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December 18, 2012

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PCL Negotiators Reach Deal with Management
MEC Meets to Discuss Ratification

In the wee hours of Monday, December 17, the Pinnacle Airlines Negotiating Committee of the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l, reached a tentative agreement (TA) with Pinnacle Airlines management on a deal that is designed to address the significant financial hurdles that caused the company to file bankruptcy in April 2012 and meet the needs of the pilots.

“We appreciate the support of all Pinnacle pilots throughout this year-long ordeal,” said Capt. Tom Wychor, MEC chairman. “Difficult decisions had to be made, but our goal has always been to represent the needs of our pilots.”

The Pinnacle MEC met with the Negotiating Committee in Washington, D.C., today to evaluate the terms of the agreement, and are awaiting final language before they vote. Should the MEC approve the TA, the Pinnacle Strategic Preparedness Committee is scheduling a series of informational road shows prior to a ratification vote.

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Canada Board Convenes
Members of ALPA’s Canada Board convened in Ottawa December 5-6 to take action on a number of agenda items. Representatives from all nine ALPA Canada pilot groups and the Canada Board officers (who together compose the Canada Board); as well as representatives from the Board of Insurance Trustees (BOIT) Committee and IFALPA’s North American Region (NAM); and ALPA staff from the Engineering & Air Safety (E&AS), Government Affairs, and Communications departments participated in the two-day meeting.

The Board unanimously approved the budget for the coming year and proposed changes to the ALPA Canada Board Administrative Policy Manual. Board members heard reports from Canada Board President Dan Adamus, Vice President Brad Small, and Secretary-Treasurer Georges Dawood, who reviewed files they have been working on, the top issues facing Canadian pilots, and various ALPA initiatives that have been undertaken on our members’ behalf since December 2011.

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Tracking Santa
The FAA Office of Communications asked us to remind you that you can track Santa on Christmas Eve at The web page also includes an Advent-style calendar with gift icons for certain days in December, including one for Christmas Eve with a "Gate to Gate" video about the ways NextGen will change how we fly. Don’t miss this holiday tradition.

If you want to verify Santa’s position, NORAD has its own Santa tracker at

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Get the Scoop! Read “ALPA Daily”
The aviation industry is changing faster than ever before. The new “ALPA Daily” feature at will keep you informed of the latest industry developments and analysis from around the globe. Check it out each day to stay up-to-date on the news that affects pilots and the piloting profession.

ALPA members can sign up to receive ALPA Daily in their e-mail:

Visit this link.
• Log in with your ALPA member number and password.
• Select “E-mail Distribution Lists.”
• Check the box for “ALPA Daily.”
• Submit your request.

According to the Dallas Morning News, American Eagle dispatchers have approved a tentative agreement. Read more. reports that the FAA is planning to start NextGen technology to support flights at Portland International Airport in Oregon in 2013. Read more.

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Stay Connected
Stay connected with your union, your profession, and your industry by reading Air Line Pilot and watching monthly episodes of The FlightDeck.

Read about how to protect your eyes from laser attacks on page 33 of the December issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.

On the 20th installment of The FlightDeck, watch footage of an annual Air Wisconsin MEC event in Appleton, Wis.

Remember that both Air Line Pilot and The FlightDeck can also be accessed from the members-only portion of the ALPA website at

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Discounts, Services for Union Families
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Union Plus is brought to you by Union Privilege, established by the AFL-CIO. Its mission is to provide consumer benefits and discounts to members and retirees of participating labor unions, ALPA.

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Celebrating its 42nd anniversary, Airbus Industrie was created on December 17, 1970 when Aerospatiale, Deutsche Airbus, Hawker Siddeley, and Fokker come together to build the Airbus A300.

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Feedback & E-mail Address Changes
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If you don’t have access to the members-only section of, you can e-mail your requests by sending them to Be sure to include your member number or enough other information so that we can identify you in the membership database, and tell us what information needs to be updated.

Please note that it is not sufficient just to notify your LEC or MEC of these changes—you should register them with the ALPA Membership Department in Herndon.

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