Council 22 Message - 5/9/17
Council 22 Message - 5/9/17


Members of Council 22,       

These are indeed interesting times—bids are changing, the contract is nearing maturity, and our schedules remain challenging. To top this off, we are watching our children graduate, get married and start their new lives. To say we are busy is most likely an understatement. Now, add weather, higher rates of hiring, and seat progression, and you could find yourself looking at added challenges. We would like to remind you to be sure and keep up with all the changes to our manuals and read FCIFs. As professionals, it is our duty to stay informed.

If you are a 777 flyer, please familiarize yourself with the bulletin explaining the TNT 777 differences. A very important note is that due to the oxygen system limitations there are only 2 jumpseats available with a two-man crew, which makes for a total of four people in the cockpit on any flight. This will eliminate any jumpseaters with a 4-person crew and allows for only 1 jumpseat with a 3-person crew. Please reference FCIF-17-0146.

Now, on to our focus for May—we would like to introduce the ALPA app. It is available for iPhone, iPad and Android. This app is a good way to look up KCM locations, as well as important phone numbers. Included is an in-depth Aeromedical section and a section dealing with laser strike information. Please download it and give it a try. Updates are ongoing.

Bedbugs are not welcome, but did you know that the Hotel, Limo, and Catering desk has plans in place just in case you find yourself in a hotel room with them? If you find bedbugs in your hotel room on a layover, please call the Hotel, Limo and Catering desk and they will move you to another property and ensure you are given the proper rest. Bedbugs are not something you want to bring home to the family. The CDC has a lot of information on bedbugs and how to eliminate them.

Looking forward, we expect to receive another briefing on a possible hybrid retirement option. This option may hold benefits for the crew force. As we learn more, you will be educated on the risks and benefits. 

Regarding dues reconciliation, it is true that anytime someone asks for money, it is indeed an interesting time. If you received a bill, it is because you were under charged due to company software changes. These problems were identified by your MEC Secretary Treasurer Rich Zins and were addressed at both the ALPA National and company level. This situation has been corrected, but the damage is already done. In the future, expect this problem to be resolved. If you haven’t read the MEC Secretary Treasurer message in the latest issue of Positive Rate concerning this topic, we encourage you to do so.

Are you a pilot that deviates on the first leg of a deadhead only to join the scheduled deadhead somewhere before a revenue leg? If so, please be sure you fully understand CBA Section 8.C.1.d.iv. It contains the new language for check-in procedures once you have joined your pairing. You are afforded new protections, but they come with added responsibilities.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

DJ Shaw
LEC 22 Chairman
Block 2 Rep
Brian Hoffman
LEC 22 Vice Chairman
Block 5 Rep
Ian Thompson
LEC 22 Secretary/Treasurer
Block 7 Rep
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