Norwegian Air International Call to Action

Urge Your Senators to Vote YES on the Klobuchar-Coats-Schatz-Blunt Amendment, Deny NAI

Action is needed now in the U.S. Senate! Pilots scored a major victory to Deny NAI on June 9 when the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Westmoreland-DeFazio Amendment to H.R. 4745, the FY 2015 Transportation Appropriations bill. Not one member of the House of Representatives opposed our efforts to level the playing field for U.S. pilots.

The amendment simply requires that DOT follow U.S. law and labor protection provisions of the U.S.-EU Open Skies Agreement when considering an application for a foreign air carrier permit. The strength of our collective voice was heard by the House. Now we must make our voices resonate in the U.S. Senate!

Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dan Coats (R-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) will offer an amendment during the week of June 16 when the Senate takes up its FY 2015 Transportation Appropriations bill (S. 2438). This amendment mirrors the amendment passed in the House. Debate could start as soon as Monday, June 16, so the time to act is now! If you have already signed the petition and/or participated in the Call to Action to the House of Representatives, it is time to step up again for Round 2. Your efforts are working! Take Action Today to send a message to your U.S. senator. Also call your senators through the Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121 and urge him or her to vote YES on the Klobuchar-Coats-Schatz-Blunt Amendment to Deny NAI! Every email, tweet, and phone call counts!

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ALPA’s Policy Paper

In this year’s edition of Leveling the Playing Field, the third edition of ALPA’s policy paper, the Association provides the blueprint lawmakers need to make U.S. airlines viable companies in the global marketplace. With the deck stacked against the United States, it’s vital that the U.S. government act on the issues threatening the airline industry. The U.S. airline industry is in survival mode, and only the strongest (and/or best funded) will rise above the noise in Washington, D.C.


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Legislative Issues

Secondary Barriers: In 2001, Congress mandated the installation of reinforced cockpit doors on most commercial aircraft as the first step toward preventing another 9/11-style breach of the cockpit. To provide better security, secondary barriers were developed to block access to the cockpit whenever the cockpit door is open during flight. Voluntary airline industry movement toward adopting secondary barriers began in 2003, but commitment to deploying these devices has since waned. H.R. 1775, the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013 simply fulfills Congress’s intent from more than a decade ago to make cockpits more secure.

        Saracini Aviation Safety Act (H.R. 1775) Fact Sheet | Saracini Aviation Safety Act (S. 1495) Fact Sheet | Secondary Barriers White Paper

Pilot Fatigue:
ALPA strongly supports the Safe Skies Act (H.R. 182) for the simple reason that all pilots, regardless of the nature of their operations should be protected by the same rules.

        Fact Sheet: All Airline Pilots Are Human When It Comes to Fatigue | Fighting Fatigue website | H.R. 182 Fact Sheet | H.R. 182 Support Letter | S. 1692 Support Letter | FAA Airline Pilot Fatigue Analysis Flawed
 
Federal Flight Deck Officer Program: When dealing with terrorism, the deterrent value of an armed presence within the cockpit cannot be overstated.
 
Taxing Health Care Benefits: Taxing employer provided health coverage is wrong for ALPA members. Under some bipartisan proposals, as many as 84% of ALPA pilots would endure increased costs by 2018.

        Talking Points: Taxing Employer-Provided Health Care is Wrong for Air Line Pilots & for America’s Working Families

View all ALPA positions on the ALPA Viewpoints website.

Now Recruiting: District Advocates

We are looking for volunteers who are interested in promoting ALPA’s legislative agenda and want to serve as pilot partisan representatives to their local congressional office. Volunteers should be willing to schedule and lead in-district advocacy visits with their Member of Congress.
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Call to Action II:
Urge Your Senators to Vote YES on the Klobuchar-Coats-Schatz-Blunt Amendment, Deny NAI


Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Dan Coats (R-IN), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) will offer an amendment during the week of June 16 when the Senate takes up its FY 2015 Transportation Appropriations bill (S. 2438). This amendment mirrors the amendment passed in the House. Debate could start as soon as Monday, June 16, so the time to act is now! If you have already signed the petition and/or participated in the Call to Action to the House of Representatives, it is time to step up again for Round 2. Your efforts are working! Take Action Today to send a message to your U.S. senator. Also call your senators through the Capitol switchboard 202-224-3121 and urge him or her to vote YES on the Klobuchar-Coats-Schatz-Blunt Amendment to Deny NAI! Every email, tweet, and phone call counts!

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Call to Action:
Support the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013


In 2001, Congress mandated the installation of reinforced cockpit doors on most commercial aircraft as the first step toward preventing another 9/11-style breach of the cockpit. Airlines are required to use procedures to protect the cockpit when the reinforced door is opened during flight for pilots’ meals, restroom use, and other reasons. To provide better security, secondary barriers were developed to block access to the cockpit whenever the cockpit door is open during flight. Voluntary airline industry movement toward adopting secondary barriers began in 2003, but commitment to deploying these devices has since waned. H.R. 1775/S. 1495, the Saracini Aviation Safety Act of 2013 simply fulfills Congress’s intent from more than a decade ago to make cockpits more secure. Tell you representatives to cosponsor this bill today!

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Call to Action:
The Safe Skies Act of 2013

The Safe Skies Act has been reintroduced! Like its predecessor in the 112th Congress, the Safe Skies Act of 2013 will correct the oversight made by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in its final regulations (FAR 117) to address pilot fatigue for passenger airlines only. The rules excluded cargo airline operations from mandatory compliance. For decades, ALPA has advocated for “One Level of Safety” for the simple reason that all pilots and airline operations should be treated equally regardless of payload or flight mission. Contact your representative today to urge them to support the Safe Skies Act and achieve One Level of Safety.

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