FFD Meeting Highlights Negotiations, Coordination
Pilot leaders from Air Wisconsin, Atlantic Southeast,
American Eagle, Compass, Endeavor, ExpressJet, Mesa,
Piedmont, and Trans States gathered this week at ALPA’s
Herndon, Va. conference center for the Association’s Small
Carrier Bargaining Forum and Fee-for-Departure (FFD)
meeting. Event attendees reviewed financial projections for
the airline industry’s performance in 2014, examined the
initial effects following Part 117’s implementation,
reviewed the Affordable Care Act and its impact on our plans
for the future, and considered retirement plan issues that
should be addressed in negotiations.
The meeting participants shared information and ideas
concerning negotiating issues at their respective
properties. Capt. Sean Hansen (ALA), ALPA’s National
Collective Bargaining Committee (CBC) chairman, and Capt.
Jonathan Allen (PCL), his pilot group’s MEC chair and CBC
member, led a discussion on strategic initiatives aimed at
protecting this segment of the airline pilot profession. The
day concluded with ALPA president Capt. Lee Moak leading an
open discussion on issues affecting FFD pilot groups and
offering ideas about ways the Association can assist moving
forward. ALPA’s FFD pilot groups have been meeting in person
and holding conference calls routinely to share information
and focus on industry concerns.
ALPA Responds to Latest RPA Incident (What’s an RPA?)
Read ALPA’s response to the recent ditching of a U.S.
Customs and Border Protection Predator B drone off of the
California coast due to a mechanical failure. Capt. Sean
Cassidy, ALPA first vice president and national safety
coordinator, spoke with Bloomberg to outline the
Association’s concerns and explain what will be necessary to
safely allow remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) into the
national airspace system.
Read the Bloomberg story.
ALPA Trains New Safety, Security Reps
Thirty-six ALPA pilot safety representatives, representing
12 airlines from the United States and Canada, participated
in the ALPA Air Safety Organization’s (ASO) Basic Safety
School (BSS), Airport Safety Liaison (ASL), and Security
Training Course (STC) programs last week in Herndon, Va.
Read more about ALPA safety and security training.
FDX MEC Hosts Unity Event
As the FedEx Express pilots near the one-year anniversary of
entering Section 6 negotiations with management, unity among
the crew force has never been more significant. On Tuesday,
the FDX MEC’s Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee (SPSC)
hosted a Pilot Unity Building (PUB) event in Memphis at
Buffalo Wild Wings.
“This is the second time we’ve planned this event in
coordination with our MEC meeting week,” explained SPSC
chairman First Officer Mark Durant. “Aligning this event
with the MEC meeting allows for all of the MEC leadership
and committee chairmen to be in one location to answer
members’ questions.” With roughly 200 pilots in attendance,
this event demonstrated the pilots’ resolve and commitment
to see this contract to the end.
Read more about the FDX unity event.
“Our Stories” Features Extraordinary ALPA Members
Air Line Pilot magazine periodically runs a column
titled “Our Stories,” which features the extraordinary
accomplishments of individual ALPA members. Whether
bicycling across the Cascade Mountains to raise money for a
local hospital or jumping from a refurbished C-47 as part of
the World War II Airborne Demonstration Team, airline pilots
are engaged in their communities.
Look for future “Our Stories” columns in upcoming issues of
the magazine. To see previous stories, visit
www.alpa.org/ourstories. Most importantly, let us know
if an ALPA member you know is involved in a project or
extracurricular activity that’s worth highlighting, so we
can share that story with others. Write to us at
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