Release #07.016
March 6, 2007

ALPA President Elected to AFL-CIO Executive Council

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The AFL-CIO Executive Council unanimously elected Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) President, Capt. John Prater, on Tuesday to serve as an AFL-CIO Vice President.

“I am honored to serve the AFL-CIO in this role,” Prater said. “The leadership and strength that ALPA brings to the labor movement allows us to leverage our combined resources to better pilots’ wages, benefits, and working conditions.”

The AFL-CIO Executive Council guides the daily work of the federation and meets at least twice a year to consider important union movement business and policies. Meeting this week in Las Vegas, the group is currently considering important pilot issues, including the U.S./EU Open Skies agreement.

AFL-CIO President John Sweeney made Prater’s nomination the first order of business. Former ALPA President, Capt. Duane Woerth, nominated Prater.

The council regularly issues statements on legislative measures affecting the interests of working families, ongoing struggles for justice for workers, and more. For more information, please visit

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