ALPA Pilots Meet to Hear About Challenges, Threats to Profession
ALPA pilots assembled in Los Angeles today to personally
meet with ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak and Director of
Government Affairs Michael Robbins to review collective
bargaining and merger efforts, and to discuss what Moak
called “the fight of our generation” to protect the aviation
industry and pilot jobs in the United States.
The ALPA president systematically laid out the threats
posed by foreign ownership, U.S. government support for
foreign carriers through the Export-Import Bank of the
United States and the Abu Dhabi preclearance facility. U.S.
carriers currently compete with foreign airlines, which
receive preferential financing from the Export-Import Bank
to purchase aircraft. U.S.-based airlines are not able to
obtain the same preferential financing, placing them at an
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EU ETS Takes Center Stage at ICAO
ICAO negotiators from around the world began the 38th
ICAO Assembly in Montreal on Tuesday, September 24.
Negotiations on a global scale about the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) and a global
approach to emissions reductions are taking center stage.
Addressing the issue of aviation emissions has been a
decades-long process, and it appears that negotiators may be
close to reaching an agreement on the first phase of a
multiyear process to reduce aviation emissions. ALPA
continues to monitor these negotiations and provide input
ALPA and industry representatives have played a leading
role in pushing back against the unilateral imposition of
the EU ETS on the entire flight segment to or from the EU.
If this job-killing tax were to proceed as originally
intended, our industry would face an unworkable patchwork of
emissions-reductions systems. As part of its effort to stop
the EU ETS, ALPA and U.S. airlines reached out to Senators
Thune (R-S.D.) and McCaskill (D-Mo.) for assistance. The
senators introduced the bipartisan EU ETS Prohibition Act on
our behalf, which President Obama signed into law in
December 2012. Our successful effort to promote this
legislation is a large part of the reason ICAO is addressing
aviation emissions in a more favorable manner. This issue
will remain a top priority for ALPA as ICAO attempts to
reach a compromise.
Officers Appointed at AERF Annual Meeting
The directors of the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund held their
annual meeting this morning to appoint new officers and to
conduct the business of the fund. First Officer Mark
Segaloff (CAL) was appointed president. First Officer Chris
Gromek (UAL) will continue to serve as the fund’s treasurer,
and Capt. Mark Stanley (PSA) was appointed the new AERF
secretary. These assignments are effective immediately.
Former AERF president Capt. Ed Lowry (XJT) resigned from
the fund late this summer, and the current directors
expressed their gratitude for his many years of outstanding
AERF provides for the immediate needs of ALPA members and
their families who fall victim to widespread disasters. To
learn more about the fund, make a donation, or request a
“Securing the Skies” Conference in Washington, D.C.
On Oct. 17, 2013, ALPA and Airlines for America will sponsor
a one-day conference that will highlight numerous
significant aviation security improvements made since 9/11
and explore current challenges to the industry. The
conference will take place at the Mayflower Hotel in
For registration, meeting agenda, and additional
Add Your Voice to the Pilot Partisan Blog
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behalf on pilot partisan issues of importance to our careers
and our industry. ALPA’s Pilot Partisan blog
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in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa, and how these events impact
our careers and industry. Beginning this month, we want to
invite pilots from the line to share their thoughts on
legislative and industry news by contributing to Pilot
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an interesting news story, offer a response or critique to
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