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Old 06-22-2016, 07:05 AM   #1  
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We're having an election to fill the position Jeff Bohl held before his untimely passing. As of now three candidates. Gary Edwards, Brad Hutchens and Chuck Cummins...

Fellow Houston Pilots, Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Gary Edwards and I am asking for your nomination in the upcoming Council 171 Captain Representative election.

The tragic passing of Captain Jeffery Bohl was a shock to his family, friends, and coworkers. It has also put us in this untimely position to once again fill the Captainís Representative position in Houston.

Jeff and I worked together on the Professional Standards Committee to support the Houston pilots for more than two years.* When Jeff was elected as our Captainís Representative he asked me to be the Chair of the Professional Standards Committee.* I was honored to be asked, and I readily accepted.*

Since holding the position as the Chairman of the Professional Standards Committee I have had the opportunity to work closely with Nicholas and Jamie on a number of issues that have affected our Houston pilots and their livelihood. I believe we can continue this concerted effort.*

Jeff, Nic, and Jamie, your Council 171 Representatives, have made significant strides for our Houston based pilots in a very short time.* This council represents over 2000 pilots.* We are the second largest base, behind Newark.* This means a significant opportunity to all our pilots to be represented to the MEC and the company.*

I have been a Houston based pilot since my wife and I moved to Kingwood in 1987.* A long time. I have held positions as both a First Officer and a Captains Representative.* I have also been a Line Check Airman

It is a wonderful time to be a United pilot. We have industry leading wages and a sufficient contract. But it does not come without its challenges, both present and future. * I have seen the ebb and flow of this base, and that of other bases within our system, past and present. We are at a crossroads in Houston.* A cross road I feel our current C171 representatives had our combined best interest sharply in focus until this tragedy. *

I, Gary Edwards, I am asking for your nomination to the Council 171 as your Captain Representative.* I will continue our momentum and help shape the future of our Houston based pilots and United Airlines.* Please fill out and return your ballot.* Or, I encourage you to attend the July 7, 10:00am UAL Council 171 meeting at the IAH Marriott to cast your vote.* There will be additional ballots available.

Please feel free to contact me directly with your questions.

Sincerely,

Captain Gary J. Edwards
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Fellow Houston pilots,

My name is Brad Hutchens and I'm asking for your nomination in the upcoming Council 171 Captain Representative election. It's somber the circumstances that necessitated this vote, but I can't think of a better way to honor Captain Jeff Bohl than to continue the work he started. The council has made terrific strides forward in terms of organization, communication, and responsiveness to pilots, and I believe that I can keep that momentum moving forward. I have a good working relationship with Nic and Jamie, and I feel that will serve the council well moving forward.

I've been at United for twenty-one years. As a new hire I was a flight engineer on the 727, and since then I've flown as a First Officer on the 737, 757 and 767, as well as Captain on the Airbus. I am currently a Houston-based Airbus Captain and I flew the 756 in Houston before that. I live locally in The Woodlands with my wife Meridith, daughter Lindsay and son Ryan. My brother Scot is also a United pilot here in Houston, having flown the 737 and now 777.

Currently I'm the Local Schedule Committee Chairman for Council 171. I served as the C12 Local Schedule Committee Chairman in ORD for a number of years before helping setup the new Houston LSC in 2013. I was a volunteer on the original contract hotline (similar to the UDO program), and I helped train the furloughees who were hired to staff the second iteration of the hotline (UPAAS). I've been doing scheduling work for ALPA for almost ten years as well as serving on the MEC Grievance Review Panel for the last 4 years.

I believe that a union rep's job is one of service and that every member deserves representation. Helping fellow pilots is an honor, and it's is why I've done the work in the past. If I'm elected I'll answer every voicemail, text or email within 24 hours. If there is another resource within ALPA that can fix your issue better, or in a more timely manner than I can, I'll make sure you get that assistance.

Council 171 is the second largest council in UAL ALPA. It is imperative that your voice and your priorities are heard and understood at the MEC. I will ensure that they are.

When you receive your ballot, I humbly ask you write in my name, sign and return.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Thank you for your support!
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Pilots of Local Council 171,

My name is Captain Chuck Cummins, and I ask for your support as Captain Representative of United ALPA Council 171. The circumstances resulting in this special election are tragic and untimely. The premature passing of Captain Jeff Bohl has generated a significant void for Council 171. While expected that such a significate loss be upsetting, reality is that Council 171 must move forward and continue the day to day business of pilot advocacy and involvement.

I was hired at Continental Airlines in 1990. I am currently based in IAH as a B737 Captain and have held that position in excess of 11 years. Additionally, I have operated the B747, DC-10, DC-9 and MD-80 aircraft. My involvement with ALPA is significant in that I was CAL ALPA Training Committee Chairman 2005-2008 and CAL then UAL ALPA Safety Committee/Action Team Member 2008-2013.

My desire to be the IAH/LC 171 Captain Representative comes from a single driving force; to advocate for the 171 Pilots! During the time I did ALPA volunteer work, I received numerous calls from Pilots who either had questions regarding contract interpretation or concerns regarding operational/safety circumstances. It is during those calls and resulting circumstances when having a results-driven advocate on your side means everything. Currently, there are several topics that have a potential to concern the IAH/LC 171 Pilots. These issues include but are not limited to the RHA VEBA, Scheduling and Retirement. If elected LC 171 Captain Representative, you have my word that I will address these issues at the July, 2016 MEC Meeting and report back to you my discoveries and conclusions.

In reality the Captain Representative speaks the minds of the Pilot body. The Captain Representative must be knowledgeable of the issues that concern the Pilots and have the fortitude to address those issues, with results. My past record of pilot advocacy proves my willingness to serve with honesty, integrity and transparency. I live locally and will represent you unconditionally! I ask that you complete your nomination ballot with my name, Chuck Cummins, and mail it immediately. Should you have further questions about my candidacy, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Respectfully,

Captain Chuck Cummins
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Old 06-22-2016, 09:15 AM   #4  
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We're having an election to fill the position Jeff Bohl held before his untimely passing. As of now three candidates. Gary Edwards, Brad Hutchens and Chuck Cummins...

Fellow Houston Pilots, Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Gary Edwards and I am asking for your nomination in the upcoming Council 171 Captain Representative election.

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Jeff, Nic, and Jamie, your Council 171 Representatives, have made significant strides for our Houston based pilots in a very short time.* This council represents over 2000 pilots.* We are the second largest base, behind Newark.* This means a significant opportunity to all our pilots to be represented to the MEC and the company.*

The number of pilots is of no significant advantage on the MEC. It's only worth one vote at the board. Ask Ben Sally.

I have been a Houston based pilot since my wife and I moved to Kingwood in 1987.* A long time. I have held positions as both a First Officer and a Captains Representative.* I have also been a Line Check Airman

Were these management positions or ALPA elected/appointed positions?

It is a wonderful time to be a United pilot. We have industry leading wages and a sufficient contract. But it does not come without its challenges, both present and future. * I have seen the ebb and flow of this base, and that of other bases within our system, past and present. We are at a crossroads in Houston.* A cross road I feel our current C171 representatives had our combined best interest sharply in focus until this tragedy. *

I take this as one who feels the contract is good enough and no work is needed to improve or fix many of the current contract issues.
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Sincerely,

Captain Gary J. Edwards
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Has this guy been paying attention?
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I've flown with Gary, and he is a great guy. Not management, and yes, he does pay attention.
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Interesting you endorse Edwards after Birddog choose to post Edwards letter first. I only responded to the political aspects of what the 3 guys wrote in their proffers.

Brad Hutchens(LUAL) probably doesn't have a chance of getting elected considering the history of former LCAL base voting.

Chuck Cummins doesn't carry the political baggage the other 2 do and from a logical standpoint would put him at the top of the voter list.

With the change of pilot makeup in Houston, maybe it's time for a Captain Rep that has no ties to the militant LUAL side or the LCAL "friends of Fred" side. Sending new blood to the MEC table may be something needed to restore ALPA to it's past glory. Chuck Cummins is the logical choice and the Houston guys need to VOTE.

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No conspiracy, and I was not on the grassy knoll with the magic bullet.

It's simple: I've flown with Gary. I think he's a nice guy and very easy to work with, and we are from original opposite legacies.

I've never met the other two, so I can't testify to their character.
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Interesting you endorse Edwards after Birddog choose to post Edwards letter first. I only responded to the political aspects of what the 3 guys wrote in their proffers.

Brad Hutchens(LUAL) probably doesn't have a chance of getting elected considering the history of former LCAL base voting.

Chuck Cummins doesn't carry the political baggage the other 2 do and from a logical standpoint would put him at the top of the voter list.

With the change of pilot makeup in Houston, maybe it's time for a Captain Rep that has no ties to the militant LUAL side or the LCAL "friends of Fred" side. Sending new blood to the MEC table may be something needed to restore ALPA to it's past glory. Chuck Cummins is the logical choice and the Houston guys need to VOTE.
The SAME Chuck Cummins that was so anti-UAL after being let go from the Safety Committee awhile back right after the MEC merge ?!

Better dig a little deeper........
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Brad Hutchens(LUAL) probably doesn't have a chance of getting elected considering the history of former LCAL base voting.

Chuck Cummins doesn't carry the political baggage the other 2 do
Jeff and Nick were both LUAL, so not sure about your first point.

Also Chuck, has more political baggage then the other two combined.
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The SAME Chuck Cummins that was so anti-UAL after being let go from the Safety Committee awhile back right after the MEC merge ?!

Better dig a little deeper........
Chuck was dismissed simply for being lcal and no other reason. His ire was directed at those responsible, not the line pilots.
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