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Special MEC Meeting / Conference Call, 23 July 2014

Our XJT MEC will hold a special session via conference call on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 at 21:00 Central.  Subjects include a PBS Process Agreement discussion and a proposed MOU 33 discussion.  MOU 33, if approved, changes the way flight instructors bid for vacation, particularly if they return to the line, and the way our master vacation system sees flight instructor vacation weeks.  One example is that off-line flight instructors' vacation slots would remain available for line pilots to bid.  The full language of MOU 33 will be posted when available.  Click read more to see the full agenda of Wednesday’s Special XJT MEC Meeting.


RSVP for Family Awareness Get-Togethers


To RSVP, visit the ExpressJet ALPA Family Awareness page.

CLE - Cedar Point, July 28  (RSVP closed)

MCI – Schlitterbahn, August 8  (RSVP closes August 3)

EWR - Action Park, August 18  (RSVP closes August 5)

ORD – Whirlyball, September 19  (RSVP closes September 4)

IAD - To be announced.


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. 


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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