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January 22, 2013

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ATI, CCI Pilots’ Merger in Final Stages
Last week, Arbitrator Richard Bloch issued the integrated seniority list (ISL) award to the Air Transport International and Capital Cargo MECs Merger Committee representatives.

The decision followed the guidelines set forth in ALPA Merger Policy and considered the state of each airline and the status and makeup of the respective pilot workforces, including their career expectations and longevity. The decision included a two-year fence that prohibits pilots from being awarded or displaced to a vacancy on the other carrier’s aircraft. Arbitrator Bloch also maintained the separate list for the professional flight engineers, now arranged by date of hire, as provided for in the joint contract.

“I am pleased with the outcome of the integrated seniority list award as I feel the arbitrator overall made a fair assessment of combining our two groups,” said First Officer Chuck Hill, CCI MEC chairman. “We now need to focus on implementing and enforcing the joint contract.”

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Did You Know Congress Could Tax Your Health Care Benefits?
Did you know that some in Congress are suggesting proposals to tax employer-provided health-care benefits? The exclusion from employee income of the value of employer-provided health insurance coverage has been an ongoing topic for legislators, looking for new sources of revenue for the federal budget and a way to curb health care premium increases.

Please take a moment to complete a brief survey to let us know what you think. Go to to participate. We want to hear from you.

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ALPA Congratulates Rep. Larsen on New Post
Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) was named as the top Democrat on the House Transportation & Infrastructure's aviation subcommittee today. Rep. Larsen has a strong history of representing the interests of both the aviation industry and its workforce, and is a great advocate for investments in the FAA, NextGen, and aviation infrastructure.

ALPA congratulates Rep. Larsen on his new position and looks forward to working with him to advance the pilot partisan agenda during this Congress.

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Get the Scoop! 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 members can sign up to receive ALPA Daily in their e-mail:

Visit this link.
• Log in with your ALPA member number and password.
• Select “E-mail Distribution Lists.”
• Check the box for “ALPA Daily.”
• Submit your request.

According to Air Transport World, Hawaiian carrier Island Air has signed a letter of agreement with an undisclosed buyer for the purchase of the company. Read more.

Yahoo! Finance reports that NAV CANADA announced its traffic figures for the month of December 2012 as measured in weighted charging units for en-route, terminal, and oceanic air navigation services, in comparison to the last fiscal year. Read more.

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What’s the FlightDeck? Watch It and Find Out

See photos from the recent memorial service in Charlotte for the 10-year anniversary of the Air Midwest 5481 tragedy. Find out how many Airbus A321neos (new engine options) Hawaiian Airlines planes to purchase. Hear about the contract that Pinnacle pilots just ratified. Plus, learn how you can better manage your cholesterol level.

Remember that you can sign up for our video podcasts of The FlightDeck via iTunes.

Tell us what you think about this latest edition at We also welcome your suggestions for future stories.

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Go Green & Save
Making sure you’re taking advantage of peak energy efficiency in your home just makes good sense. And because you’re a union member, Union Plus helps you save on home energy improvements.

Use your Union Plus credit card to sign up for an HVAC annual maintenance plan with union contractors and receive a $50 rebate. When they come to your house, you’ll appreciate the hard work of these SMART union members, representing a recent merger of sheet metal and utility workers.

Union families can also receive rebates up to $500 when you use your Union Plus credit card to purchase a new heating/cooling system, new Energy Star appliances, insulation, or other green home improvements. See all your green benefits at

And don’t forget that these unionized companies provide heating/cooling systems: Carrier, GE, or York.

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On January 21, 1976, British Airways and Air France simultaneously launched Concorde service from London to Bahrain and Paris to Rio de Janeiro, respectively.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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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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