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Executive Summary

ALPAWatch Explained

Why was ALPAWatch formed?

Who are the members of the ALPAWatch?

About The Pledge

How does an DAL Pilot, use ALPAWatch to improve our future?

 

Executive Summary

ALPAWatch is a grassroots organization created (2006) by everyday NWA line-pilots for the purpose of helping NWA ALPA restore the fair compensation, quality of life, the future, and the dignity of all NWA Pilots.   ALPAWatch was created to make certain that the NWA ALPA leadership focused on its primary responsibility “To protect and enhance the careers of Northwest Airlines Pilots.” The objectives supporting that mission included improving the performance of NWA ALPA leadership, improve solidarity by strengthening the relationship between the membership and the leadership, improve membership involvement in the union process and improve the effectiveness of NWA ALPA in general.

With the Delta/Northwest Merger, ALPAWatch came to the Delta property.

ALPAWatch is not part of Delta ALPA. It is an independent, grassroots organization.

ALPAWatch Explained

My name is Kevin Jones.  I am a DTW A330 FO with a love of flying, a background in business, an intense sense of fairness and a dedicated desire to help repair the damage that has been done to our careers.  I am the founder of ALPAWatch.  I have no ALPA political ambitions. I have no management ambitions.  I have no hidden agendas.  What I do have is a strong belief that we, as a group, need to work hard to repair the damage that has been done to our profession.  I did not find this career in the poor condition it is in today and I don’t think it is right to leave it in shambles for the next generation of pilots.  That is what motivates me and all ALPAWatch volunteers.

ALPAWatch is a grassroots organization essentially made up of all pilots, even the ones that have never heard of ALPAWatch.  The volunteers are all regular line-pilots, willing to do selfless volunteer work.  They have all agreed that it is more important to put the needs of all pilots above any personal ideas or needs that they might have.  They all realize that achieving the objectives of ALPAWatch is a long-term project. While hopeful of immediate results, it is accepted that this process will take as long as it takes.  ALPAWatch is not part of ALPA.  It was not created by or with the blessing of Delta ALPA.  It is independent of ALPA and all other organizations, web sites, causes etc. It is not another debate forum.  ALPAWatch is apolitical.  ALPAWatch is here to work with ALPA, not against it.  ALPAWatch’s mission is to make certain that Delta ALPA is focused on its primary responsibility "To serve and lead the Delta pilots. To engage anywhere necessary to address opportunities and threats; always protecting and advancing Delta pilot careers, pay, working conditions, benefits and job security."

Why was ALPAWatch formed?

ALPAWatch started as an idea shared by several pilots.  The idea centered on this concept.  To repair the damage and begin the rebuilding, we need a strong union.  The options are to start over with a new union or work with the one we have.  It was quickly decided that the logical choice is work with the one we have.  ALPA worked well for pilots in the past and there is no reason it cannot do the same in the future.  However, for ALPA to produce the successes in the future that it has enjoyed in the past, a couple of things must be put into place.  The union must have good leaders.  The pilot group must have good reasons to believe, trust and follow those leaders.  Securing strong leadership and ensuring group unity is the first crucial step, the foundation of repairing the damage.

ALPAWatch was born out the process of creating "The Pledge.”  While drafting the Pledge, many pilots were asked for their input--what they thought should and should not be included in the Pledge.  That is how ALPAWatch started and how it operates now.  Ask all the questions you can.  Look for ideas.  Get input from as many pilots as possible.  Take that information and run it through the filters of the Mission and Objectives Statements and then take appropriate action when necessary.  ALPAWatch will ask any question, including the questions that ALPA will not, cannot or should not be asking.   It will investigate any issue that needs investigating, so long as those issues are germane to moving in a positive direction toward the overall objective.  Because ALPAWatch is an independent, apolitical organization separate from the union, it is able to ask some questions and come up with suggestions that ALPA cannot.  ALPAWatch will publish the responses to those questions and the results of those investigations without reservation but always with positive suggestions for solutions.  ALPAWatch subscribes to the doctrine of “don’t criticize without offering positive suggestions.”   Ultimately it is always the MEC’s responsibility to take whatever action it deems necessary.  It is up the membership to grade that action.  ALPAWatch gives the membership a forum to collectively make those grades known.  Your input to ALPAWatch and every DAL pilot’s input, ideas, participation, and comments are not only encouraged but essential. ALPAWatch will do all the heavy lifting, but to be effective the pilots of DAL must participate. The easiest way to participate is to Subscribe for the ALPAWatch Newsletter.

 

Who are the members of the ALPAWatch? (see also First Time Visitors Page, )

Well, the short answer is, you are.  This is a grassroots organization.  Every DAL pilot is encouraged to participate.  You can participate primarily by subscribing to the ALPAWatch Newsletter, submit subjects for future articles, giving ALPAWatch feedback, asking questions, stating your concerns, etc. The subjects ALPAWatch will peruse will be those that support the Objectives. Those Objectives in turn support DAL ALPA as an organization and help the leadership focus on the primary responsibility of DAL ALPA, "To serve and lead the Delta pilots. To engage anywhere necessary to address opportunities and threats; always protecting and advancing Delta pilot careers, pay, working conditions, benefits and job security. "  Your input will be directed to that purpose. 

ALPAWatch operates as an organization dedicated to a set of objectives and principles.  Those objectives and principles identify ALPAWatch, not the personalities that make it work. The stated purposes of organizations such as DAL ALPA and ALPAWatch must be more important than the personalities doing the work of that organization. Organizations function best when this concept is practiced.  To lead by example, ALPAWatch is focused on its stated objectives rather than the personalities associated with it. This organization makes every effort to lead by example, therefore the purpose, objectives, and achievements of ALPAWatch acting on behalf of the pilot group are the focus. 

The Pledge  Click here to read The Pledge

ALPAWatch 's first act was presenting the Pledge to the candidates of the Council 20 (DTW) and 55 (ANC) October '06 Elections.  The purposes of presenting the Pledge were these.  (1) Promote better leadership in the union.  (2) Promote better performance from union leaders.  (3) Give the membership additional information about a candidate’s positions and philosophy so they can make a more informed decision on their vote.  (4) Improve the level of trust in our leaders and in doing so, help bring the pilot group back together so we can go forward in a more positive direction with a greater chance of success.

The Pledge was presented to the candidates with three options of action.  They could sign it, refuse to sign it, or ignore the Pledge.  Three of the twelve candidates signed the Pledge.  All three lost.   Any meaning that might be gained from those results is still open for debate. To be fair, the fact that very few pilots every saw the ALPAWatch website (it was brand new and no one knew about it) during that time had to be the overriding factor. Click here for more on this story>>>

How does an DAL Pilot, use ALPAWatch to improve our future?

If you have read this far, you have already done a lot.  The two most import things you can do is subscribe to the ALPAWatch Newsletter and promote ALPAWatch to other Delta Pilots. Next, send us your input.  Feedback from the pilot group is essential.  Click here to email ALPAWatch with your question, comments or concerns. Can't think of anything right now? You will. Keep us in mind.

ALPAWatch was created so the membership would have an organized, coordinated, effective method of giving the leadership that needed support, ideas, and direction.  Your participation is crucial if you want our future careers be better that what we are living through today.

Thank you again for participating in ALPAWatch.  With the participation of pilots such as you, ALPAWatch will be successful in obtaining the Union Leadership that the Pilot Group deserves, and in doing so regain our fair compensation, our quality of life, our future, and our dignity.

 

 

 

 

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