October 13, 2010
ALPA Elects Union’s Canada Board Leaders
FT. LAUDERDALE – The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), today announced that Capt. Dan Adamus (Jazz Air) has been reelected to serve a third term as the Association’s Canada Board president. He will be joined on the three-member board by Capt. Nick DiCintio (Jazz Air) and Capt. Bradley Small (Air Transat).
The elections took place during ALPA’s 43rd regular biennial Board meeting, during which all of the union’s representatives met to deliberate on union matters and chart a course for the Association’s future.
Capt. Adamus is a 25-year veteran of Jazz Air and currently flies the CRJ 200/705. In his previous terms as Canada Board president, Capt. Adamus worked to ensure that ALPA members in Canada fully engage in the union’s labor relations, safety, and security efforts. With his involvement, ALPA organized several new pilot groups in Canada, including CanJet, First Air, and Wasaya. In addition, a number of Canada’s ALPA-represented pilot groups forged collective bargaining agreements that included improvements in pay, benefits, and work rules.
“I look forward to working with the ALPA Canada Board to continue to build relationships with aviation stakeholders and take a strong stand on safety and all issues that concern ALPA pilots in Canada,” said Adamus. “ALPA will also be relentless in its efforts to stabilize and strengthen the economics of our industry to the benefit of all who depend on it.”
Capt. Nick DiCintio, a 22-year veteran of Jazz Air, was also reelected to a third term on the Board. He currently flies the CRJ 200/705. During his previous tenure on the Canada Board, Capt. DiCintio worked directly with the pilot groups ALPA represents in Canada as they went through challenging times such as contract negotiations. He also focused on bringing new pilot groups into ALPA.
“I fundamentally believe that ALPA International must represent all airline pilots so that we can meet the challenge of governments and managements that seek to undermine the airline piloting profession,” said DiCintio. “All airline pilots, no matter the size of their carrier, must work together to advance our profession, and being under the ALPA banner only strengthens that effort.”
Capt. Bradley Small was elected to serve as ALPA’s Canada Board secretary-treasurer. Capt. Small flies the A-310 and has been an Air Transat pilot for 14 years. He has been active with the Master Executive Council of the Air Transat pilot group and chairs the Air Transat pilots’ Strategic Preparedness and Strike Committee.
“Regardless of the size of our operation or the diversity of our individual backgrounds, airline pilots all face serious job security threats such as outsourcing,” said Capt. Small. “We know that standing together is the solution. Working with our international union, we can help secure our jobs and meet the other challenges we face in the cockpit.”
The ALPA Canada Board advocates issues specific to pilot interests in Canada through its work with the Canadian Parliament, regulatory and other government agencies, and stakeholders across the airline industry. The Board also gives independent representation at the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) to more than 2,400 airline pilots at 8 airlines in Canada.
As ALPA’s Canada Board president, Capt. Adamus will also serve as an ALPA executive vice-president and member of the Association’s Executive Council, the government body that oversees fiscal and budgetary matters for the union. In addition, Capt. DiCintio will take a position as IFALPA director for ALPA Canada.
The new terms for the three members of the ALPA Canada Board begin on January 1, 2011.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org.
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