ALPA’s USEPA Pilots Further Collaborate
Members of ALPA’s US Airways
Express Pilots Alliance (USEPA) met with their American Eagle counterparts this
week to further their collaboration amidst the ongoing American–US Airways
merger proposal. USEPA consists of pilot leaders from Air Wisconsin, Mesa,
Piedmont, PSA, and Trans States. Also in attendance were ALPA Vice President of
Administration Bill Couette, Managing Attorney Marcus Migliore, and Manager of
Representation Andrew Shostack.
Discussions this week focused on ALPA merger policy, as provided in Section
45 of the Administration Manual. Though there has been no indication of any
consolidation among the regional carriers flying within the US Airways and
American systems, ALPA pilots are preparing for every possible scenario—from a
transaction to a shift in flying. This planning, they believe, will best enable
them to be proactive in finding mutually beneficial solutions to potential
challenges, as well as to enhance the opportunities and stability of all pilot
groups directly and indirectly affected by the mainline merger.
The pilots, along with ALPA’s national
officers and staff, will continue to meet on an ongoing basis to discuss the
status of the proposed merger and any strategies necessary to protect the
careers of their collective group. Through these and other efforts, they are
working to place ALPA pilots in an optimal position for career stability,
enhancement, and advancement.