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“Positive Rate” is designed to help keep the pilots who fly for American Airlines up to date on the issues affecting their professional careers. Produced by the Allied Pilots Association, “Positive Rate” features the union's leaders and subject-matter experts who work on the members' behalf.

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    • 4.5 • 23 Ratings

“Positive Rate” is designed to help keep the pilots who fly for American Airlines up to date on the issues affecting their professional careers. Produced by the Allied Pilots Association, “Positive Rate” features the union's leaders and subject-matter experts who work on the members' behalf.

    Episode 5: Assessing Delta TA and Rollout of TTS

    Episode 5: Assessing Delta TA and Rollout of TTS

    In the latest episode of our “Positive Rate” podcast, Communications Committee members CA Sander Mertz and FO Tami McBride talk to these subject-matter experts:

    Negotiating Committee member Matt Stanley discusses all of the work that's gone into comparing the Delta Tentative Agreement to our current JCBA as well as our negotiating framework.
    DCA Domicile Chair CA Joe Collins talks about the rollout of TTS Real Time Trading at his base and three others.
    Contract Compliance Committee member FO Ryan Dorris describes how Reserve pilots should be compensated for flying assigned during Duty Free Periods.

    Each episode of “Positive Rate” features various APA leaders and the subject-matter experts working on the membership's behalf. The podcast is available through popular streaming services, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify – you can search for “Positive Rate” or “Allied Pilots Association” on your platform of choice to subscribe and download.

    • 15 min
    Episode 4: Negotiating, Vacations, Hotels

    Episode 4: Negotiating, Vacations, Hotels

    In the latest episode of our “Positive Rate” podcast, which is hosted by CA Sander Mertz and FO Tami McBride of the Communications Committee, Negotiating Committee Chair CA John Owens talks about how his team incorporated input from a variety of committees as they fine-tuned our latest proposals at the bargaining table.
    This episode also features a brief explanation of vacation slides and vacation extensions from Contract Compliance Committee Chair CA BJ West as well as a reminder about the wealth of information that can be accessed in the Hotel Committee's Quick Reference Hotels document.
    Each episode of “Positive Rate” features various APA leaders and the subject-matter experts working on the membership's behalf. The podcast is available through popular streaming services, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify – you can search for “Positive Rate” or “Allied Pilots Association” on your platform of choice to subscribe and download. Your first opportunity to listen will be via AlliedPilots.org/Podcasts.
    We welcome your feedback on this format. If you have a question or a comment, please send it to Communications Director Gregg Overman via goverman@alliedpilots.org.

    • 14 min
    Episode 3: TTS Real Time Trading update

    Episode 3: TTS Real Time Trading update

    As the APA Board of Directors said last week (“Mutual Agreement”? Not So Fast), management plans to release TTS Real Time Trading on a rolling basis, beginning with BOS, DCA, LAX, and PHX. In the latest episode of “Positive Rate,” CA Sander Mertz and FO Tami McBride talk to APA Vice President CA Chris Torres and Scheduling Committee Chair CA Drew Coleman about how we got to this point and what we can expect from the new trip trading platform.

    If you have any questions about TTS after it is introduced at your domicile, contact the Scheduling Committee via 817-302-2321 or APA-TTS-support@alliedpilots.org

    • 12 min
    Episode 2: Vacation bidding, negotiations update, safety focus

    Episode 2: Vacation bidding, negotiations update, safety focus

    In the latest episode of our “Positive Rate” podcast, APA Communications Committee Deputy Chairs CA Sander Mertz and CA Wes Smith stress the importance of not floating your vacation before they chat with CA John Owens, who discusses why he is optimistic about what your Negotiating Committee will be able to achieve with the membership's support. (Please see “Meet Your Negotiating Committee” to learn more about them.)
    Each episode of “Positive Rate” will feature various APA leaders and the subject-matter experts working on the membership's behalf. The podcast is available through popular streaming services, including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify – you can search for “Positive Rate” or “Allied Pilots Association” on your platform of choice to subscribe and download. Your first opportunity to listen will be via AlliedPilots.org/Podcasts.

    • 16 min
    Episode 1: Negotiations update by union president Capt. Ed Sicher

    Episode 1: Negotiations update by union president Capt. Ed Sicher

    We are launching a new podcast called Positive Rate. In the debut episode, Communications Committee Deputy Chair CA Sander Mertz talks with APA President CA Ed Sicher about how the negotiating dynamic has changed since the announcement of the agreement in principle between Delta pilots and their airline.
    Each episode of Positive Rate will feature various APA leaders and the subject-matter experts working on the membership's behalf. The podcast will be available through popular streaming services – including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify – but your first opportunity to listen will be via AlliedPilots.org/Podcasts.
    We welcome your feedback on this format. If you have a question or a comment, please send it to Communications Director Gregg Overman via goverman@alliedpilots.org.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

BillBlaster1 ,

Good Length

Thanks for producing the podcast and for keeping it short and to the point.

flyinawa ,

Thank you!

Thanks for putting this together..I appreciate the quick update that allows us to get info while we’re on the run. More of these please!

foodboy767 ,

Three X Three

As is often the case with podcasts produced by non-professionals, the broadcast quality is mixed at best—some dialogue is loud and clear, some is weak and barely readable, and the listener’s hand on the volume knob determines the result.

As for content—informative, somewhat predictable (this is a labor union podcast), and a little infuriating. In the first episode you will learn, for example, why you as a pilot-member cannot be trusted with the results of a polling survey you paid for: because the company might discover that pilots generally want more pay for less work. Who knows what management might do with THAT insider information! Overall a 3x3. But keep up the good work, it can only get better.

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