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Old 08-20-2005, 01:35 AM   #1  
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Default NWA MEC Hotline re: STRIKE

This is Northwest Master Executive Council (MEC) Chairman Mark McClain with a Special NWA MEC Hotline recorded on Friday, August 19, 2005, at 11:03 p.m. Central Time.

At 11:01 p.m. CT Friday, August 19, 2005, NWA AMFA's leadership called a strike after AMFA and NWA management negotiators failed to reach agreement on a new contract before the 30-day-cooling-off period expired.

The NWA MEC, in a Special Meeting held via teleconference, elected to not engage in a sympathy strike, judging that it would not be in the best interests of NWA pilots. As a result, all NWA pilots should report to work as scheduled and fly their trips as assigned. Again, all NWA pilots should report to work as scheduled and fly their trips as assigned.

Management has advised ALPA that operations will likely be affected over the coming days as a result of a large number of aircraft currently out of service and a high volume of MELs on in-service aircraft, so please continue to exercise your patience and professionalism.

We will continue to update you with new information as it becomes available. Please check this Hotline regularly.

This is a reminder that you should be extra vigilant when performing your duties. Be careful to ensure that you have the correct aircraft logbooks and that all aircraft and flight paperwork is properly completed and up to date. Line checks are valid until 0600Z of the eighth UTC day, including the day of the check. Information on time-limited MELs and CDLs can be found on page 15 of the MEL introduction. All aspects of our operation are subject to increased FAA scrutiny, so make sure you have all required documents, equipment, and up-to-date manuals in your possession. Please report any unusual activity or any safety or security problems to the ALPA Safety Operation Center (800-NWA-ALPA ext. 374).

You may encounter AMFA picket lines or face other safety/security issues while attempting to report for work. If you have safety concerns, you must contact your chief pilot and explain your situation and concerns. NWA management is responsible for ensuring your safety when you report to work. After you talk to your chief pilot, please call the ASOC to inform ALPA of the situation.

A pilot who refuses to cross AMFA picket lines and report to work may suffer consequences. ALPA does not know how the company will deal with this type of situation. There is a risk the company will take disciplinary action or discharge a pilot who engages in this activity by asserting that it believes the right to honor a picket line in this manner is not protected by the Railway Labor Act. There is also a risk the company might treat a pilot who engages in this activity as joining in the AMFA strike, with his right to return to work governed by legal doctrines for striking employees. If this occurs, challenges by ALPA and/or the pilot to the company's action would ultimately be decided in legal proceedings.
Given these circumstances, pilots contemplating individually withholding their services should call the ALPA Safety Operations Center (800-NWA-ALPA, ext. 374) beforehand to obtain further guidance.
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