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August 23, 2012

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ATI, CCI MECs Circulate Joint TA for Member Ratification Vote
The Air Transport International and Capital Cargo negotiating committees of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, reached an agreement in principle with management on August 9, 2012, for a joint collective bargaining agreement (JCBA). Both MECs have held separate MEC meetings since then, unanimously approving the JCBA tentative agreement (TA) for a membership ratification vote. The MECs also met jointly this week to strategize and discuss logistics for road shows in Cincinnati and Miami, as well as locations in Bahrain, Japan, and Singapore, to educate members on the details of the TA.

Voting will open August 27 and close September 24. If the JCBA TA is ratified, it moves the merger process for the two carriers forward. The MECs’ merger committees have also begun integrated seniority list meetings.

If the JCBA is not implemented by December 31, 2012, the Transition and Process Agreement, which became effective on May 29 and guides this merger process, may be terminated.

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EIA Negotiations to Resume with NMB
The EIA MEC’s negotiators are scheduled to go back to the table with Evergreen management and their National Mediation Board (NMB) mediator after the NMB sent a meeting notice to the MEC’s negotiating team for a one-day session on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.

The last meeting between the two parties was in December 2011, when the Negotiating Committee and management representatives met to discuss open contract issues. The December meeting resulted in agreed-upon language for all sections of the contract except two—money and business-class travel. Since then, the NMB recessed mediation to allow the parties to reassess their positions.

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Catch the Latest Aviation News! Read ALPA Daily
The aviation industry is changing faster than ever before. The new “ALPA Daily” feature at will keep you informed of the latest industry developments and analysis from around the globe. Check it out each day to stay up-to-date on the news that affects pilots and the piloting profession.

ALPA Daily continues to grow in popularity, and members have contacted us asking if this information can be e-mailed to them directly. ALPA’s Communications and IT Departments are working toward that end. If you want to receive the electronic version of ALPA Daily, e-mail your name, ALPA number, and preferred e-mail address to We’ll let you know when you can expect “home” delivery.

• According to the New York Post, police are investigating two incidents of laser beams pointed at aircraft—a charter flight coming in for a landing at Kennedy Airport and a helicopter dispatched to investigate the report. Read more.

• CNN reports that aviation manufacturers such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Aerion are working on supersonic technology—with the latter predicting it could have a supersonic business jet in service as early as 2020. Read more.

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AERF, There When You Need It
Headlines in this week’s news include reports of wildfires in Northern California and Tropical Storm Isaac, which has all of the makings of large East Coast hurricane. These events could have a catastrophic effect on our members living in these regions and remind us of the importance of the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund. AERF provides for the immediate needs of ALPA pilots and their families who fall victim to widespread disasters.

To apply for a grant, sign on to the members-only portion of the ALPA website, click on the Relief Fund link, and complete and submit an application. To make a donation, send your check, payable to the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund, to ALPA Emergency Relief Fund, Cashiering Department, P.O. Box 1169, 535 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 20172-1169.

Please apply for help if you need it, and be sure to contribute generously to this important Association asset.

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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 ALPA’s conference to address pilot training issues on page 21 of the August issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 18th installment of The FlightDeck, watch coverage of the 58th ALPA Air Safety Forum and the extraordinary pilots honored at this year’s event.

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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On August 23, 1947, ALPA signed its first contract with Alaska Airlines.

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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.

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