Sunday, May 13, 2012

ALPA Leaders Decide to Raise Dues on Members by October 2012

The DPA is not only obscuring facts, they are now lying to their very own members. In what can only be termed as desperate, they make all sorts of wild accusations in this weeks fish wrap.

We are committed to debunking with facts, but first let us say that not one single ALPA leader has decided to raise dues. Further, the video says "Action will be taken, by your MEC Chairman and Status Reps, beginning in August, to permanently change the ALPA Constitution!" Why would your status reps be doing anything in August when the BOD is in October?

The BOD did not raise dues in 2008.
The BOD did not raise dues in 2010.
Why would 2012 be any different? 

The MCF has been below $70M for quite some time. Here are some snapshots used from the merger time frame:

As of April 30, 2009:
MCF Fund Balance $57,865,235
Committed Funds $40,489,513
Uncommitted Funds $17,375,722

As of October 31, 2009: MCF Fund Balance $61,865,991

As of June 30, 2010: MCF Fund Balance $55,766,486

As of September 30, 2010: MCF Fund Balance $53,183,337

As of April 30, 2011: MCF Fund Balance $54,709,311

As of September 30, 2011: MCF Fund Balance $48,288,480

As of March 31, 2012:
MCF Fund Balance $49,950,572
Committed Funds $11,398,737
Uncommitted Funds $38,551,835

The DPA alleges that due to the low balance that dues will be increased without your permission to fund the MCF. Nothing could be further from the truth. The September 2010 numbers are the ones that were presented to the ALPA BOD. The ALPA BOD is made up of every single MEC in ALPA. Not one single representative or MEC voted on any action to change dues in 2010 to meet any MCF shortfall.

The DPA alleges that the MCF is at it's lowest funding in recent years when 2011 was the lowest funding year. While they spend a lot of time focusing on uncommitted funds, they conveniently leave out the gave that 4 years ago the Uncommitted Funds were at $17M and today they are at $38M. Why wasn't this a DPA issue last year, or the year before, or the year before that?

They keep on saying over and over that an increase in payments will happen without memrat. Do you remember that you voted on the merger assessment and that you voted on furlough COBRA fund?

The MCF has been underfunded for years from a budget standpoint, but has had plenty of funding, why would 2012 be any different other than the DPA trying to scare you?

The DPA highlights the 401K Exemption. That exemption does not apply to the Delta pilots and never has. IF voted upon this year at the BOD, it would affect the carriers that only have 401K funds and no DC funds or pension. In other words, exempt carriers would now be billed the exact same way Delta pilots are or. Why is that bad for Delta pilots?

ALPA Constitution and By-Laws  Section IX

In order to compensate for the perceived difference in dues assessments for those pilots whose only pension program is the 401K Plan or Canadian equivalent plan, that portion of wages deferred by those pilots to the 401K Plan or applicable Canadian equivalent plan will be excluded from ALPA dues calculations.
The Delta pilots will see no change to how their dues are calculated regardless of any vote on the 401K exemption at the BOD.