We have to understand that ALPA national does not just represent one pilot group but the pilot groups as a whole. As such their emphasis should be on those areas that help the entire group, staying out of the "regional verses major" business model. I'm a regional pilot and I don't like the way the majors are playing us off against each other, but I don't know that ALPA should necessarily be involved. That is a business model that may or may not work. What is good for Compass pilots may not be good for Expressjet pilots, JetBlue pilots may not really care, but may help DAL over United.
Now on the national level I do have major disagreements with ALPA. Again, they should be looking after the interests of their members, not the interests of a political party. As an example, we can argue on the merits of Obamacare, but it was NOT in the best interest of airline pilots and their employers. As such ALPA and the other unions whose members got hosed by Obamacare should have taken the time to read the stupid bill and put the brakes on it. Very similar to the coal worker's union in KY throwing their support behind the D. I mean really?