Leadership From the Cockpit
In a clear bait and switch for U.S. workers, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an egregious decision at the end of the day on December 2––an order granting Norwegian Air International (NAI) a foreign air carrier permit to serve the United States under the U.S.–EU Air Transport Agreement (ATA). Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS), NAI’s parent company, has left no doubt that the NAI business model was designed expressly to lower labor standards—an outcome specifically prohibited by the ATA’s labor article.
Pilots at Hawaiian Airlines issued a warning to future passengers, including those from Japan, that upcoming travel could be at risk if pilots are forced into a lawful strike.
After the last round of mediated negotiations ended on November 19 without a tentative agreement, the National Mediation Board (NMB) advised ALPA and management that it will not schedule any future mediation sessions, and will instead move forward with the actions available under the Railway Labor Act to bring negotiations to a close.
Special Guest Commentary by Mark Haley, ALPA Education Committee chairman
With the 2016-17 academic year fully under way, ALPA pilots are reaching out to students of all ages to relate how their love of flying has translated into a fulfilling career. For decades, ALPA has worked to pique the interest of new generations of aviators with the goal of ensuring a strong pilot workforce for the future.
Every day, people and businesses depend on U.S. airline pilots to keep them moving. However, pilots do more than simply carry passengers from one destination to the next. They open up the possibility of new adventure. They connect people, allowing them to share the most important moments in life with one another. With each flight, U.S. airline pilots go above and beyond to keep their passengers safe and on time. Pilots are immeasurably important, to the airline industry and the world. This Thanksgiving, ALPA would like to express sincere appreciation for U.S. airline pilots. Here are the top ten reasons why we’re grateful for our pilots.
Across North America this week, drones have once again been receiving much media attention—from a possible sighting by a Canadian pilot at 9,000 feet to thousands gathering in California to discuss the commercial applications of UAS technology. All the while, ALPA continues to be a recognized leader in calling for the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace.