gatherings around the country. Look for one near you in the weeks and months ahead. 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.

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

     

      Upcoming Events       

        

       July 2012

Location

Event

Date

Contact

Grand Isle, VT

Home of David Geney

3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Click Here for more
information

TBA

John Dillon

jsjcdillon@aol.com

Honolulu, HI

Home of Steve Wong

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click Here for more
information

July 7, 2012

Steve Wong

steve88wong@aol.com

Moorpark, CA

Home of Jeff Weiherer

2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Click Here for more
information

July 7, 2012

Marc Russell

Captmarcr1@gmail.com

 

Redondo Beach, CA

Mickie Finnz Fish House and Bar

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Click Here for more
information

July 10, 2012

Lori Medicus

Lamedicus@aol.com

 

Orlando, FL

Broadway Ristorante & Pizzeria

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Click Here for more
information

July 11, 2012

Mike Schmidt

alpa@mikeandjanas.com

Longmont, CO

Home of Kevin Girard: "Cooling Off Swim Party"

4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Click Here for more
information

July 13, 2012

Kevin Girard

kgirard3@yahoo.com

 

Satellite Beach, FL

Home of Mike Schmidt

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Click Here for more
information

July 17, 2012

Mike Schmidt

alpa@mikeandjanas.com

Bayville, NJ

Home of Brian and Anita Clouser

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Click Here for more
information

July 18, 2012

Fran Groff

njang108@msn.com

 

Paxinos, PA

KrebsStock 2012 Music Fest

Noon -

Click Here for more
information

July 21, 2012

Tim Krebs

tbkrebs@ptd.net

 

 

Recent Events  

June 2012

Location

Event

Date

Lake Como, NJ

Bar Anticipation

6/27/2012

Woodland, WA

Home of Dave & Jackie Petersen

6/25/2012

Stillwater, MN

Stillwater Mills Fireside Community

6/24/2012

San Clemente, CA

Home of Scott Johnson

6/23/2012

Pampano Beach, FL

Umberto's

6/21/2012

St. Louis, MO

PJ's Tavern

6/20/2012

Port Orange, FL

Downwind Cafe

6/20/2012

Kansas City, MO

The Quaff

6/18/2012

Centennial, CO

LuBo's NY Pizza

6/17/2012

Miami, FL

The 94th Aero Squadron

6/16/2012

Elk Grove, CA

Shirley Autry’s Home

6/16/2012

Hallandale Beach, FL

Mardi Gras Casino

6/15/2012

Evergreen, CO

Stagecoach Sports Grill

6/15/2012

Phoenix, AZ

Keegan's Grill

6/13/2012

Pensacola, FL

Peg Leg Pete's on Pensacola Beach

6/13/2012

St. Michaels, MD

Home of Paul and Joanne

6/12/2012

Carlsbad, CA

Norte Restaurant

6/12/2012

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill

6/11/2012

Scarborough, ME

Home of Stu Lacognata

6/10/2012

El Sequndo, CA

Rock and Brews

6/7/2012

Colorado Springs, CO

Champs Bar and Grille

6/6/2012

San Diego, CA

Filippi's Pizza

6/4/2012

Palm Springs, CA

Swim Party at Albert Residence

6/2/2012

 

 

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   Local Council Meetings/Events

 

--Council 52 (JFK): 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, Joey's Place, 8414 Astoria Blvd., Flushing, N.Y., (718) 478-4037

 

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   Resources

 

 

 

 

  • Got a question about the United/Continental merger? Click Here

  • Want to find answers to pilots' merger questions? Click Here

  • Have you seen an incident when you believed members of management were attempting to negotiate in public among the pilot group? If so, let us know about it by clicking here.

  • Want to follow the MEC Hotel Committee via Twitter? Click Here to subscribe to the Hotel Committee's Twitter page.

 

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  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.

 

United Master Executive Council of the Air Line Pilots Association

9550 W. Higgins Road, Suite 1000

Rosemont, Illinois 60018 | 847/292-1700

www.ualmec.org