Posted on: 02 September 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Members of the American Eagle pilots’ union, a unit of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) have re-elected Captain Anthony Gutierrez as chairman of the union’s governing body, the Master Executive Council (MEC).
Also re-elected during the union’s regular semi-annual meeting were Captain Dave Ryter (pictured) as vice chairman and Captain Gaston Valdovinos as MEC secretary-treasurer. The two-year terms are effective from 8 September. ALPA says the re-election of all three officers signals the support the Master Executive Council has during a challenging time when the airline’s divestiture from the AMR Group is progressing.
“The American Eagle MEC is committed to making every effort to provide Eagle pilots with a voice in the future of their company,” declared Gutierrez. “The MEC will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our pilots to ensure the best possible outcome for everyone.”
Currently in the final stages of negotiations surrounding the specifics of the divestiture , the MEC has been actively engaged with American Eagle and American Airlines management to establish an agreement that provides American Eagle pilots with job stability, career advancement, and the opportunity to share in the economic success of the airline.