NEXUS Joint MEC Chairmen's Message - September 16, 2014
Last week both MEC chairmen attended the regularly scheduled Executive Board meeting and the Executive Council meetings at the ALPA offices in Herndon, VA. The Executive Board is made up of all 31 ALPA MEC chairmen, while the Executive Council consists of the nine ALPA Executive Vice-Presidents and the four national officers.
Executive Council Meeting
Both Capt. Tony Middendorff and Capt. Dave Allen addressed the Executive Council about the status of joint negotiations and the current challenges both sides are experiencing as they navigate towards a single agreement. The Executive Council received the reports of both chairmen on the state of affairs and the MECs’ plans moving forward, the Executive Council interacted vigorously with the chairmen on these issues in executive session.
Executive Board Meeting
ALPA’s Executive Board met in Herndon, VA last week, receiving updates from the Association’s national officers on union activities and preparing policies for a vote by ALPA’s Board of Directors this October.
As part of the meeting’s agenda, MEC chairmen offered an inside look at their pilot groups’ recent activities. In addition, Executive Board members broke into four delegate committees to discuss proposed resolutions and strategic planning initiatives. Capt. Roger White (DAL), a member of the ALPA Strategic Planning Committee, explained that ALPA Executive Board members would be responsible for reviewing the current strategic planning report and discussing it with fellow delegates to make sure the Association is on track with its strategic goals.
Nexus Negotiations Update - June 26, 2014
Last week the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) met for a two-day mediated session with the company and NMB mediator. During the session the JNC presented to the Company a non-concessionary JCBA proposal that sought improvements in those areas of the rejected TA that pilots in polls, survey results and other forms of feedback had indicated were concessionary or unacceptable.
Discussions among the participants were spirited. Your JNC reiterated that the clear will of both pilot groups was that the JCBA must not be concessionary for either group. The company maintained that the opening proposal would significantly exceed the rest of the fee-for-departure industry, would ensure a more rapid decline in the company’s financial position, and would make it unable to secure future flying. This led to discussions between the JNC and company about different views of what constituted concessions and what cost structure the company should accept. The parties also frankly discussed the difficulties of reaching an agreement that was acceptable to the company without being concessionary for either pilot group.
In the face of these obstacles, the Company stated that making its own comprehensive proposal at that time would likely be counter-productive to reaching agreement. Nonetheless, the company reaffirmed its commitment to reaching a Joint Collective Bargaining Agreement (JCBA) in an expeditious timeframe and agreed to re-engage in negotiations the week of July 21st.
In the meantime, the JNC will continue to discuss with both MECs potential ways to address these obstacles and reach a JCBA in an expeditious timeframe.
Nexus Update - June 10, 2014
This week the Joint Negotiations Committee (JNC) completed the redevelopment of the Nexus website. The new site contains updates, negotiations information, Family Awareness and P2P information.
The main page includes a Negotiations Tracker that will show the progress of all 31 sections of the JCBA so that pilots can quickly chart how far away the group is from a tentative agreement. Also included is the complete library of Nexus Knowledge Base articles, with details on the structure of ALPA, our pilot groups, the RLA, the NMB and our bargaining process. And the site is also your one-stop shop for learning details of upcoming joint meetings and family awareness events.
Also new is a web discussion forum, where pilots from both groups can ask questions and receive feedback directly from the JNC, MEC chairmen, and other relevant committee and staff members. The forum has sections to discuss the various components of the contract, and separate sub-sections just for the ASA and XJT groups.