August 23, 2020
Listen as Captains McQuillen, Campbell, O’Donoghue, Swoveland, and First Officer Gruner discuss the recently concluded quarterly MEC meeting. Topics include the direction given to the Negotiating Committee, an update to the Strategic Plan, what we have learned from Alaska Airlines management regarding basing, and other topics.
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August 21, 2020
This episode covers the bid award results of the recent Position Bid 2020-11a. Expect a subsequent episode in the next day or so which will recap the recently concluded quarterly MEC meeting.
July 30, 2020
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In this episode Host Captain David Campbell and others discuss what is different and what is the same about how management will award Bid 2020-11a, how seniority will be followed during the awarding process, and what that looks like now that there will be pilots who are both flying and on Extended Incentive Lines. Because there are both vacancies and reductions in the bid, pilots should be very familiar with the bid award process so that they may place their preferences appropriately.
If you have questions after listening to this episode, contact a member of your Membership Committee at ALAMembership@alpa.org or Contract Compliance at (888)767-2228.
July 27, 2020
A short preview of the episode we are working on about position bid 2020-11a.
July 23, 2020
This episode answers some questions about the awarding of the EIL, REIL, ELOA, and EO, what pilots who were awarded one may expect, and what the MEC is working on next.
A Scheduling Committee document is mentioned in this episode that may help pilots understand their contractual rights when a trip is canceled. Click, Control Your Life by Understanding 25.T,U, and V. More questions may be answered by your Contract Compliance Team at (888) 767 2228.
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July 5, 2020
Bidding for the recently negotiated Letters of Agreement (LOA) for Extended Incentive Lines (EIL), Retirement Extended Incentive Lines (REIL), Extended Leaves of Absences (ELOA) and the Early-Out Retirement Program offered by Alaska Airlines to its pilots is underway and will close on July 15 at 09:00 PDT.
In this episode Strategic Communications Chair, Capt. David Campbell speaks with MEC Chair, Capt. Will McQuillen; Negotiating Chair, First Officer Chris Gruner; Strategic Planning Chair, Capt. Ronan O’Donoghue; and Membership Chair, Capt. Will Swoveland. Topics include the bid award process which has been redesigned to ensure seniority will be honored and should help pilots when making decisions about how to bid. The panel also answers a number of recurring questions.
A one-stop-shop of LOA related information has been created on the AlaskaPilots.org website and can be found on the Voluntary Leave and Incentive Line LOAs page. If pilots still have questions, call the Contract Compliance Team at (888) 767-2228. For questions directly related to retirement, contact a member of the Retirement and Insurance (R&I) Committee. The CCT phone number and contact information for R&I Committee members may be found on the webpage linked above.
June 17, 2020
Three new LOAs were approved on June 17 by the Alaska Master Executive Council (MEC) and Alaska Airlines executive management. These agreements create a number of voluntary extended leaves and incentive lines which, depending on the level of participation, could minimize—or possibly eliminate—the need to furlough. In this episode, MEC Chairman, Will McQuillen, Negotiating Chairman, Chris Gruner, and Strategic Communications Chairman David Campbell discuss the details of those agreements, what has transpired since management’s Virtual Town Hall webcast on June 4, and the road ahead.
LOA 20-03 Military Leave Extension
LOA 20-04 Extend Leaves of Absence
LOA 20-05 Extend Incentive Lines
June 14, 2020
This breaking podcast update covers what occurred at the Special MEC meeting on Sunday, June 14. We will release a more detailed episode in the days to come covering the new LOAs that were approved by your MEC today having to do with new leave and staffing options for our pilots.
May 27, 2020
In this episode, MEC Chairman Captain Will McQuillen and MEC Vice Chairman Captain Joe Youngerman discuss management’s conflicting messaging regarding the recent position bid award, their unilateral decision to exit the COVID-19 Protections MOU, and questions raised about furloughs.
The MEC and ALPA National have a number of resources to help pilots deal with this potentially stressful time. If you are an Alaska pilot, please call the Pilot Peer Support number with any concerns—large or small—day or night at (309) PPS-ALPA or (309) 777-2572.