New ALPA Reps Learn the Ropes at Leadership Training Conference
Capt. Bill Couette, ALPA vice president–administration/secretary addressing the group on the ALPA governance process.
Seventy eligible pilot reps from 25 ALPA pilot groups, along with dozens of more seasoned pilot leaders, gathered at the union’s offices in McLean, Va., this week for the annual Leadership Training Conference. This four-day course provides newly elected local council status reps and officers an opportunity to learn about their roles and responsibilities, as well as the many resources at their disposal, before they officially take office next month.
“Whether this is your first time attending the conference or you’ve been involved in this event for years, I commend each of you for being here today,” said ALPA president Capt. Joe DePete in his opening remarks. He spoke to the group about his administration’s priorities, the importance of strong leadership, and the dignity of work. He reminded the audience that despite the nature of their individual airline operations and countries of origin, “We are ALPA pilots first; that’s what defines us.”
The conference included presentations about representing a pilot in the Chief Pilot’s Office, contract negotiations under the Railway Labor Act and Canada Labour Code, the Air Safety Organization, how to manage a budget, and conducting local council meetings. Attendees participated in breakout sessions; had numerous opportunities to interact with the national officers, ALPA committee chairs, and the professional staff from ALPA’s 10 departments; and network with their peers.
Leadership Committee chair Capt. David Farmer (Delta) moderated this week’s event, which concluded earlier today. Look for more detailed coverage of the Leadership Training Conference in the March 2020 issue of Air Line Pilot magazine.