APA Information Hotline
This is APA Communications Director Gregg Overman with the APA Information Hotline for Tuesday, Dec. 13.
APA BOARD OF DIRECTORS RESUMES FALL MEETING: The APA Board of Directors resumed its fall meeting at 1 p.m. at union headquarters in Fort Worth.
APA Secretary-Treasurer CA Pam Torell briefed the board on enhancements to the board-only page on AlliedPilots.org intended to facilitate discussion of draft resolutions. CA Torell also recommended that board members take the opportunity to view APA's newly upgraded video production studio, and reminded the board of the domicile election schedule for BOS, LAX, and ORD. In addition, she recommended that the board take action to adjust the national officers' housing allowance to reflect current market rates, as the allowance was last adjusted in 2005.
APA President CA Dan Carey welcomed incoming PHX Domicile Chairman CA Mark Burdick before proceeding to the meeting agenda, with the Financial Audit Committee up first. FAC Chairman CA Mike Burr informed the board that outside auditor KPMG recently completed its annual audit and indicated that everything is in order. The FAC's own audit encompassed the APA Political Action Committee; outside legal billing; national officer, board, committee, and staff compensation; and other areas of expense. CA Burr noted that participation in the APA PAC has increased modestly during the past year and urged all members to support the PAC to advance our interests on Capitol Hill.
Safety Committee Chairman CA Mike Michaelis briefed the board on the ongoing Flight 383 accident investigation, noting lessons learned thus far regarding resource coordination between APA and American Airlines and other logistical issues. CA Michaelis also noted that an Aviation Safety Action Partnership program side letter is pending board approval. Deputy Chair FO Christine Daniel gave a briefing on the Fatigue Risk Management Memorandum of Understanding that is pending board approval.
International Alliance Committee Chairman CA Rob Baker and committee member FO Rick Brown gave a highly detailed report on Norwegian Air International, providing copious evidence of that carrier's flag-of-convenience status and the grave threat it poses to U.S. professional pilots' careers and the stability of our industry. CA Baker stressed the importance of every pilot participating in the effort to reverse the Department of Transportation's decision to grant Norwegian Air International a foreign air carrier permit.
During today's session, the board voted to approve the following:
A motion to waive policy to allow a maximum monthly housing allowance of $3,000 for the national officers' housing, including rental furniture, utilities, etc., for the rest of FY2017.
A motion to direct the President to reconstitute and task the Compensation Ac Hoc Committee to review compensation for all National Officers, Board of Directors, and National Committee members.
A motion to approve the President's appointment of CA Mike Michaelis as APA Safety Committee Chairman.
A motion to remove CA John Deleeuw from the APA Safety Committee.
A motion to adopt R2016-30 Rev. 1, Supplement F and Section 11.D.1-Negotiating Committee Tasking.
A motion to adopt R2016-22 Rev. 1, Aeromedical-Pilot Occupational Health.
R2016-11, "Disclosure of All Motion and Resolution Disposition to Membership," which the board previously voted to approve, amended the APA Policy Manual Section 1.06 to specify that APA will include in its daily board meeting updates information regarding "main motions and resolutions which are defeated, postponed, referred, and laid on the table." In accordance with this resolution, this hotline message includes a synopsis of today's session reflecting all main motions and resolutions that the board addressed.
The board recessed at 5 p.m. and will reconvene tomorrow at 9 a.m. This week's meeting is scheduled to continue through Thursday afternoon. As a reminder, all open portions will be live streamed for member viewing.
CALL TO ACTION — NORWEGIAN AIR INTERNATIONAL: If you have not yet done so, we strongly encourage you to send a message to President-elect Trump, Vice President-elect Pence, your U.S. Senators, and your U.S. Representative: The DOT's decision regarding Norwegian Air International must not stand. Left unchecked, large numbers of good, middle-class American jobs will be destroyed and the U.S. airline industry will be crippled.
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