At all levels of ALPA, pilots make decisions through the democratic process. All decisions start with our pilot groups. Each pilot group consists of all the pilots at a given airline. Pilot groups exercise considerable autonomy in governing their own internal affairs, such as negotiating contracts, enforcing those contracts, and discussing issues of concern with their companies.

Read more about how ALPA’s pilot group culture has affected the union’s governance structure in an Air Line Pilot article titled, “Who’s in Charge Here, Anyway?”
Members of each ALPA carrier are represented by their Local Council Status Representatives, who make up each pilot group’s Master Executive Council (MEC). Each pilot group consists of one or more Local Councils, which generally correspond with the pilots’ major domiciles. These Local Council Status Representatives sit on ALPA’s Board of Directors, the Association’s highest governing body. The Local Council Representatives elect the officers of the MEC, the chairmen of which comprise ALPA’s Executive Board. ALPA’s Executive Council, which bears fiduciary responsibility for the Association, includes both elected Executive Vice Presidents and the National Officers.

ALPA’s National Officers, the President, the First-Vice President, the Vice-President-Administration/Secretary, and the Vice-President-Finance/Treasurer, and ALPA's Executive Administrator guide the Association’s work from its Washington D.C. headquarters and nearby Herndon, Va. offices.

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