ALPA Leaders’ Boot Camp with the Best in the Business
One third of the
Board of Directors of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, headed to Herndon
this week for the Leadership Training Conference, an annual event designed to
prepare newly elected leaders for representing their pilots at a super-service
level with the aid of the Association’s vast resources.
ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak addressed the attendees on Monday and answered
questions about the challenges the union faces in the ever-changing aviation
industry. “What’s coming is globalization,” Moak said. “Local is important. But
what’s happening globally will affect the profession.”
Moak covered ALPA’s goals for the years ahead, including leveling the playing
field and promoting one level of safety for all airline pilots. He challenged
the newest union reps to make the tough decisions that will position the North
American airline industry well in the global marketplace.
“This is the issue of your time,” Moak said,
alluding to other industry-defining moments that include deregulation and code
sharing. “In the U.S., if we don’t have a level playing field, you’re not going
to have a profession.” He detailed how ALPA is leading the charge to pull a
fractured industry together on common ground to protect and promote the airline
ALPA’s subject matter experts are leading the training this week. Monday segments
included a review of ALPA’s structure by Vice President-Administration Bill
Couette, a discussion about Association resources from ALPA Executive
Administrator Tim Canoll, and an overview of both internal and external
That afternoon, Leadership Training Conference attendees participated in
break-out sessions conducted by the Association’s senior Representation staff.
The group also learned about Robert’s Rules of Order for running affective
Today’s agenda included discussions about contract negotiations and
enforcement, the union’s Air Safety Organization, the ALPA Aeromedical Office,
and leadership advice. The conference attendees then visited a local National
Transportation Safety Board facility.
The ALPA Leadership Training Conference continues through Thursday.