System and Line Bidding Proposal by warwar123

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									System and Line Bidding Proposal
Background
●   The Cape Air business model necessitates
    significant pilot movement twice each year.
    Efforts have been made to mitigate the financial
    strain of frequent displacements through bonuses,
    pay differentials, and programs like the two theater
    bid.

●   The past two years have seen a steady expansion
    of the route network largely through EAS awards.
    The number of pilot domiciles has increased from
    5 to 15 in the Northeast/NY regions alone. Pilots
    are based at the out stations on EAS service routes.
Discussion
●   The sheer number of bases and the frequent
    potential for displacement are rapidly creating
    considerable anxiety within the pilot group.

●   Pilots want more predictability in the base
    protection policy and more lead time for seasonal
    relocation to and from the Caribbean.

●   The system bidding rules outlined below
    intentionally give added base protection to out
    station pilots so that one displacement will not
    create a domino effect throughout the system
    while still giving the displaced pilot a number of
    options.
Goal
●   Develop policies that clearly define the rules for
    bidding and base rights that inject a measure of
    predictability into the process.

●   These policies will allow the Company to react to
    market forces in a timely manner.
Method
●   The Company may unilaterally change FOM
    policy. However, they have solicited our input and
    wish to partner with us on a solution.

●   The results of this collaboration could be a
    platform in contract talks and eventually be part of
    our future contract.

●   Please remember this is only a proposal. The
    Company has not agreed to any changes to the
    current FOM policy.
Proposal
Separate system (base) bidding from line bidding.
●
  Advantages:
   – One error will not cause a massive ripple effect in bids
     as happened in September necessitating a revision.
   – Bid lines will not be held hostage to staffing
     uncertainies as happened with the STL situation.
   – System bids can be held much sooner creating more
     lead time for pilots to plan for relocation.
   – Bid line building can be delayed to better reflect
     market conditions hopefully reducing the number of
     back up lines and changes to pilot schedules.
   – Option to build multiple line bids within system bid
     time frames in response to market demand giving
     pilots the chance to change schedules more often.
● Although pilots will not see the bid lines ahead of the

  system bid, past bid lines can be used as a guide.
System bid definitions
●   System bid: The process by which pilot base
    staffing is changed though vacancies and
    displacements.

●   Vacancy: A staffing requirement that no pilot
    currently holds and is available to all pilots system
    wide in order of seniority during a system bid.

●   Displacement: A reduction in the number of pilots
    at a base. This process is governed by the system
    bidding rules.
System bid definitions (cont.)

●   Flex bases: Bases that typically have large
    seasonal changes in pilot staffing. They are
    grouped by region for system bidding rules.
    –   BOS, EWB, HYA, SJU, STT, STX


●   Flex base regions:
    –   Northeast: BOS, EWB, HYA
    –   Caribbean: SJU, STT, STX
System bid definitions (cont.)
●   Out stations: Bases that are often EAS cities
    and/or have very low pilot staffing. They are
    grouped by region for system bidding rules.
    –   RUT, SLK, LEB, RKD, PBG, PVC, MVY, MSS,
        OGS, ART, HGR, LNS, PSE, MAZ, EIS, RSW, EYW,
        CGI, UIN, MWA

●   Out station regions:
    –   Northeast: RUT, SLK, LEB, RKD, PBG, PVC, MVY
    –   New York: MSS, OGS, ART
    –   Mid Atlantic: HGR, LNS
    –   Caribbean: PSE, MAZ, EIS
    –   Florida: RSW, EYW
    –   Midwest: CGI, UIN, MWA
System bid rules
 ●   All pilots system wide in order of seniority may
     bid vacancies at any base without limitation.

 ●   Advanced entitlement awards are compulsory.
     –   We will ask the Company to provide enough line bid
         information and/or other incentives to entice bidding.

 ●   The rules for displacements differ between flex
     bases and out station bases. A displacing pilot will
     refer to the rules for the type base that he/she is
     being displaced from.

 ●   The following slides explain the rules for flex
     bases and out station bases.
System bid rules – Flex Bases

●   All pilots (limited by the number of reductions and
    in seniority order) in a flex base that is being
    reduced may:
    –   Bump within that flex base region
    –   Fill a vacancy in the other flex base region
    –   Fill a vacancy in any out station base

Note: These rules will cover the vast majority of cases, but
 the rules on the next slide take continued displacing to its
 logical conclusion. These rules would come into play
 infrequently or in the event the Company needs to
 furlough pilots.
System Bid rules – Flex Base (cont.)
●   In the event the displaced pilot does not have the seniority
    to bump within his/her flex base region and there are no
    vacancies in the other flex base region, he/she may bump
    in the other flex base region.

●   If he/she does not have the seniority to bump in either flex
    base region, he/she will choose any vacancy at an out
    station base.

●   If there are no out station base vacancies, he/she will
    bump the most junior pilot in the system who presumably
    would be furloughed.
System bid rules – Out Stations

●   All pilots (limited by the number of reductions and
    in seniority order) in an out station base that is
    being reduced may:
    –   Bump within that out station region
    –   Bump in any flex base in either flex base region
    –   Fill a vacancy in any out station base

Note: If displacements at a flex base occur as a result, then
 the system rules on the previous two slides would apply.
Examples
●   There is a seasonal reduction in HYA of ten pilots.
    Ten HYA pilots in order of seniority may:
     – Bump more junior pilots in BOS or EWB
     – Fill vacancies in the Caribbean flex base region
     – Fill vacancies in any out station base
●   EIS closes. Those pilots in seniority order may:
     – Bump more junior pilots in PSE and MAZ
     – Bump more junior pilots in either flex base region
     – Fill vacancies in any out station bases
●   There is a seasonal reduction in SJU. A very junior
    pilot does not have the seniority to bump in the Caribbean
    flex base region nor hold any base in the northeast flex
    base region. He would have his choice of any out station
    vacancy. If none exists, he would displace the most junior
    pilot in the system.
Implementation
●   System bids would occur whenever the Company
    needs to change base staffing. A system bid
    proffered by the Company will list by base the
    approximate number of vacancies and
    displacements and a deadline for bidding. System
    bidding procedures for the pilots will need to be
    addressed.

●   We will ask the Company to conduct a non-
    binding practice system bid giving everyone a
    chance to test drive the new rules and bidding
    procedures before the first actual system bid.
Conclusion
●   We feel this proposal has tangible benefits for both
    the pilot group and the Company. Your concerns
    have been heard.

●   Thank you for the time you spent responding to
    the surveys and reviewing this proposal. Please
    continue to send us your comments and questions
    to Questions@9kpilots.org.

								
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