Release #10.026
August 6, 2010

ALPA Supports ASPA Pilots of Mexicana Airlines

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Capt. John Prater, president of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), issued the following statement in support of the pilots of Mexicana Airlines, who are represented by Asociación Sindical de Pilotos Aviadores (ASPA) and are in critical contract negotiations with their management. Mexicana de Aviación filed for bankruptcy protection in both Mexico and the United States, and indefinitely suspended ticket sales on Wednesday.

“The nearly 53,000 members of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, stand firmly behind the ASPA pilots of Mexicana Airlines in their efforts to secure fair wages and working conditions amid their carrier’s recent bankruptcy declaration. Once again, airline management has chosen to use bankruptcy laws to leverage brutal employee concessions to counterbalance its own short-sighted practices.

“The situation facing ASPA and Mexicana is dire, and ALPA is working through the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA), with which both ALPA and ASPA are affiliated, to offer assistance to these fellow pilots in any way that it can. Our Association remains in close contact with ASPA, IFALPA, the European Cockpit Association, Asociación Sindical de Sobrecargos de Aviación de México (the Mexicana flight attendant union), the Association of Flight Attendants–CWA, the International Association of Machinists, and the Transport Workers Union of America, all of which have sent or are sending representatives to Mexico City to provide their support as well.

“Earlier today, ASPA Secretary General Fernando Perfecto participated in a press conference at the International Transport Workers’ Federation Congress in Mexico City. He unequivocally stated that labor is not the problem and called on the Mexican government to conduct a public audit of the airline’s parent company, Grupo Mexicana de Aviación. He also demanded that management account for the $900 million loan the company received from state-owned Bankomext in 2005.

“I speak for all ALPA pilots when I say that we are encouraged by the fact that the pilots and management are at the bargaining table, and we remain hopeful that they can reach a consensual agreement and restore their airline to profitability as soon as possible.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots union, representing nearly 53,000 pilots at 38 airlines in the United States and Canada.

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CONTACT: Doug Baj, 703/481-4440 or media@alpa.org