Release #12.42
September 28, 2012

ALPA Welcomes Back NFL Referees
Fair Contract Is Touchdown for All Labor

WASHINGTON – The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), welcomes back the National Football League’s referees following their successful fight to demand respect for well-trained and experienced workers and a fair contract that reflects their professionalism and dedication to the league.

“When employers prosper and profit, the workers who contributed to the success deserve their fair share,” said Capt. Lee Moak, ALPA’s president. The world’s largest pilot union created a print advertisement recognizing the NFL referees’ accomplishment. “We congratulate the referees on their courage and commitment to securing a fair contract, and the victory they have achieved for all labor.”

Like the NFL’s referees, airline pilots’ skills, professionalism, and experience have contributed greatly to our employers’ success. In many cases, airline pilots have also sacrificed tremendously to help their airlines endure tough economic times.

“For the NFL referees, airline pilots, and millions of other highly trained U.S. employees, a fair share of our employers’ success means compensation that reflects our professionalism, training, and experience, and a stable career with a secure retirement,” concluded Capt. Moak. “Skill and experience matters, whether it’s on the football field or in the cockpit.”

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 52,000 pilots at 36 airlines in the United States and Canada. Visit the ALPA website at


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