This is the tenth installment in a series of posts designed to explain the structure and function of your union. Knowing how your union works and who to contact when you have questions or issues you want addressed will help you make the most of your career. Today we’re looking at MEC committees.
Delta pilots are the beneficiaries of a robust MEC committee structure. You’ve likely interacted with one or more of our committees in your time at Delta, from our Membership Committee speaking at your new hire dinner, to the Communications Committee keeping you updated on important news and information, to specialized committees supporting members of the military, scheduling issues, negotiations and more.
Several standing committees and subcommittees make up the Delta MEC committee structure. Committees are staffed by pilot volunteers who complete the work relevant to their area of expertise. While each committee serves a different purpose, all work together to achieve the common goal of serving the Delta pilot group and achieving its goals.
How are committees created?
The MEC Administration has the authority to create standing committees and subcommittees which then have to be approved by the MEC. The MEC, made up of local council status reps, directs the scope, duties and responsibilities of each committee as reflected in the policy manual. Some standing committees have a large area of responsibility and may therefore have a subcommittee(s) to focus specifically on one function. Subcommittees report directly to the chairman of their associated standing committee.
What is a special committee?
The MEC chairman may, with MEC approval, designate special committees to deal with specific issues on a limited term basis. This is in contrast to standing committees, which are permanent.
What are the responsibilities of the committees?
While MEC committees do not make or amend policy, they may make recommendations and may recommend changes in the scope and responsibilities of the committee. Committees coordinate their activities with the MEC administration and execute MEC direction.
Who does the work of each committee?
The MEC chairman appoints a committee chairman, who is then individually confirmed by the MEC, to lead each committee. The committee chairman then solicits members of the Delta pilot group to assist in the day-to-day functions of the committee. Any member in good standing is welcome to volunteer for MEC committees.
How many committees, subcommittees, and special committees currently serve the Delta MEC?
As of early 2018, there are currently 23 standing committees and 12 subcommittees serving the MEC. Each one is listed below, along with a general description of their duties:
Delta MEC Committee Structure
As of April 2018
This is an overview of current Delta MEC committees and subcommittees, as described by the Delta MEC Policy Manual. Listed below is a short description of each committee as well as associated subcommittees. Refer to the committee pages on alpa.org/dal (you must be signed in) for more detailed information and resources for each committee.
Aeromedical is a resource for FAA medical standards, certification and appeals procedures. Aeromedical volunteers are available to assist with physiological, psychological and/or medical concerns. The Pilot Assistance Network (PAN) is a subcommittee. PAN supports pilots who are seeking or are already engaged in physiological, psychological and/or medical assistance. PAN operates only to the degree requested, and with confidentiality.
Aviation Security Committee
Aviation Security works on behalf of Delta pilots to communicate timely security-related information. Further, recommendations are made to the Delta MEC on security matters including the FFDO program.
Central Air Safety Committee (CASC)
CASC is tasked with maintaining an organization to monitor and further all safety-related activities on behalf of the Delta pilots. CASC conducts an annual safety meeting to present and discuss items concerning safety at Delta. The Accident Investigating, ASAP, Critical Incident Response Program (CIRP) and FOQA committees also operate under the Central Air Safety Committee.
Communications Committee (Comm)
Comm coordinates all forms of communication from the MEC. Comm is also responsible for overseeing the Delta MEC digital spaces including the website, MEC Blog and social media channels. Comm is also charged with periodic polling of the pilot group and produces the weekly Vector’s publication.
- Delta Pilot Network (DPN)
DPN, a subcommittee of Comm, support pilots after major disasters with direct telephone calls and emails. The Committee oversees operation of the After Hours Support Network (AHSN) for time-critical scheduling/contract concerns. DPN also manages Pilot Unity Building (PUB) events where pilots can engage with elected officers.
Contract Admin Committee (CA)
CA is charged with enforcement of the PWA, clarifying questions of PWA interpretation, handling the grievance process and pilot representation. The System Board of Adjustment pilot members are a subcommittee of Contract Administration. The System Board of Adjustment is established for the purpose of adjusting and deciding grievances.
- Military Affairs Committee (MAC)
MAC, a subcommittee of CA, ensures that your federally protected rights to serve in the Armed Services as a member of the Guard and Reserve are fully secured. MAC coordinates with the Company on policies related to military duty.
Delta Pilots Assistance Committee (DPAC)
DPAC supports pilots dealing with alcohol and substance abuse/dependence. Completely confidential, DPAC can assist pilots in getting the help and resources they need to protect their career. This includes providing information on the HIMS program. DPAC acts as a liaison between the company, the FAA and medical professionals for pilots requiring assistance.
Flight Time/ Duty Time Committee (FT/DT)
The FT/DT Committee is charged with overseeing and managing issues related to FT/DT and reporting these to the MEC, National FT/DT committee, other MEC committees and appropriate international bodies. The Fatigue Risk Management Team (FRMT) and the Fitness Review Board (FRB) subcommittees work on matters related to rotation construction, available rest on layovers, hotel concerns, and FRMS, analyze de-identified fitness-for-duty reports (FFDR) to determine root causes of pilot fatigue, along with any contributing factors, and look for ways to modify both rotation construction and reroutes to reduce the risk of pilot fatigue.
Government Affairs (GA)
The Government Affairs Committee is your voice on Capitol Hill. GA fights for pilot-partisan legislative policies that protect our profession and advance pilot careers. They maintain an awareness of local and national legislative proposals, actions and issues that affect the pilot profession and communicate those to our pilots. They also provide information concerning ALPA-PAC, which supports pilot-partisan candidates without regard to party affiliation, and coordinate with ALPA National and other committees on governmental matters that may affect Delta pilots.
The Hotel Committee ensures our layover hotels are safe, comfortable and comply with the PWA. They inspect proposed hotels and respond to pilot-submitted FCR hotel complaints. Coordinates with the Aviation Security committee on layover security issues. The Hotel Committee inspects proposed layover hotel facilities and communicates with the company on acceptable and unacceptable facilities. Also, the hotel committee is responsible for making sure pilot lounge facilities are comfortable and include adequate amenities.
Information Technology Committee (IT)
The IT Committee oversees and reports on IT issues that affect Delta pilots. This committee provides the MEC and staff with ongoing support covering all aspects for the network, software and hardware. Other issues this committee works on include any EFB and other digital device initiatives from the Company.
International Affairs and Alliances Committee (IAAC)
IAAC serves as the subject matter expert on all matters pertaining to international affairs and alliances affecting Delta pilots.
- International Flying Optimization team (IFOT)
IFOT, a subcommittee of IAAC, makes recommendations on how to conduct new international operations over 12 hours of scheduled operations between new city pairs that the company had not previously operated.
- International Flying Committee
International Flying, a subcommittee of IAAC, monitors, investigates and evaluates any situation or issue relating to any phase of the international operation, working as a sub-committee of the International Affairs and Alliances Committee.
- Crew Rest Optimization Team (CROT)
CROT, a subcommittee of IAAC, provides recommendations on the appropriate crew relief seat or crew rest facility for specified long-haul aircraft.
The investor relations committee represents the MEC at Delta Annual Stockholder’s meetings and addresses the meeting as directed by the MEC. This committee is also responsible for managing permitted trading windows for those pilots who have signed confidentiality agreements.
Jumpseat & Employee Travel Committee (JET)
The JET Committee communicates jumpseat procedures, policies and protocol to the pilots, and coordinates with the Company to resolve concerns and issues.
Membership administers pilot information, council affiliation, dues reconciliation and apprentice monitoring. New Hire Welcome and Pilot Reorientation briefings are conducted by the Membership Committee.
The Negotiating Committee is charged with conducting negotiations including Section 6, communicating negotiation updates to the MEC and pilot group and overseeing implementation of negotiated agreements (LOAs, MOUs, PWA).
Pilot Family Matters Committee (PFMC)
PFMC is a resource for pilots dealing with family issues. PFMC is responsible for providing information relevant to family issues, including Delta policy, the PWA and other applicable guidance.
Professional Standards Committee (Pro Stans)
Pro Stans resolves conflicts between pilots and/or other individuals that might affect flight deck safety and/or professionalism in a nonjudgmental, non-accusatory and non-confrontational manner.
Retirement and Insurance Committee (R&I)
R&I educates members on retirement and insurance plans and benefits and assists members on related matters.
Scheduling monitors and enforces all scheduling provisions of the PWA and informs the pilot group of developments or changes related to scheduling issues. Scheduling also generates the monthly bid monitor report.
- Pilot Bidding System Committee (PBS)
The PBS Committee, a sub-committee of Scheduling, assists in designing, testing, implementing and improving all aspects of computer bidding, trip selection, open time board and other pilot scheduling-related issues.
- Rotation Construction Committee (RCC)
RCC, a subcommittee of Scheduling, monitors interpretation and application of the PWA and FARs related to the building of rotations. Surveys are conducted to understand the desires of the pilot group and used to provide recommendations to the Company to add value to bid packages across all fleets.
Scope Compliance & Analysis Committee
The Scope Committee monitors codeshares, joint venture (JV) and partnership compliance, as measured by the PWA. They also monitor industry scope trends and changes, and reports those finding to the MEC. The Scope committee serves as the Section 1 subject matter experts. They also assist the IAAC.
Strategic Planning Committee
The Strategic Planning Committee is tasked with assessing the airline industry environment to identify opportunities to protect the careers of Delta pilots. They also coordinate with and provide support to the Negotiating Committee.
The Training Committee acts as a liaison between the MEC and the Company/FAA on all training issues. They monitor training programs to maintain effectiveness and industry leading standards. The Committee also monitors the Company’s compliance with the PWA related to training.
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