JetBlue MEC Takes First Step—With an Interim Agreement
Today, the new JetBlue MEC announced that it successfully
negotiated an interim agreement with JetBlue management.
This document sets forth procedures for handling grievances
and disciplinary actions, as well as outlining the
“Association Leave” policy for pilot volunteers. This marks
an important step toward an eventual collective bargaining
agreement, which would be the first on the property.
Read the entire release.
ALPA Daily Extra: Capt. Moak Opposes NAI in The Hill
Today, The Hill published Capt. Moak’s editorial
opposing NAI, “Why would Norwegian Air International object
to obeying the law?”. In the piece, Capt. Moak lays out the
arguments against NAI and its scheme to evade labor laws,
while also setting the record straight on NAI’s
misrepresentation of ALPA’s position.
Read the entire editorial.
Congratulations! Kathy Fox Appointed to Chair the Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Today, ALPA issued a statement congratulating Kathy Fox on
her appointment as chair of the Transportation Safety Board
(TSB) of Canada, with her term beginning on August 21, 2014.
Describing her as “an excellent choice,” ALPA reiterated its
successful collaborations with Ms. Fox in the past and looks
forward to a continued productive relationship as she moves
into her new position with TSB.
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ALPA Hosts Symposium on Just Culture and Data Sharing
Aviation data-gathering and analysis programs, especially
FOQA and ASAP, have made enormous contributions to improving
airline safety in North America, and similar efforts are
beginning to take root on other continents. ALPA gathered
more than 100 ALPA aviation safety representatives and
government and industry leaders from around the world to
discuss how to further data sharing efforts in Washington,
D.C., yesterday at the Proactive Use of Data:
International Progress Toward a Just Culture Symposium.
Well over 100 viewers from 29 countries tuned in to the
“Data sharing is pivotal if we’re to enhance safety
keynote speaker Michael Huerta, FAA administrator. “And
I think there’s little doubt that data sharing has the
potential to be the single-greatest catalyst for aviation
safety in the decades to come.” Distinguished panelists from
Canada, Europe, and the United States expanded on varying
issues, including fundamental concerns regarding use and
misuse of data gathered through voluntary, confidential
self-reporting safety programs, which remains to be
Read more about the
Just Culture Symposium.
First Air to Shut Down Heavy Cargo Operation
For a time it was the biggest cargo aircraft operating in
the Canadian arctic—a B-767-200 freighter flown by First Air
to deliver groceries and other supplies to remote northern
communities. Now the airline has announced it’s giving up
the 767, which management says was underutilized and
expensive to operate. The very senior pilots at FAB who fly
the freighter will be moved to other aircraft, which may
cause a ripple effect of displacements throughout the entire
FAB group. First Air says it expects the 767 crews to
transition to its growing fleet of B-737s, where there is a
shortage of pilots.
Cargo is a huge business for First Air, Canadian North,
Calm Air, and other ALPA carriers in Canada. Air freight is
often the only way to deliver perishable food, mail, and
other time-sensitive cargo to far-flung destinations that
can be hundreds of miles away from the nearest road. The
Ottawa-based airline also flies ATR-42 and ATR-72 turboprops
configured to carry both passengers and cargo, and a pair of
Lockheed Hercules transports.
Spirit MEC Revs Up P2P Committee
For many pilot groups, growth happens on a slow steady pace,
but for Spirit Airlines, they’ve more than tripled the size
of the pilot group in less than five years—and it shows no
sign of slowing. Going from a small cadre of pilots who all
knew each other to a large group with bases spread across
the continental U.S. presented challenges, especially in
communications. To help make sure that all Spirit pilots
have timely and accurate information, the Spirit MEC has
reinvigorated the Pilot-to-Pilot (P2P) Committee under the
leadership of F/O James Ackerman. On June 12 and 13, a dozen
volunteers met in Herndon for P2P training, including
presentations from Communications, Representation, Legal,
and Economic and Financial Analysis departments.
“With negotiations around the corner,” commented F/O
Ackerman, “we need to make sure that all our pilots, old and
new, have the facts. Rather than waiting for them to read an
e-mail or ask a status representative, we’re going to them
to build unity, create consensus, and stamp out the rumor
ExpressJet Families Launch 2014 Unity Tour
Starting this weekend, the ExpressJet Family Awareness
Committee is launching a summer-long series of fun events
for the group’s almost 3,000 pilots. XJT will begin its 2014
“Unity Tour” this Friday, June 20, with a gathering at the
Wet ‘n’ Wild Splash Town waterpark just north of Houston in
Spring, Tex. There are five more events for XJT families
this summer, including Elitch Gardens in Denver on July 18;
Cedar Point near Cleveland on July 28; the Schlitterbahn
Waterpark in Kansas City on August 8; the Action Park near
Newark, N.J., on August 18; and WhirlyBall in Chicago on
The Family Awareness events will give XJT pilots and
their loved ones a chance to relax together while also
getting informal briefings from the MEC and other volunteers
on joint contract negotiations, the merger with ASA, and
other union work. XJT pilots who want to learn more about
the tour or RSVP for events should visit
ExpressJetSPC.alpa.org and click on the “RSVP” tab.
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