Continental and Continental Express Pilots Vote for ALPA Representation

Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from Air Line Pilots Association

    HOUSTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The pilots and flight instructors of
 Continental and Continental Express Airlines today voted to merge their
 independent union, the Independent Association of Continental Pilots (IACP),
 with the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA).
     With 92% of the eligible IACP members voting, 3,238 members -- or 61% --
 voted in favor of the merger. The American Arbitration Association, which
 conducted all aspects of the balloting process, certified the results.
     "I am extremely pleased with the result of this vote," said Capt. Pat
 Burke, president of IACP. "I firmly believe that this merger is in the best
 interest of our pilots and flight instructors, and know that with ALPA
 representation we can achieve our goals in upcoming negotiations."
     ALPA's Executive Board, scheduled to meet next month, is expected to
 approve the Merger Agreement. The Agreement will then go into effect June 1.
     "This is a very significant day for ALPA and for the profession," said
 Capt. Duane Woerth, president of ALPA. "I thank the Continental and
 Continental Express pilots and flight instructors for fully engaging in the
 process and deciding their future. This would not have been possible without
 the support of IACP President Pat Burke and the rest of the IACP leadership.
 ALPA's commitment to this group has always been -- and will continue to be --
 to provide the resources to help them achieve their goals in upcoming
 negotiations."
     The IACP Board of Directors endorsed the IACP-ALPA Merger Agreement Dec.
 12, 2000. ALPA's Executive Council approved it two days later. ALPA initiated
 a communications program with the IACP that included joint visits by IACP
 officers and ALPA members in the Continental and Continental Express
 crewrooms.
     The Agreement provides ALPA membership for IACP members, seamless
 transition of IACP representation to the ALPA governance structure, the
 provision of necessary negotiations support by ALPA, retention of all current
 IACP funds within the Continental and Continental Express pilot group after
 the merger, and maintenance of a fully-staffed office in Houston.
     The IACP has represented the almost 7,000 professional pilots of
 Continental and Continental Express Airlines since the union's formation in
 1993. The companies' flight instructors voted to join the IACP only last year.
 Continental and Continental Express serve the U.S., Europe, South and Central
 America, and the Pacific Rim through major hubs in Cleveland, Houston, Newark,
 Honolulu and Guam.
     Formed in 1931, ALPA is the world's oldest and largest pilots union.
 Following the merger with IACP, ALPA will represent 65,000 pilots at 49
 airlines. ALPA's Web site is http://www.alpa.org.
 
 

SOURCE Air Line Pilots Association
    HOUSTON, April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The pilots and flight instructors of
 Continental and Continental Express Airlines today voted to merge their
 independent union, the Independent Association of Continental Pilots (IACP),
 with the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA).
     With 92% of the eligible IACP members voting, 3,238 members -- or 61% --
 voted in favor of the merger. The American Arbitration Association, which
 conducted all aspects of the balloting process, certified the results.
     "I am extremely pleased with the result of this vote," said Capt. Pat
 Burke, president of IACP. "I firmly believe that this merger is in the best
 interest of our pilots and flight instructors, and know that with ALPA
 representation we can achieve our goals in upcoming negotiations."
     ALPA's Executive Board, scheduled to meet next month, is expected to
 approve the Merger Agreement. The Agreement will then go into effect June 1.
     "This is a very significant day for ALPA and for the profession," said
 Capt. Duane Woerth, president of ALPA. "I thank the Continental and
 Continental Express pilots and flight instructors for fully engaging in the
 process and deciding their future. This would not have been possible without
 the support of IACP President Pat Burke and the rest of the IACP leadership.
 ALPA's commitment to this group has always been -- and will continue to be --
 to provide the resources to help them achieve their goals in upcoming
 negotiations."
     The IACP Board of Directors endorsed the IACP-ALPA Merger Agreement Dec.
 12, 2000. ALPA's Executive Council approved it two days later. ALPA initiated
 a communications program with the IACP that included joint visits by IACP
 officers and ALPA members in the Continental and Continental Express
 crewrooms.
     The Agreement provides ALPA membership for IACP members, seamless
 transition of IACP representation to the ALPA governance structure, the
 provision of necessary negotiations support by ALPA, retention of all current
 IACP funds within the Continental and Continental Express pilot group after
 the merger, and maintenance of a fully-staffed office in Houston.
     The IACP has represented the almost 7,000 professional pilots of
 Continental and Continental Express Airlines since the union's formation in
 1993. The companies' flight instructors voted to join the IACP only last year.
 Continental and Continental Express serve the U.S., Europe, South and Central
 America, and the Pacific Rim through major hubs in Cleveland, Houston, Newark,
 Honolulu and Guam.
     Formed in 1931, ALPA is the world's oldest and largest pilots union.
 Following the merger with IACP, ALPA will represent 65,000 pilots at 49
 airlines. ALPA's Web site is http://www.alpa.org.
 
 SOURCE  Air Line Pilots Association

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