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This is APA Communications Director Gregg Overman with the APA Information Hotline for Wednesday, May 17.

APA BOARD OF DIRECTORS SPRING MEETING: The APA Board of Directors convened at union headquarters in Fort Worth at 9 a.m. for its regularly scheduled spring meeting. Today’s session began with a discussion of the nominees for the APA Safety Award for Excellence. The board subsequently selected CA Rich Carstens, CA Michael Forte (Check Airman), CA Marty Reedy, and FO Jay Englert for their actions aboard Flight 288, the PVG-ORD flight that diverted to CDB on Oct. 12, 2016.

Strategic Planning Committee Chairman FO Hugh Fenwick and committee members FO Bron Madrigan and FO Matthew Wisbey addressed the board during the morning session. Their briefing included a recommendation that APA consider creating small working groups tasked with pursuing specific objectives. The committee also emphasized the need to focus on attracting and retaining a fresh influx of volunteer talent to ensure ongoing membership involvement and compensate for upcoming retirements. In addition, the committee identified three critical ingredients in achieving an industry-leading contract in all categories: 1) the company must have the ability to pay, 2) pattern bargaining must be in our favor, and 3) the membership must be unified. At this juncture, the committee's assessment is that the first two conditions exist, while the remaining one should be a key institutional priority. The committee members emphasized the importance of “always beginning your plan with where you want to end up in mind.”

The board spent part of the morning in closed session with the Negotiating Committee and other subject-matter experts, and went into closed session this afternoon with APA General Counsel and in-house legal.

Also today, the board voted to approve the following:

  • R2017-10 Rev 2, Flight Time/Duty Time (FT/DT) Committee PM Revision
  • R2017-19 Rev 1, Environmental Safety Subcommittee
  • R2017-22, New Committee Chairman Orientation/Training
  • The election of MIA Domicile Chairman CA Billyray Read to the PAC Steering Committee
  • The election of LGA Domicile Chairman CA Mike Burr to the Financial Audit Committee
  • A motion that allows the Financial Audit Committee to elect its own chairman from among its members

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 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 adjourned its meeting at around 5:30 p.m. and will reconvene at 9 a.m. Central on Thursday. This week’s meeting is scheduled to continue through Friday afternoon, and is being live streamed for member viewing. As always, all members in good standing are welcome to attend any open portion of the meeting.

That’s it for now. Thanks for checking this hotline.

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