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ALPA staffer on Obama;s Transition team for NMB (other info on Cabatoge)

Rez O. Lewshun

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ALPA’s Rosen to Serve on President-Elect’s Transition TeamSeth Rosen, the director of the International Pilot Services Corporation and former director of ALPA’s Representation Department, has been chosen as a member of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team. He and Linda Puchala, a senior member of the National Mediation Board staff, are responsible for reviewing the NMB and helping to ensure a smooth transition for Obama on Jan. 20, 2009.


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ALPA IAC Participates in EU-U.S. Aviation Forum
Members of the ALPA International Affairs Committee (IAC) attended the EU-U.S. Aviation Forum on Liberalization and Labor in Washington, D.C., this week. The delegation included ALPA first vice-president Capt. Paul Rice, IAC chairman Capt. Rick Dominguez, US-ALPA IFALPA director Capt. Chris Lynch, and ALPA senior attorney Russ Bailey. ALPA president Capt. John Prater also attended and addressed the forum as the guest speaker at the lunch on the first day of the forum.


This first-of-its-kind forum was sponsored by the European Commission and brought together industry, labor, aviation academia, along with regulators from both sides of the Atlantic for a series of panel discussions on the labor issues associated with the recently implemented “Stage I” U.S.-European Union air services agreement and the ongoing “Stage II” negotiations. Bailey participated in the concluding panel, which focused on labor’s concerns about the EU’s proposals to eliminate restrictions on foreign ownership of airlines and to permit foreign carriers to carry domestic traffic (cabotage).


The discussions were observed by the lead negotiators for the Stage II talks, Daniel Calleja from the EU, and John Byerly from the U.S. State Department. In addition to ALPA, U.S. labor was represented by the AFA, the TWU, and the IAM. The EU labor side was led by fellow union members from the European Cockpit Association (ECA) and IFALPA, and the European Transport Workers Federation. The discussions were also observed by members of the U.S. National Mediation Board, the U.S. Department of Transportation, a number of European countries, and carriers from both sides of the Atlantic, including British Airways, KLM, EasyJet, UPS, Continental, and United Airlines.


All participants came away from the two days of discussions with a much better understanding of the concerns that both industry and labor have regarding the Open Skies Agreement and the ongoing negotiations. ALPA made clear to all involved that the Association felt strongly about, and would object to, any proposals to loosen foreign ownership and control restrictions and allow cabotage in any manner. The European Commission is planning a follow-up meeting next year to further the discussion and to start to consider possible ways of addressing labor concerns.
 
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