Executive Board Endorses ALPA Financial Restructuring Plan
Executive Board meeting of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, concluded
yesterday with the Association’s 37 master
executive council (MEC) chairmen endorsing a comprehensive restructuring of the
Association’s financial resources and services.
The Executive Board acted on six recommendations from ALPA’s Executive
Council based on a comprehensive report by ALPA’s Special Committee for Finance,
Structure, and Services (SCFFS), which was created in 2010 to examine how the
organization could better utilize its resources to provide the most effective
services for members. This direction came directly from ALPA’s Board of
Directors strategic plan.
The Executive Board unanimously approved the Executive Council’s
recommendations to simplify ALPA’s financial policies and provide greater
efficiencies in the use of members’ dues dollars, including:
• simplifying the allocation of dues by reducing
the allocation to four accounts while preserving funding levels: MECs, Local
Executive Councils (LECs), the Operating Contingency Fund (OCF), and the
Administrative & Support Account (A&S or National Account);
• improving MEC and LEC expense controls and
creating a Resource and Planning Team to increase coordination with MECs on
planning, resource, and funding issues prior to and during contract
• enhancing funding of, and oversight of
expenditures from, the Association’s Operating Contingency Fund (OCF); and
• placing greater emphasis on the importance of
long-term funding of strategic priorities such as the Major Contingency Fund (MCF)
and Kitty Hawk Insurance Company.
The Executive Board also approved the Executive Council’s
recommendation to eliminate the Special MEC Reserve Account (SMRA), transfer
SMRA funds to the respective MEC’s account, and establish new policies for dues
refunds from MECs. This is subject to approval from ALPA’s Board of Directors.
Also during the meeting, all MEC chairmen provided a brief update on their
pilot groups. The Board authorized $2 million from the MCF to the Comair pilot
group and $500,000 to the CommutAir pilot group to support their ongoing
contract negotiations and heard updates from four delegate committees on the
status of the Association’s strategic plan.
ALPA’s point person on flight and duty time, Capt. Don Wykoff (Delta),
chairman of the Time/Duty Time (FT/DT) Committee , briefed attendees on the
status of the long-delayed FAA FT/DT rule, which remains bottled up in
Washington, D.C. Wykoff, also the new president of the International Federation
of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), debunked several myths and
misinformation being perpetuated by opponents of the proposed new rule and
reviewed ALPA’s full-court press to get science-based fatigue rules into law.
Pilot volunteers have made more than 250 visits to Capitol Hill, and two
online Calls to Action generated almost 20,000 messages to Congress and the
White House during the past few months.
Watch video footage of the
four ALPA national officer reports.
Read coverage from Day One of the 109th regular meeting of the ALPA