Fri, Oct 20, 2006
Sends Message To Airlines
ALPA has a new chief,
and he's on the warpath. Northwest pilot Duane Woerth lost
Wednesday's union election to Continental pilot John Prater in Las
ALPA represents over 60,000 pilots from some 40 US airlines.
Prater campaigned for more aggressive bargaining tactics with
the airlines. In a release, the unions says it's sending a signal
to the airlines it's ready to move into a period of strong,
concerted action to rebuild its profession.
Prater's statement said the union has given for five years,
losing pensions and tolerating changes to work rules. He warned
pilots need to return to the hard-nosed tactics of earlier
"The airline industry survived because of the concessions pilots
and other workers made. Now it is time for us to see a tangible
return on these bitter investments."
Prater also wants a change to the age-60 retirement rule. He
says the FAA should follow the rest of the world and adopt ICAO
rules mandating retirement at age 65.
ALPA timed this potential sea-change in bargaining strategy at a
time when the airline industry is showing collective profits for
the first time in five years.
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