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July 23, 2013

In This Issue:

First Air MEC Plans Contract Road Shows
Moak, Calio, Wytkind: Abu Dhabi CBP is a “Bad Deal” for America
We’re Looking for the Cover Photo for This Year’s “Swimsuit” Issue
Celebrating 82 Years of Promoting Airline Pilots
New Wingman Rankings Posted
CFTC Hearing Confronts Oil Speculation
News on the Net

First Air MEC Plans Contract Road Shows

The First Air MEC is planning a series of road shows to give crewmembers details of their new contract, which was finalized last week after three years of negotiations. The road shows will be held in Ottawa, Edmonton, Iqaluit, and Yellowknife. The contract, minus pay rates, is retroactive to December 31, 2010, and will run until December 2015.

The bulk of First Air’s new agreement was negotiated directly between ALPA and the company, with a handful of remaining items decided by an arbitrator. Because the group filed for arbitration, the contract is not subject to ratification by crewmembers. Details of the agreement have not been released, but First Air’s bargaining goals included higher pay, improved work rules, and harmonizing contract language with other ALPA carriers.

Moak, Calio, Wytkind: Abu Dhabi CBP is a “Bad Deal” for America

Yesterday, The Hill posted a guest blog coauthored by Capt. Lee Moak, president of ALPA, along with Nick Calio, president and CEO of Airlines for America, and Edward Wytkind, president of the Transportation Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. The posting, titled “Why preclearance in Abu Dhabi is a bad deal for America,” detailed why the proposed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facility in Abu Dhabi could have negative and far-reaching effects for the U.S. aviation industry. Unlike every other taxpayer-funded CBP, the one proposed for the Abu Dhabi International Airport will not be utilized by any passengers on U.S. carriers. Instead, the main beneficiary of the facility will be Etihad Airways, a state-supported airline of the United Arab Emirates.

Read the full blog post.

We’re Looking for the Cover Photo for This Year’s “Swimsuit” Issue

No, we don’t really run swimsuits, but we do run gorgeous photos, shot by our members, of flying on the line. Submit your photos of aircraft, pilots, skies, airports, and anything else you see during your day or night for the Third Annual Swimsuit Issue (December 2013) of Air Line Pilot magazine.

Send your high-quality prints from a developer or high-resolution digital images to Let us know who you are, who you fly for, and what we’re looking at. Your photo might even make the cover of this year’s Swimsuit Issue! Or inside the magazine. Or in a video production like the ones found at the following link.

Need a little inspiration? Watch a video of pilots’ previously submitted photos.

Capt. Dave Behncke and 23 other pilots, known as the “key men,” met in secret at the Morrison Hotel in Chicago on July 27, 1931, to talk about the hazards of flying and the other challenges confronting their profession. On that day, they established the Air Line Pilots Association, forging an important legacy for airline pilots around the globe.

This Saturday marks the 82nd anniversary of that critical decision, and it’s important that we take a moment to remember the many obstacles airline pilots have overcome since then, and the tremendous strides airline pilots continue to make in advancing both the profession and aviation safety and security. As the week progresses, we’ll look back at the 82 years ALPA has served as the airline pilots’ association.

New Wingman Rankings Posted

Updated rankings for Project Wingman have been posted. Check out who is leading the way. Project Wingman spotlights ALPA members leading by example by recruiting their fellow pilots to join ALPA-PAC. Participants earn special recognition, and the top recruiters compete for the grand prize. Join the competition today!

Why join the PAC? As professional pilots, we are facing huge threats to our careers and our profession. ALPA-PAC fights back against these threats by educating Members of Congress about our issues and building a pilot partisan Congress. Help secure your job and your industry by joining ALPA-PAC today!

CFTC Hearing Confronts Oil Speculation

On Wednesday, July 17, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee held a hearing regarding the reauthorization of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The CFTC is charged with implementing the regulations set forth in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ALPA played an active role in ensuring that Dodd-Frank included strong oversight and transparency provisions specific to oil speculation while protecting the ability of our employers to continue legitimately hedging on fuel prices. ALPA policy has been to get rid of unnecessary speculation in the oil markets in an effort to help reduce our fuel costs. Dodd Frank plays a key role in our effort.

During the hearing last Wednesday, Senator Donnelly (D-Ind.) made a passionate and informative statement before the committee. Other witnesses with whom we have worked on oil speculation regulation did an excellent job of explaining the issue of oil speculation during the time allotted to Senator Donnelly. Additionally, another panel witness, Gene Guilford, provided very informative testimony regarding oil speculation and how the market functions. ALPA and the aviation industry have long been supportive of ridding the commodities markets of rampant speculation in the oil market. This speculation continues to create inflated fuel prices for our companies and consumers at the pump as well as unwanted volatility in the oil market.


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News on the Net

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