New Arizona, Il Duce/Warlord
That's a lot of words.Well, here’s the thing. My experience with ALPA has been “meh.” But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Been non-union, seen that.
2007-early 2012 regional airline. Of that, 2007 to very early 2011 were spent under a CBA dated 1999-2005, amendable for friggin near 6 yrs. Then we got hosed in a SLI. Early 2012 moved to non-union carrier. While I liked the money saved on dues, I saw enough things to be scared about not having representation. We had a chance to vote an in-house union in about 2013, I was against it. Then we had the chance in 2015 to vote in ALPA, and I gladly took it. But I’ll be honest, it was mostly due to the fear of a merger. Getting the ALPA merger policy as an underdog compared to other larger carriers was going to be essential. 9 months after the yes vote, we had a merger. And my final SLI position was phenomenal! That right there made everything worth it as far as I’m concerned for ALPA now that this place will be my final career spot. As a CA for a couple years, it’s also nice to know someone else in my corner in case I need it. I’m glad we have ALPA. I’m just not all-ALPA lovey dovey. That’s all
And Derg, I’m sure you’ve seen this and can agree, ALPA spends 95% of their disclipnary time on the 1%er that are the problem children. Imagine of how much better ALPAs time could be spent if it wasn’t for these people making stupid decisions and/or actions.
And before constellation finds my Infiniti post from 3 years ago, I’ll just admit the Infiniti actually went back and we just got a 2021 Highlander this month as the new lease for 36 months.
But it's all about duty of fair representation. It doesn't mean hiding bodies or get out of jail free cards for people that were profoundly and unapologetically stupid.