ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Founded in 1931, the Association is chartered by the AFL-CIO and the Canadian Labour Congress. Known internationally as US-ALPA, it
On August 27, 2012, I wrote to Wayne M. Klocke, Senior Labor Relations Counsel, Air Line Pilots Association, International inquiring as to the status of this grievance.
I wrote because I have experienced losses to my 401(k) account that have been attributed to the movement of my retirement funds FROM the $uper $aver Plan into the far less funded "American Eagle 401(k) Plan".
Mr. Klocke is
Mr. Klocke responded to my inquiry (in part):
ALPA claims it filed a grievance regarding this blatant major contractual violation but today we discover, through Captain Kehm's correspondence with ALPA lawyer Wayne Klocke, that ALPA did absolutely nothing, for months, to protect the American Eagle pilots from accruing financial harm.
Today, August 27, 2012, I wrote ALPA/EGL Senior Labor Relations Counsel Wayne M. Klocke about the status of this contractual violation.
The above comments from Wayne Klocke appear to be high legal rhetoric for '...we will let the bankruptcy court decide the fate of this grievance...'
There are three (3) interesting aspects of Captain Kehm's discussion with Wayne Klocke, the ALPA Eagle MEC Attorney.
According to Mr. Klocke;
Mr. Klocke is also just a lawyer working for a representative of the American Eagle pilots so I am not sure where Mr. Klocke gets the authority to remove the American Eagle pilots as one of the four (4) parties to Letter 3.2. Mr. Klocke states that management will not comply with the provisions of Letter 3 unless forced to do so by an arbitrator.Management knows it is violating Letter 3 and American Eagle pilots are being harmed, but does not care.ALPA does not care either and will stand aside while the rights of American Eagle pilots are violated.3. The ALPA Eagle MEC, according to Mr. Klocke, is aware that management is willfully violating Letter 3 but the MEC will not take any action to protect the American Eagle pilots.
ALPA attorney Wayne Klocke advised me in a telephone call on 11Feb08, that I, as a member in good standing, cannot file a grievance under Letter 3.Mr. Klocke advised me that "only the parties" can file a grievance and that I am limited to "requesting" that aLetter 3 grievance be filed.
ALPA attorney Wayne Klocke has advised me, in a telephone call dated 11Feb08, that approximately 100 AA seniority numbers have been generated pursuant to the LaRocco ruling.This would mean that at least 100 TWA pilots (to-date) that have been, or could be, classified under LaRocco as "new hires", have attended a ""new hire" class at AA.Mr. Klocke further advised me, in the same telephone call, that management has stated to ALPA that it will not comply with Letter 3, Paragraph III.D (among others) unless expressly ordered to do so by an arbitrator, even though Letter 3 is currently in full force and effect.It is indisputable that eligible American Eagle pilots are being harmed by managementÊ¼srefusal to comply with Letter 3.It is also indisputable that pilots eligible under Letter 3, Paragraph III.D have not been advised by ALPA of managementÊ¼s position vis-a-vis Letter 3 compliance, nor have those pilots been advised that ALPA disputes this management position.Mr. Klocke advised me that the MEC, as the policy making and contract enforcement body empowered by ALPA, has been made aware of this management position of noncompliance with Letter 3 unless and until ordered to do so by an arbitrator.Mr. Klockeadvised me that, to his knowledge, the MEC has not directed that immediate steps be taken to secure, preserve, and protect the rights of such Letter 3, Paragraph III.D pilots.Additionally, Mr. Klocke has advised me that no steps are currently being taken by ALPA to compensate, make whole, or otherwise reverse the harm being done to such Letter 3, Paragraph III.D pilots.
It is also interesting to note that Wayne Klocke, the ALPA American Eagle Contract Administrator/Attorney has begun asking past ALPA representatives if they can recall AA or AE management or the APA making any statements to the effect that American Eagle pilots, who have AA seniority numbers, would still "flow-through" to AA after Letter 3 expires.An individual would only ask that question if he were not prepared to have the issue of recall to AA settled before the expiration of Letter 3 or if he had abandoned the inherent rights of seniority.
It was ALPA, in fact, ALPA Lawyer Wayne Klocke actually stipulated to Arbitrator LaRocco that ALPA was not seeking to transfer AE flow-through pilots to AA, but only wanted more AA seniority numbers (see LaRocco Supplemental Opinion and Award dated October 28, 2008 page 31 and 32).
The only answer is that ALPA remained committed to its position - stipulated by ALPA lawyer Wayne Klocke in the initial hearing of FLO-0903 that - no flow-through pilots were to transfer to AA.
In fact, crack ALPA attorney Wayne Klocke told Arbitrator LaRocco in FLO-0903 that ALPA was not requesting the transfer of American Eagle pilots to AA, ALPA was only asking for more AA seniority numbers.
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