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January 5, 2012

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FDX Pilots Secure Across-the-Board Raise
The FedEx pilots’ current collective bargaining agreement (CBA), which was ratified in March 2011, provided a unique duration clause that allows ALPA to make the decision to reenter Section 6 negotiations after 12 months or extend the agreement an additional 12 months, while securing a 3 percent across-the-board raise for 2012. This week, the FDX MEC held a special MEC meeting with the agenda largely focused on the decision to either make the CBA amendable in early 2012 in lieu of retaining the 3 percent across-the-board raise for 2012 or retaining the 3 percent raise for 2012 and continuing in interim discussions throughout 2012.

After receiving briefs from ALPA’s Economic and Financial Analysis Department, the director of Representation, the FDX Negotiating Committee, and after carefully considering the pilots’ survey results, the MEC voted unanimously to retain the 3 percent across-the-board pay increase for 2012 and otherwise maintain the current CBA through March of 2013. In the meantime, ALPA and the company will continue interim discussions. “Our MEC representatives heard the voice of our pilots loud and clear and voted to extend the current agreement for an additional 12 months,” said MEC chairman Capt. Scott Stratton.

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ALPA Hosts ASAP Symposium

More than 50 ALPA representatives, including line pilots from 20 ALPA carriers, joined FAA, airline management representatives, and invited representatives from APA, IPA, and SWAPA today in a spirited discussion about the status of Aviation Safety Action Programs (ASAPs) and current challenges and trends in these vitally important voluntary safety reporting programs. The event in Herndon, Va. was organized and hosted by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l.

Welcoming the gathered safety reps, ALPA’s president, Capt. Lee Moak, noted, “ASAPs only work effectively when we have a true partnership with the FAA and our airlines. ALPA is proud to host this meeting—we find, when we work together, we achieve superior results.”

The attendees of the ALPA ASAP Symposium talked about such overarching ASAP issues as the value of expedited ASAP Event Review Committee (ERC) meetings, the balance needed between thorough evaluation of reports and timely closing, and the value of stable membership and good relationships in successful programs.

Read more.

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Moak to Speak at NATCA Conference, Pilots Encouraged to Attend
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak is slated to be a keynote speaker at the 2012 NATCA “Communicating for Safety” conference, January 30 through February 1, in Atlanta, Ga. The conference will cover a broad range of topics pertinent to airline pilots, and ALPA encourages members to sign up to attend this important event.

“Air traffic control is a vital component of our air transportation system, and it’s important that we take advantage of this kind of opportunity to share information and exchange ideas,” said Moak. “‘Communicating for Safety’ provides us valuable time to talk with controllers outside the cockpit.”

“Communicating for Safety” is a national high-profile summit, similar in presentation to ALPA’s Air Safety Forum and held annually by the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Senior officials from both government and industry will present speeches, panel discussions, and workshops that highlight aviation safety. Past agendas have dealt with issues like fatigue and human performance, NAS and the environment, unmanned aerial systems, and accident investigations.

For more information about “Communicating with Safety” and to register, visit

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ALPA-PAC Launches New Website
ALPA-PAC’s new website is officially live! ALPA members can now learn about the PAC, stay up-to-date on who has earned the PAC’s support and why, make a contribution, and sign up for PAC check-off, all through Check it out here!



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ALPA Mobile Update for BlackBerry Users
The ALPA mobile app for Blackberry users has now been updated to include the ALPA Jumpseat Policy Guide. Jumpseat policies for virtually all member carriers can be accessed via the new JSeat option.

This app is available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry devices and can be downloaded at

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We Want to Hear from You!
To better connect with you in the New Year, the ALPA Communications team wants your feedback on social media and how ALPA can better utilize these tools.

Please complete a brief eight-question survey that will help us build our network to keep you better informed.


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Stay Connected
Stay connected with your union, your profession, and your industry by reading Air Line Pilot magazine and watching monthly episodes of The FlightDeck.

Read about the state of the airline industry and its prospects for the future on page 16 of the December “swimsuit” issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the eleventh installment of The FlightDeck, watch footage of United’s Dulles Airport Fantasy Flight for special-needs kids.

Remember that both Air Line Pilot and The FlightDeck can also be accessed from the members-only portion of the ALPA website at

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Other Industry News
• According to Reuters, Delta Air Lines has added a $3 surcharge for flights between the United States and Europe to help offset the cost of the EU's new Emissions Trading Scheme. Read more.

• The Digital Journal says the Canadian government is taking steps to streamline aviation security regulations. Read more.

• Seattle PI indicates that seven small snakes, birds wrapped in socks, and a stun gun disguised as a cell phone were among the more unusual items that TSA agents detected at airport security checkpoints in 2011. Read more.

Airport World reports that the restaurants at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport offer travelers the healthiest food options. Read more.

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Following pressure from ALPA, U.S. President Richard Nixon on January 5, 1973 called for tighter screening procedures at U.S. airports following numerous hijackings the previous year.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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If you have moved or changed your ISP or e-mail address, please update your ALPA records. If you don’t, you will no longer receive the ALPA FastRead and other e-mail bulletins and notices, and once your postal forwarding order expires, you’ll no longer receive the magazine and other ALPA mail. You can do it yourself by going to and logging in. Go to “My ALPA” in the menu at the top of the page, and from there, you’ll be instructed how to make the necessary changes.

If you don’t have access to the members-only section of, you can e-mail your requests by sending them to Be sure to include your member number or enough other information so that we can identify you in the membership database, and tell us what information needs to be updated.

Please note that it is not sufficient just to notify your LEC or MEC of these changes—you should register them with the ALPA Membership Department in Herndon.

Can’t remember your member number or how to log in? Need information about your ALPA insurance programs? These and other questions about ALPA services can be answered by contacting

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