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News from ALPA International

December 3, 2010—In This Issue:

United, Continental Pilots March on UAL World Headquarters

Click here to view a photo slideshow of the event.

More than 150 pilots converged on United Air Lines’ World Headquarters on Wednesday to express their displeasure with United’s continued practice of outsourcing. Braving a chilly, snowy Chicago day, the pilots walked in four orbits during the two-hour picketing event. United and Continental pilots were joined by their brethren from Delta, American, Mesa, AirTran, and ExpressJet.

United management intends to use the CO code on flights from Continental hubs, using outsourced 70-seat jets, a practice the union believes violates the Continental pilots’ current contract, and sees as an attempt by the new United management, led by CEO Jeff Smisek, to leverage a position in joint contract negotiations that supports further outsourcing of mainline pilot jobs.

ALPA and management have agreed to expedited arbitration on the issue and are scheduled to provide an arbitrator with information later this month. A decision will be made by the arbitrator before the end of the month, well before the announced start date of the flights.

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Canada Adopts New Policy on Pilot Screening
Transport Canada has revised screening procedures for flight crews at both domestic and international checkpoints. Under the new policy, all pilots, both Canadian and non-Canadian, can expect to be cleared using the same type of screening processes in Canada as are now used for pilots in the United States.

These measures will apply to all crewmembers who are in uniform and are in possession of either a valid Restricted Area Identity Card (RAIC) or applicable foreign air crew credentials. Shoe removal is not required.

Additionally, crewmembers in uniform—both Canadian and foreign—continue to be exempt from liquid, aerosol, and gel (LAG) restrictions, provided that they are in possession of a valid RAIC or foreign aircrew credential.

Crewmembers are also permitted “front of the line” access. However, crewmembers are advised to consider the potential for negative reactions by passengers in the checkpoint queue if this option is exercised, as has been seen on occasion.

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Security Screening: Update
In the November 12, 2010, FastRead, the National Security Committee (NSC) published Security Alert Bulletin 2010-4 on advanced imaging technology (AIT) and procedures in the United States. A number of security screening procedural questions were addressed, but the NSC made a commitment to update the membership with answers to additional questions on this subject. Accordingly, the NSC provides the following FAQs, which were coordinated with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA):

Q. Are Transportation Security Officers instructed to use hand-wand metal detectors or pat-downs to resolve any anomalies from walk-through metal detector screening?
A. The standard pat-down is used to resolve alarms created by a walk-through metal detector.

Q. Are there any U.S. airports that have only AIT machines and no walk-through metal detectors?
A. TSA is unaware of any airports that do not have walk-through metal detectors.

Read more.

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ALPA Introduces New Short-Term Disability Plan
For any ALPA member who suffers a disability and then faces an income gap before long-term disability benefits begin, ALPA offers a solution—a new short-term disability plan underwritten by Unum Life Insurance Company.

Coverage is available in any of three waiting periods: benefits can begin 14 days, 30 days, or 60 days from the date of disability.

An offer to enroll without medical underwriting is being sent to eligible ALPA members during the week of December 1. Watch for it in your mailbox, or contact ALPA Member Insurance at 800-746-2572.

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’Tis the Season
When making charitable donations this holiday season, please remember your fellow pilots in need and make a contribution to the ALPA Emergency Relief Fund. Since its inception in 2005, AERF has been an invaluable resource to ALPA members confronting the aftermath of a disaster.

To date, the Fund has provided 144 grants to 126 pilots.

Learn more/donate today.

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On Dec. 13, 1957, then ALPA president Clarence Sayen met with Civil Aviation Authority officials to discuss ways that ALPA pilots might participate in the certification of new transport aircraft.



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