ALPA recently capitalized on several opportunities to vigorously advance our members’ interests in key international news media outlets.
On March 27, USA Today published a letter to the editor that ALPA submitted response to the article titled “Pilots face tough physicals, but ‘shallow’ mental exams,” which erroneously claimed that all-cargo pilots at airlines such as FedEx Express were held to lower standards than those pilots who fly passenger aircraft. In this instance, ALPA stepped in with the following facts: “All airline pilots undergo a medical evaluation at least once each year, most twice each year, by a medical doctor who is trained to evaluate pilots physically and emotionally.”
On April 1, The Wall Street Journal published a letter to the editor under the headline “This Is Your Drone Speaking. You May Unfasten . . . ,” that was written by ALPA in response to a column titled, “Someday, All Planes Will Be Drones.” In the letter, ALPA set the record straight and underscored that “Major concerns surround the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems [UAS] into the shared national airspace.”
The National Mediation Board (NMB) mailed voting instructions to eligible jetBlue pilots today for ALPA representation. The confidential voting uses internet and telephone balloting. The voting period will close on April 22 at 2 p.m., when the Board will announce the results.
For more information, watch the following message from ALPA president, Capt. Lee Moak, to JetBlue pilots:
This week at the AFL-CIO Executive Council meeting, the topic of JetBlue pilots coming to ALPA to seek representation was one of great interest. A number of labor leaders across the spectrum of the workforce asked me questions about the organizing effort, one of the few ongoing in the United States in an era of declining unionization. I told these leaders that the JetBlue pilots approached ALPA because they’re ready to join our ranks and the 95 percent of pilots in the industry who retain a strong collective-bargaining representative. They want a proven voice to secure a legally binding contract. JetBlue pilots see the strength of ALPA and the tremendous value we provide to our members and the traveling public; their current relationship with management at their company does not provide that same value. They work for a great company but are ready for the next level.