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This is APA Communications Director Gregg Overman with the APA Information Hotline for Monday, Oct. 29.

APA BOARD OF DIRECTORS FALL MEETING: The APA Board of Directors convened at 9 a.m. Central at union headquarters for its regularly scheduled fall meeting.

APA President CA Dan Carey opened the meeting by reminding the board that, in compliance with standing APA policy governing the fall meeting’s agenda, the Negotiating Committee would be dissolved and reconstituted this week. Reflecting on the past two years, he pointed out that “collectively, we have attained more than $1.2 billion in contractual gains, which include not just monetary gains, but long-term structural improvements to critical areas of our collective bargaining agreement. These are historic, mid-contract gains that have delivered real, transparent, and quantifiable value to our members.” He also cited APA’s resources as a source of strength on the eve of Section 6 negotiations, noting that “we have built from the ground up a Department of Negotiations, with a full-time director, fortified with a renowned industry analyst, a universally recognized professional negotiator, added five staff attorneys experienced in labor relations, and a General Counsel and litigator who actively contribute to this team’s strategic initiatives.” He concluded by stating that “together, we will deploy the 15,000-pilot negotiating team and attain an industry-leading contract in 2019.”

In her report, APA Secretary-Treasurer CA Pam Torell informed the board that the union’s assets stood at $54,699,605 as of Aug. 31, versus $51,438,551 at the beginning of fiscal year 2019 on July 1. Total liabilities are $7,766,710, versus $5,948,078 at the beginning of the fiscal year. She also reported that APA currently represents 13,019 members who are eligible to vote, along with 353 non-members and 659 inactive members. She asked the board to approve the minutes from the Aug. 21-23 special meeting and the Sept. 20 voting conference call, which the board did via motion. In addition, she asked for board approval of several expense claims that were submitted after the 120-day deadline, and asked for guidance regarding another expense claim. After discussion, the board voted to approve all of the claims.

Negotiating Committee Chairman CA Eric Ferguson provided an overview of the past year’s work spanning non-Section 6 activities and preparations for the upcoming negotiations. The latter included a new Contract Comparison and a series of membership surveys. He noted that committee and department personnel have been through leadership and negotiating training regimens at Cornell and Harvard universities that are required by union policy. CA Ferguson closed his remarks by thanking the membership for their strong participation rate in the surveys and for providing clear guidance. The remainder of the Negotiating Committee’s presentation took place in closed session.

APA Government Affairs Committee Chairman FO Johnathan Benton and lobbyist Jack Albertine briefed the board on the political climate in Washington, D.C., and the legislative climate on Capitol Hill. Their briefing included a recap of the gains in the recently approved FAA Reauthorization bill, including progress on the issue of cabin fumes, the absence of language that would degrade existing First Officer qualifications, and zero funding for a joint NASA/FAA study on single-pilot cockpits for Part 121 cargo operators. The bill’s major shortfalls: no language addressing flags of convenience, and no language that would align cargo and passenger pilot rest requirements (the Safe Skies Act that APA supports). The Government Affairs Committee assured the board that they would continue pursuing both initiatives. FO Benton also reported that our members now contribute more than $50,000 a month to the APA Political Action Committee, compared with about $14,000 a month two years ago. Thanks to all of the pilots who have stepped up. If you’re not currently contributing, we urge you to do so.

Scope Committee Chairman FO Randy Neisius briefed the board on the limits in Section 1.D governing commuter affiliates, noting that management remains in compliance with those limits. FO Neisius also provided an update on the company’s joint business venture with IAG, the pending joint business venture with Qantas, and its codeshare relationships with Alaska and China Southern.

While in open session, the board also approved the following:

  • A motion to direct the President to increase the FY2019 APA budget line item for the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations by $118,018.
  • A motion to make a donation to Crossroads Alliance for $12,000 to distribute hurricane relief supplies, in accordance with APA Policy Manual Section 5.13.F.

The latter motion was preceded by brief remarks from CA Rick Brown II, a board member of Crossroads Alliance.

The board recessed at 5:15 and will reconvene at 9 a.m. tomorrow. This week’s meeting is scheduled to continue through Friday. You will find the meeting agenda here.

In accordance with R2016-11, this hotline message includes a synopsis of today’s session reflecting all main motions and resolutions that the board addressed. In accordance with R2017-37 Rev 1, videos of the open portions of today’s session will soon be posted to AlliedPilots.org/BODMeetingRecordings.

That’s it for now. Thank you for checking this hotline.

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