ALPA Executive Board Convenes
The Air Line Pilots Association’s 109th Executive Board meeting opened
Tuesday with President Lee Moak’s call to learn from the life of the late Steve
Jobs and strive for revolutionary changes in the future of ALPA.
Speaking to the union’s 37 MEC chairs and other senior ALPA leaders, Capt.
Moak defined two key priorities for every ALPA carrier: supporting a coherent
national aviation policy that gives every U.S. airline a chance to succeed, and
strengthening the international union to achieve a level playing field and win
victories at the bargaining table.
Looking at words like vision, focus, adaptation, and
collaboration in new ways is key to achieving the union’s goals of creating
a global aviation infrastructure while avoiding crippling taxes and unfair
competition from government-subsidized overseas carriers, Moak said.
“Our union, by its very nature, is intended to change how we live, what we
do, and how we relate to each other,” he said. “We can change the world around
us by giving meaning to these words and phrases.”
In his report to the assembled MEC chairs, first vice
president Capt. Sean Cassidy detailed the ongoing restructuring of ALPA’s Air
Safety Organization and gave an overview of the Association’s strategic
priorities, which the Executive Board will review and take action on during the
Vice president for administration/secretary Capt. Bill Couette announced that
the Association has 500 more apprentice and recalled members than it did during
the last Executive Board meeting earlier this year, a hopeful indication of the
industry’s rising fortunes. At the same time,
the number of ALPA-represented pilot groups declined from 39 to 37 last week
with the 3,700 pilots of Pinnacle, Mesaba, and Colgan formally completing their
integration and electing a new, merged Pinnacle MEC.
The Association is saving hundreds of thousands of dollars each year through
improvements to its balloting, computer procurement, and software licensing
contracts, Couette reported. And even in a challenging economic climate, vice
president for finance/treasurer Capt. Randy Helling said ALPA is regaining
financial strength thanks to improved fiscal management and sound stewardship of
dues dollars by individual MECs.
As part of the continued effort to revitalize ALPA’s finances, the
Association’s Special Committee for Finance, Structure and Services (SCFSS) will
present recommendations for the Executive Board to vote on at the meeting, which
concludes on Wednesday. The Executive Board is made up of the Association’s MEC
chairs and meets twice a year, in spring and fall.