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News Release

Release #02.003
January 9, 2002

ALPA Welcomes New Assistant Director of Representation

WASHINGTON, D.C.---The Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), is pleased to announce that Stephen Crable will be joining its Representation Department as Assistant Director of Representation, effective March 11, 2002.

Crable comes to ALPA from the National Mediation Board (NMB), where for the past six years he served as the Board’s chief of staff, responsible for mediating collective bargaining agreements and investigating representation disputes in the airline and railroad industries. Crable is credited with upgrading NMB staff and improving NMB services during his tenure at the agency. Before joining the NMB in 1995, Crable served for seven years as an arbitrator and mediator, specialized in airline labor disputes and attained membership in the National Academy of Arbitrators. In his new role with ALPA, Crable will work with ALPA pilot negotiating teams and will interface directly with airline managements and the NMB to advocate the interests of professional airline pilots.

Crable has over 26 years of varied experience in labor law and labor relations, including work in litigation, collective bargaining, mediation and arbitration and appointments as a circuit court special master. He holds a bachelor of science degree (with honors) from Miami University, and a Juris Doctor from the Washington University School of Law.

ALPA’s president, Capt. Duane Woerth, said, "I’m very pleased to have Steve Crable working on our representation issues. His keen insight from prior positions, especially with the National Mediation Board, will reap huge benefits for all of our membership. I look forward to Steve’s leadership in helping ALPA to advise members on negotiations and representation issues."

"I am very pleased to be joining ALPA," Crable said. "I sincerely hope my background in collective bargaining and representation matters will help to advance the goals of the Association’s membership. I look forward to joining an already strong professional staff at ALPA."

ALPA, the world’s oldest and largest professional organization of airline pilots, represents 66,000 airline pilots at 47 airlines in the U.S. and Canada. Its web site is

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