Pilots speak with Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) about
ALPA's stance on upcoming legislative issues.
ALPA Pilots on Capitol Hill: Congress Must Level Playing Field for U.S. Airlines
Among the high points of ALPA’s first-ever Legislative
Summit, nearly 100 pilots representing 15 ALPA pilot groups
met with more than 110 members of Congress to make clear the
immediate need to advance U.S. laws and regulations that
allow U.S. airlines to compete on a level playing field with
heavily state-backed foreign airlines.
During the summit, held June 5–6, ALPA issued the newest
version of its
Leveling the Playing Field for U.S. Airlines
and Their Employees policy framework, which was designed by
its members to advance the safety, security, and economic
competitiveness of the U.S. airline industry and create
stable careers for U.S. airline pilots.
View a slideshow of ALPA pilots on Capitol Hill.
Read the full
Alaska Airlines Pilots to Vote on Tentative Agreement
The Alaska Airlines pilots on Wednesday reached a tentative
agreement for a new five-year contract that improves wages,
job security and work rules, and protects benefits. Alaska’s
pilots have been in negotiations for a new contract since
last summer, and the current contract became amendable April
“It is common for airline negotiations to last for years
beyond the contract amendable date. The fact that we were
able to reach an agreement so close to our amendable date is
indicative of the commitment of both parties to reaching an
agreement that recognizes the role the pilots play in the
success of Alaska Airlines, and that allows Alaska Airlines
to continue to prosper,” said MEC Chairman Capt. Chris
Notaro. The next step is for Alaska Airlines’ pilots to vote
on whether to accept the TA as a new Collective Bargaining
Agreement. Voting will start on June 14 and conclude the
morning of July 10. The MEC voted unanimously to recommend
that the contract be ratified.
Read the press release.
FFDO Funding Takes a Step in the Right Direction
At the strong urging of the Air Line Pilots Association,
Int’l, funding for the Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO)
program is a step closer to full funding as the U.S. House
of Representatives voted to approve an amendment that would
restore funding to $25 million in FY2014.
Due to thousands of ALPA members’ participation in the
Call to Action, as well as the tireless efforts of
ALPA’s Aviation Security Committee, pilot volunteers, and
Government Affairs staff, the funding would return to $25
million. FFDO funding was completely eliminated from the
administration’s current proposed budget.
praises the U.S. House for passing the amendment
sponsored by Representatives John Mica (R-Fla.), Peter
DeFazio (D-Ore.), and Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), and is urging
the Senate to pass similar language.
ALPA Urges Canadian Senate to Oppose C-377
ALPA continues to work to defeat Bill C-377—An Act to
Amend the Income Tax Act (Requirements for Labour
Organizations)—legislation that is now being considered by
the Senate of Canada. Capt. Georges Dawood,
secretary-treasurer of ALPA’s Canada Board, appeared before
the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade, and
Commerce yesterday to urge members of the Senate to oppose
this legislation, which would impose onerous and
administratively expensive reporting requirements on labour
Speaking on behalf of ALPA’s 2,800 Canadian members,
Dawood detailed the negative effect that the bill would have
if it were enacted. “The bill is discriminatory against
members of labour organizations, its reporting functions are
its enactment would cost Canadian taxpayers substantial
funds…to fix a problem that does not exist,” he said.
Read the full story.
ALPA-PAC President’s Circle Hits Milestone
Earlier this week, the ALPA-PAC President’s Circle earned
its 500th member. This great achievement shows a renewed
interest in the PAC and its mission to build a
President’s Circle members are leading by example,
contributing more than $40 each month to the PAC.
Collectively, this group gives more than $250,000 each year
to the PAC. All of that money goes toward educating members
of Congress about pilot issues and building the
relationships that we need to win in Washington.
Follow the great example being set by these 500 members
joining ALPA-PAC today!
Travel Alert for Turkey Issued by U.S. Department of State
On June 4, 2013, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of
Consular Affairs issued a
Travel Alert for Turkey. Political and social unrest has
led to sporadic demonstrations and violent clashes between
protestors and government authorities, resulting in multiple
arrests, injuries, and at least two deaths. The majority of
the activity has occurred within the city of Istanbul, but
has spread to outlying areas to include Ankara, Izmir,
Mersin, Adana, and elsewhere. In Istanbul, the
demonstrations have occurred primarily in the Taksim Square
area, a cultural and transportation hub (bus and subway) in
the Beyoglu district. Taksim Square is approximately 14.5
miles from Ataturk International Airport, which is located
in the Bakirkoy district.
All ALPA members are advised to use extreme caution if
travelling to Turkey and to be aware that seemingly peaceful
demonstrations can quickly turn confrontational and escalate
into violence. Please follow all guidance provided by your
individual airlines and always maintain situational
awareness of current conditions. You can stay up-to-date on
current events by visiting the U.S. State Department’s
Bureau of Consular Affairs website.
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