The company and SSC entered into a long discussion on Day 2 over
the proposed vacancies presented to the SSC on Day 1. The company acknowledged
holding back about five to seven 777, eight 400 SFO CAP, and three Dl 0
CAP bids (approximate numbers). The company anticipates surplused SFO 747
and DC-l0 pilots will bid in to these seats. The SSC pointed out that the
manpower models may not accurately reflect actual needs. We suggested the
company "hedge" their bets by releasing a fraction of the "holdback" bids,
in case manpower projections err. The company contends they already "hedge".
At any rate, the flow of bids is going into the SFO base for their additional
flying (Pacific and Europe). The company did agree to add one LAX 400 CAP.
The company also suggested that they may not backfill SFO and DCA 727s.
These are dying fleets. The company will allow some attrition before deciding
on the base closure procedures. We will discuss this again next month.
The company explained the high number of 767 FO bids as reposting of previously
unfilled bids. They feel the freeze reduction and the recently announced
USAir merger will prompt pilots to bid to the maximum extent of their seniority,
thereby filling 767 FO bids. If this does not happen with this bid, the
company will look at other means to fill open vacancies including assigning
new hires to domestic 767 bases.
The company is responding to decreased pilot availability by reducing the summer
schedule. For June and July, the company removed about 1800 hours each
month from the schedule. Most pilot schedules were not affected as the
reduction came from open flying. There were JFK and DCA 767 pilots that
did lose June flying. Those pilots were reassigned other flying per Section
20F1 or 4 of the contract. At a minimum, they will receive the monthly
78 hour pay guarantee. Schedulers worked closely with the pilots to repair
their lines as much as possible. The SSC commended the line group for their
dedication and perseverance through a difficult process not of their own
July Schedule Pulldown
company reduced the July schedule by about 1800 hours. This amounts
to less than one percent reduction of the monthly flying. Management decided
to execute this reduction in the middle of the schedule building process.
Rather than trying to work backwards from existing schedules, Dir. Roichek
directed a fresh rewrite of the schedules to insure proper quality. As
a result, July bids are delayed until June 2nd, and will close seven
days later, per contract, on the 9th. Select SSC and LSC members
will travel to ORD a second time to perform DSL and line review per Section
20A. The 320, 727 and 300 fleets were affected by the July pulldown.
The secondary line construction process was also affected. This will be condensed
and targeted for completion on the 21st, one day later than normal.
The Big Pick will go as scheduled on the 25th, where the schedule building
process (DSLs and Lines) will return back to a normal schedule. Provided
the company makes a timely decision, any pulldown for August beyond that
already planned can be accounted for in the normal schedule building process.
Phase I and II
When the crew desk is short of pilots, they may resort to using training resources
to crew line trips. These are known as Phase 1, where the crew desk asks
an available Pi to fly a line trip, and Phase 11, when the company cancels
training in order to free an instructor and the line pilot for line flying.
Please see the below minutes heading of "Discretionary Training Reduced".
The company revealed that the only use Phase 11 as a last resort, when there
are no junior mannings available. There is no Phase III plan.
Discretionary Training Reduced
As a result of planned manpower shortages, the company announced they are
reducing "discretionary" training not related to vacancy bids. Such examples
include CLR and TAP. Pilots who are restored to the schedule as a result
of canceled training are covered under Section 9.B.l.c. That section directs
make-up or reassignment of lost flying to Section 20.F.l. Section 20.F.1
is ahead of reserves.
Attachment 15 is the vacation liquidated by the company last vacation year. This is
one half of the data the SSC asked of the company. The planned vacation
liquidation is the other half. The company is still working on that data.
For the past several years, the company has asked pilots to defer large amounts
of vacation to the following year under Section 1 l.F of the contract.
The SSC is concerned that the company is not properly allocating vacation.
If so, pilots are being disadvantaged by not being able to take vacation
as allowed by the contract and seniority. We want to see whether what they
planned was what they did, and to project these procedures to the current
and future vacation years.
The company announced a potential acceleration to the timeline dealing with
NPDM 00-01, and 0002 (SFO DC-1O base closing and 727 base closure
timeline). SFO DC-10 closing still holds for October. The company is also
considering adding JFK 727s to the NPDM. The USAir merger put an
abrupt stop to those plans. The company will continue to evaluate closure
acceleration, and will present the SSC their plan for such closings on
the June SSC meeting. At that time, the company may accelerate the DCA
727 closing ahead of SFO, and JFK 727s may be added to the closing list.
The company may also accelerate the 727 aircraft phase out. The SSC response
to the NPDMs will be attached to the report concurrent with the company's
The company may accelerate 747 retirements (2001). The company is still evaluating
SFO/ORD 400 Manpower Balance
The SSC and SFO LSC reps are concerned that the company has misjudged the SFO
400 manpower requirements. In defense of their plan, they explained that
they posted ten SFO 400 CAP bids and two in ORD. They contend that they
are moving in the right direction. The company does not want to overbid
the SFO base as they anticipate DC-10 bumps will fill the current shortfall.
They feel after the DC-10 bumps that the SFO 400 level will balance sometime
around Oct. 31. Until then, the company will continue to use ORD crews
to fly SFO flying through a "W" pattern, as well as TDY. The SFO bumps
should be effective around Oct. I or Oct. 31, with bump letter posted in
August for both D10 and 727. SFO 777s will continue to grow, as will
the LAX 777s. Dir. Roichek promised a communication to the SFO 777 pilots
explaining the 777 manpower situation.
NPDM 00-01 and 00-02 incorrectly stated that the base closure will be done according
to Section 8K. The correct Section is 8N.
Bid Freeze Reduction
The company and SSC representatives discussed the one-time three month bid
freeze reduction to existing bids. This agreement did not change future
freezes acquired through vacancy bids. They are still at 27/14 months per
Letter 96-2. The SSC is skeptical that three months may not be a large
enough reduction. The company felt comfortable with that number, and thought
the pending merger would compel pilots to bid to the maximum extent of
their seniority. At issue is the large number of unfilled wide-body first
officer bids. New hires are restricted from bidding into wide-body first
officer aircraft in an international operation (Letter 99-8).
At the SSC's request, the company generated a letter that explains By-pass
bidding and pay in plain English. The SSC received the letter from the
company and has forwarded it to the R&I and Negotiating committees
for their input. When the letter finishes review, we plan to distribute
it to the pilots. The SSC thanks Claire Fitzpatrick for her work on this
The SSC has long contended that the company is short of manpower in many fleets and seats. In view of the recent schedule cancellations, the SSC asked about the company manpower model. We learned that the model plans on 5% overtime over 78 hours, no junior manning, and reserve use at 55-59 hours per month.
Hiring Plan Update
The company plans on continuing their hiring rate at about 100 new hires per
month, for a total of 11 00 to 1200 this year. The earlier reported figure
of 1300 appears too ambitious.
ROUTE FLEET PLANS
The company plans to resume round the world service next April. The plan is
to use the 400 initially, then later convert the route to a 777. We exchanged
ideas on how to will staff the operation. There are many options and
restrictions. For example, ORD can not fly DEL under the present
restriction from Letter 95-5 (11 time zones). The SSC will work with the
company to develop an operation that will protect pilot interests in keeping
with the Agreement.
ORD Slot Removal
The company announced they are making adjustments to ORD flying as a result
of slot restriction removal. Most of these moves involve small jets for
Requested Routes Update
The company requested the JFK -Paris route dropped by Tower Air's bankruptcy
(767-300). They have also asked for a twice daily DCA-LAX (757). The company
is still awaiting government route award decision on previously applied
for LAX-EZE and LAX-GRU (400).
Summer 2001 Intl. Schedule
Plans are still in development.
United Business Improvements
The company announced a project to improve United Business in response to American's move to do the same.