NEW YORK, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) and the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA) have entered into a service agreement to consult together on issues of importance to their respective pilot members. OPEIU represents approximately 3,000 pilots through its council, the Professional Helicopter Pilots Association (PHPA).
OPEIU and ALPA, through its International Pilot Services Corporation (IPSC), will exchange information on aviation safety issues, such as cockpit recorders and accident avoidance systems, and represent those positions before Congress and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The arrangement will also give PHPA's local union officers access to ALPA's state-of-the-art training programs, including accident investigation, collective bargaining training for negotiators, as well as information on legislature and regulatory issues related to aviation.
"OPEIU is excited about our new arrangement with ALPA, and believes that the synergy between these two great organizations will do much to further the interests of professional pilots throughout the country," said OPEIU International President Michael Goodwin. "We look forward to working with ALPA to bring about industry advancements and improvements in helicopter safety and regulatory language."
The Professional Helicopter Pilots Association International (PHPA) is a professional, non-profit organization dedicated to improving air safety and protecting the interests of commercial helicopter pilots. PHPA promotes industry professionalism, education and training, and encourages professional helicopter pilots, the military and civilians of all flying disciplines to join together to represent and enforce the high standards, ideals and goals of the profession.
The Office and Professional Employees International Union represents more than 125,000 members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. OPEIU represents employees and independent contractors in banking and credit unions, insurance, higher education, shipping, hospitals, medical clinics, utilities, transportation, hotels, administrative offices and more.
Professional organizations and Guilds affiliated with OPEIU are a diverse group that includes physicians, pharmacists, chiropractors, appraisers, podiatrists, clinical social workers, hypnotists, teachers and helicopter pilots.
SOURCE Office and Professional Employees International Union, AFL-CIO (OPEIU)