ALPA’s 112th Executive Board: Recognizing and Responding to Threats
Capt. Lee Moak
opened his remarks
before the Executive
Board by describing the
crucial importance that
the union and each board
member has in advancing
the union’s goals by
while there is still
time to act.
Moak noted that the union has heeded the signs on the
horizon that traditional negotiating techniques may not
always be the best model to create strong and stable labor
relations or to achieve contracts that advance pilots’
careers and the airline piloting profession. He pointed to
the new and creative approaches ALPA has deployed in its
collective bargaining, which, together with traditional
strategies, have generated strong results for ALPA’s members
in a range of pilot groups.
information from the 112th Executive Board meeting, click
ALPA Files for Exemption from SIC First-Class Medical Requirement
ALPA, joined by Airlines for America (A4A), petitioned the
FAA today to permit pilots flying as second in command (SIC)
to continue to operate aircraft in Part 121 operations with
a second-class medical certificate after August 1, 2013,
instead of a first-class medical certificate. This exemption
was filed in response to the FAA’s April 10, 2013,
Information for Operators (InFO) bulletin 13004.
In previous messages to the membership, ALPA has
recommended that pilots not holding a first-class medical
should endeavor to obtain it before August 2, 2013. Today’s
petition for exemption from this rule is intended to
protect all pilots flying as SICs in Part 121 operations on
the basis of the following: P.L. 111-216, which focuses on
pilot training and other related qualifications, does not
direct the FAA to amend the medical qualifications for these
pilots; SICs have operated with second-class medical
certificates for decades with no demonstrable safety impact;
and, the livelihoods of a significant number of pilots, now
and in the future, could be impacted by this ruling.
ALPA Hails House Proposal to Prevent Abu Dhabi Customs Preclearance Facility
The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), commends
actions taken by the House Homeland Security Committee today
to require additional oversight of U.S. overseas
preclearance facility agreements entered into by U.S. and
In a voice vote today, the House Homeland Security Committee
passed an amendment—proposed by Rep. Pat Meehan (R-Pa.)—to
H.R. 1417, The Border Security Results Act of 2013, which
would require the federal government to consider
competitiveness and security issues when entering into
reimbursement agreements with foreign governments for
additional customs staff at preclearance facilities. The
amendment, if ultimately approved by Congress, could
prohibit funding for an Abu Dhabi preclearance facility by
the government of the United Arab Emirates.
Read the press release.
www.alpa.org/calltoaction to voice your opposition to
creation of this CBP preclearance site. Tell your
representatives that this proposal is a serious threat to
your career and the U.S. airline industry.
Kelowna Flightcraft Pilots to Open Early Negotiations
The Kelowna Flightcraft (KFC) MEC was invited by the Company
to commence early negotiations due to the request for
proposal (RFP) process from the Canada Post Group of
Companies. The MEC is investigating interest-based
negotiations (IBN), which has been successfully used by
Wasaya and Bearskin and is currently being utilized by Calm
Air in their current contract talks.
While IBN has not been used by KFC during past
negotiations, the MEC believes IBN can be of significant
benefit as they enter into early negotiations for their
fourth collective bargaining agreement. The KFC MEC and
Negotiating Committee members, along with Company
representatives, will attend an IBN workshop in June, after
which the two sides will begin negotiating. A pilot survey
being developed by the KFC MEC Contract Study Committee with
ALPA’s assistance will be distributed to the pilots, and
pilot leaders and negotiators will meet with ALPA staff in
July to develop a strategic plan to support the
ALPA Acknowledges Student Pilots at 2013 NIFA SAFECON
From L to R:
ALPA continues to be
a proud sponsor of the
Association’s Safety and
Conference (NIFA SAFECON).
This year’s week-long
competition was hosted
by The Ohio State
University in Columbus,
Ohio, May 6–11.
ALPA pilot volunteers manned a booth at the hangar part
of the week to provide the collegiate pilots with
educational materials and guidance on the profession. The
hot topic of discussion was the new rules going into effect
in August for first officers at Part 121 carriers and how
the rules and requirements will affect the up-and-coming
pilots. Scholarships were awarded on behalf of ALPA to the
top national pilot and his school, and the 11 regional top
pilot winners. Student pilot Carl Black from the Prescott
campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University took the
National Top Pilot Award, receiving $1,000 for himself as
well as his school. The 11 regional top pilots also received
$500 awards from ALPA.
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