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            By Capt. Tim Canoll, ALPA President

S ince ALPA was founded            resources. Every pilot group is     and shipping public as well as
         in 1931, ironclad unity   independent—we call it “inde-       government officials, regulators,
         and unsurpassed profes-   pendence plus.” ALPA members        and lawmakers.
sionalism have served as our       truly have an enormous “plus”
members’ proud trademark. For in the form of our union’s re-              The true power of democracy
more than three decades, PSA       nowned subject-matter commit-       is only realized through individ-
pilots have played an integral     tees, expert staff, and financial   ual participation, and PSA pilots
role in setting the standard for resources.                            understand the importance of
our union.                         In each of ALPA’s strategic         making their voices heard. In
As 2018 begins, PSA pilots’        priority areas—representation,      2017, more than 200 PSA pilots
unity and professionalism has led safety and security, and the fu-     supported ALPA-PAC, the most
to important achievements—and ture of our profession—our unity         bipartisan labor PAC in the Unit-
set the stage for more progress and professionalism have proven        ed States. In addition, more than
in the year ahead. PSA Airlines    indispensable to achieving our      60 PSA pilots helped fuel ALPA’s
experienced steady growth last members’ goals. For example,            2017 Call-to-Action effort in sup-
year and launched new flights. while PSA and other airlines have       port of maintaining the FAA’s first
At the same time, PSA pilots’      offered longevity and new-hire      officer qualification and training
relationship with the compa-       bonuses to their pilots, ALPA       requirements, which resulted in
ny’s management team has also members recognize that perma-            lawmakers receiving more than
improved, as has the contract      nent contract gains and improved    40,000 letters and e-mails. In
pattern across the fee-for-depar- work rules are what’s needed to      2018, special-interest groups will
ture sector of the industry.       attract and retain pilots for the   continue to try to roll back safety
For all these reasons, the         long term. As a result, the pilots  for their financial gain and we’ll
coming year holds important op- of PSA, along with all ALPA pilots,    need every PSA pilot to engage
portunities for PSA pilots. Across are working to secure the quality   in #TrainedforLife.
our Association, ALPA members of life and career progression im-
are demonstrating unity, disci- provements that will ensure both          I hope you share my optimism
pline, and commitment to our       safe transportation and a strong    when it comes to the opportu-
long-term strategic goals. De-     pilot supply in the future.         nities that exist for PSA pilots in
spite distraction in the external  ALPA’s Trained for Life cam-        2018. As always, ALPA will bring
environment, ALPA pilots are       paign makes it clear that the       the full weight of our union to
standing firm. We are unified and FAA’s first officer qualification    bear as PSA pilots work in unity
resolved, and PSA pilots are once and training requirements have       to achieve the contract gains and
again leading by example.          played an essential role in         sustainable careers they have
While the details may differ       preventing even a single airline    earned and that will ensure a
                                                                       strong future for our profession. 

for each pilot group, ALPA stands passenger fatality on a U.S. com-
apart from other unions by the mercial aircraft since 2010. While
model each of our Master Execu- every ALPA pilot is aware of the
tive Councils create in following training required throughout our
the democratic process to deter- careers, #TrainedforLife reinforc-
mine its direction while drawing es the depth of pilots’ commit-
on our union’s vast expertise and ment to training for the traveling

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