US Airways Pilots Association Announce Strategic Alliance


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US Airways Pilots Association Announce Strategic Alliance

Steve Hall

September 8, 2010 - The US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) and the Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced today the formation of a Strategic Alliance. USAPA has been working diligently to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other pilot unions and labor groups for some time. One of those relationships is with the International Brotherhood of the Teamsters Airline Division (IBT-AD).

USAPA and the Airline Division have already worked together on many projects, from supporting the IBT-represented Amerijet pilots during their strike, to calling for bankruptcy reform, to lobbying Congress on flight and duty time issues and more on Capitol Hill. In addition, the IBT-AD works closely with the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations (CAPA), an industry advocacy group to which USAPA belongs and with whom it is very active.  


"We welcome this strategic alliance with USAPA and its 5,200 pilots," said Teamsters Airline Division Director Captain David Bourne. "US Airways pilots stood with our Amerijet pilots during their strike, and continue to be partners with us on numerous legislative issues, which will improve the working environment and safety of airline pilots. Our alliance with USAPA will give our safety and contract initiatives more power."   

Commenting on the Strategic Alliance, President Mike Cleary said, "The Teamsters are true trade unionists, have considerable influence in Washington, D.C., and represent workers across the global supply chain (warehouses, ports, fuel supplies, etc). Such a strategic alliance will be useful moving forward to help USAPA and our brothers and sisters at IBT to achieve our common goals, which include obtaining an industry-standard contract and working toward bankruptcy reform, Railway Labor Act reform, Flight and Duty Time reform and safety initiatives."  

USAPA states it will fight against any practices that may jeopardize its pilots' training, equipment, workplace environment, compensation or work/life balance, or that compromise its pilots? ability to execute the optimal flight. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the US Airline Pilots Association (USAPA) represents the 5,200 mainline pilots who fly for US Airways. USAPA's mission is to ensure safe flights for airline passengers by guaranteeing that their lives are in the hands of only the most qualified, competent and well-equipped pilots.

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