November 4, 2009
Air Transport International Crewmembers Vote to Join ALPA
NMB Election Results Show Overwhelming Support for ALPA
WASHINGTON—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), welcomes today’s announcement by the National Mediation Board (NMB) that the crewmembers of Air Transport International (ATI) have selected ALPA as their collective bargaining representative.
An overwhelming 91% of 170 eligible ATI crewmembers cast votes in support of joining ALPA. ALPA received 155 of the 156 votes cast. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) represented the ATI crewmembers prior to the election.
“ATI crewmembers realized that the world’s largest pilots union will best represent their interests in all aspects of the aviation arena and give them every available resource to negotiate a fair contract,” said Capt. John Prater, ALPA’s president. “We are extremely pleased to have the flight deck crewmembers of ATI become part of the ALPA family.”
“I am excited about working with other pilot groups and the ALPA staff, and leveraging the other resources ALPA provides to its members, to ensure that my fellow ATI crewmembers can negotiate the contract they deserve and better protect our careers and industry,” said Capt. Tom Rogers, Temporary Master Executive Council chairman of the ATI unit of ALPA. “We did not have the resources under the IBT that we have now with ALPA, and we plan to take full advantage of this opportunity.”
The crewmembers of ATI fly McDonnell Douglas DC-8 and Boeing 767 aircraft for passenger, military, and cargo operations around the world.
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilots union, representing nearly 53,000 pilots at 36 airlines in the United States and Canada.
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