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Hotel Sourcing Provider Change - From: Traveliance To: Accommodations Plus International (API)

 

Today, the company announced that we will transition from our current hotel sourcing provider, Travelliance, to a new provider, Accommodations Plus International (API). The requirement for crewmembers to wait for the “dreaded fax” and Travelliance taking several hours to book hotels during an IROP was simply not acceptable. This change is a direct result of feedback from the pilots to the Association. ALPA volunteers and the company have met several times over the past months in order to make this transition seamless for you, and we applaud the company for recognizing the problem and taking the necessary steps to fix it.

API has the ability to book hotel rooms electronically and are able to share the information more quickly to our SkedPlus+ and CrewTrac systems.  API also has a CrewCare website where we can book leisure rates at our hotels online. Click Read More to see the full details and read the entire XJT MEC Alert dated 28 August 2014. 


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Next XJT MEC Regular Meeting, 22-25 Sept 2014

The next XJT MEC meeting will begin at 1300 on Monday, September 22 and adjourn at the completion of business on Thursday, September 25. The meeting will be held at the ExpressJet ALPA Office, 3808a World Houston Pkwy, Houston, TX 77032. 

The MEC will convene to receive officer reports, review the 2015 budget, review the status of negotiations, received a company status briefing, and discuss SmartPref training and administrative issues. Portions of the meeting will be held in executive session, and members in good standing are welcome to attend open portions. The agenda will be posted on this website, when available.

 



RSVP for Family Awareness Get-Togethers

 

To RSVP, visit the ExpressJet ALPA Family Awareness page.
 

ORD – Whirlyball, September 19  (RSVP between August 19 - September 4)

IAD - Sportrock, October 11 (RSVP between September 23 - October 5)


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SmartPref Update

 

At the last MEC meeting in Houston, your elected pilot representatives spent several hours over the course of three days discussing the potential of using a preferential bidding system (PBS) as the primary bidding mechanism for our pilot group as part of the next JCBA. Discussions included a comprehensive review of both SmartPref, our current Phase 2 PBS system; and Flightline, legacy ASA’s current PBS system. The MEC’s deliberations were based on information presented to them by XJT and ASA Scheduling Committee members. As described in Dave Allen’s MEC Chairman’s Message from 12 June 2014, your MEC ultimately voted to proceed with testing SmartPref for our pilot group.  

What this means is that the MEC has directed the XJT Negotiating Committee and XJT Scheduling Committee to negotiate with the company on the development of PBS line construction rules associated with SmartPref for Phase 1 bidding. Once these line construction rules are negotiated, you will have a chance to parallel bid with SmartPref for several months in order to compare the lines and quality of life available with SmartPref bidding vs. our current line bidding system. After the parallel bidding phase is complete, you will have a chance to vote on whether or not we include SmartPref in our JCBA or as part of a LOA.

We are working with an aggressive timeline. You can expect several messages and updates as often as each week on the subject of parallel bidding with SmartPref for Phase 1. We will keep you updated on the progress of the negotiations. 

The Scheduling Committee page has a chronological list of all the SmartPref Parallel Bid messages.  Click read more to go there now. 


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Fee For Departure Committee Letter

"The regional airline industry has seen a paradigm shift in recent months. Pilots at multiple carriers have overwhelmingly said “NO” to concessions. With the shortage of qualified pilots who are willing to fly for substandard wages and inadequate benefits at fee-for-departure carriers, the time is now for true cooperation." 

Click read more to see the entire Fee For Departure Committee Letter as well as our XJT MEC Chairman's Message, both dated 16 April 2014.  


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