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Lee Moak

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Captain Lee Moak is the ninth president of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA). He was elected by the union's Board of Directors on Oct. 13, 2010, and began his four-year term on Jan. 1, 2011. "Our union has faced many challenges throughout its long history," said Captain Moak. "Our successes have been most evident when we have worked together for the common good. I look forward to working with the many talented ALPA pilots and union staff as we proactively engage with each and every party that has the potential to influence the careers and professional lives of the pilots we represent." As ALPA's chief executive and administrative officer, Captain Moak oversees daily operations of the Association and presides over the meetings of ALPA's governing bodies, which set policy for the organization. He is also the chief spokesman for the union, advancing pilots' views in the airline industry, before Congress, Parliament, government agencies, and the news media. As the ALPA president, Captain Moak is a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council as well as the Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department. He serves on the FAA NextGen Advisory Committee (NAC), which is made up of industry decision makers tasked with advising the administration on key-decision gates with regard to improving and modernizing the nation's aviation infrastructure. A B-767 Delta Air Lines captain, Captain Moak joined ALPA in 1988. He served three terms as the chairman of the Delta Master Executive Council. His leadership in this capacity was crucial during Delta's bankruptcy recovery and successful merger with Northwest Airlines. Prior to becoming an airline pilot, the ALPA president served nine years as a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot. He later transitioned to the Naval Air Reserve Force to finish his military career as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot. Captain Moak continues to expand the traditional role of labor union leader through a policy of "active and constructive engagement" with any and all parties who can affect the professional lives and careers of the pilots he represents--from local reporters to international media; from Main Street to Wall Street; from regulators to legislators; from other unions to industry leaders around the globe, ensuring ALPA pilots are involved and contributing. Captain Moak is married and resides in New Orleans.

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March 21, 2013 12:37 PM

At a time when fierce global competition from state-backed foreign airlines should provide powerful motivation for U.S. government leaders to take every possible action to promote an economically strong airline industry, the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration mark a new low for U.S. airline employees in their determined fight to help U.S. airlines prosper and prevail in the global marketplace.

The list of U.S. government actions that could harm the U.S. airline industry, rather than advance it, has become distressingly long. The administration’s FY13 budget proposed adding new taxes to the already-oppressive list imposed on U.S. airlines, and we fear more of the same in the FY14 budget. The proposed increased passenger security tax and a $100 per flight tax threaten to intensify the burden for an industry that, as the National Journal rightly points out, is suffering taxation at a rate reserved for so-called "sins."

Add to this the administration's proposal to establish and operate a Customs and Border

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