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
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
Send your high-quality prints from a developer or
high-resolution digital images to
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
New Wingman Rankings Posted
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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.
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CFTC Hearing Confronts Oil Speculation
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.)
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
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
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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