Council 100 Message - 3/29/19
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Council 100 Message - 3/29/19

 

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Hello All,

Hope to see you this Sunday evening at the Bru Grill in Orange County at 6:30 p.m. for our Local Council meeting. We are trying things a bit different this time—evening meeting to hopefully avoid traffic and any family commitments. I’ll miss the April MEC meeting in Memphis due to a long-planned vacation, but Captain Jeff Belt will be attending for LAX. Come out this Sunday and pepper him with your comments before the meeting.

AUSTRALIAN DEADHEADS
We still have issues checking in with passenger airlines for deadheads to Australia. We all have a Crew Travel Authority (CTA) from Australia as part of our passport (they get updated when our passports get renewed). In the past, a CTA and the Australia Entry Letter were sufficient for deadhead flights into Australia. Because air carriers cannot easily verify your CTA within your passport, they recently began requiring an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) prior to checking you in for deadheads to Australia. Procedures for obtaining an ETA are on PFC under Flight Planning. 

Some check-in agents are actually calling the U.S. Embassy in Australia to confirm proper visa work. Give yourself plenty of lead time at the airport if you are on one of these flights. Some pilots have had luck at American Airlines check-in counters requesting the agent do an “airport override” if they run into problems. 

AIRLINE TICKET FEES
There have been numerous reports of the Company attempting to charge pilots for airline fees that should be covered by the Company. 
In addition, pilots are running into problems with unknown change fees on deviation tickets. Global Travel historically would inform pilots of associated fees when booking deviation tickets. Recently, that hasn’t always happened. It’s a good idea to inquire about any fees (cancellation/changes) before booking deviation tickets.

CBA 8.C.4.c says the Company shall pay all fees associated with scheduled deadhead tickets. Fees with deviation tickets are only expensable when a Company schedule change was the reason for the fee.

Examples:
1)     Your midtrip scheduled deadhead on Singapore Airlines gets changed to an operating leg. The ticket has a $200 fee associated with any changes or cancellations. This fee must be paid by the Company (you keep the entire travel bank as well).
2)      You book a back-end deviation ticket on Singapore Airlines and get extended in the field and must make a new reservation. Any fees are expensable but must come out of your travel bank.
3)      You book a back-end deviation ticket on Singapore Airlines and then decide to change to a flight on United. There were no trip revisions. Any fees must be paid by you and are not expensable.

Keep a close eye on your travel report. Recently, the Company has been changing how they apply and credit fees on scheduled deadhead travel. File an INSITE report or contact Contract Enforcement via the PDR with questions.

CRS PUSHING
We continue to receive almost weekly reports of CRS attempting to push beyond contractual limits – usually on revisions. When on reserve, take Whitlow limits (CBA 25.M.1.g) into consideration when deciding whether to answer the phone or crew notifications outside of your call out window. If you have a concern about a work rule, you can always ask to speak to a CRS Supervisor or the Duty Officer. If still in doubt, contact ALPA Contract Enforcement via the PDR or any of us for guidance.

RETIREMENT PROPOSAL
We are still waiting to hear back from the Company on their level of interest. The Company’s actuarial firm Mercer has submitted numerous questions regarding the plan details and underlying assumptions which have all been answered by ALPA’s consultants. At this point, we believe the Company has sufficient information to make a decision to move forward or not on the plan proposal.

Hope to see you Sunday eve,

 

David Wojtkowski Jeff Belt Chad Conner
Council 100 Chairman Council 100 Vice Chairman Council 100 Sec/Treasurer
David.Wojtkowski@alpa.org Jeff.Belt@alpa.org Chad.Conner@alpa.org
858-229-4172


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