Allied Pilots Association
|Full name||Allied Pilots Association|
|Office location||Fort Worth, Texas|
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Allied Pilots Association (APA) serves as the certified collective bargaining agent for all American Airlines pilots. APA was founded in 1963 by a group of American Airlines pilots who broke away from the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA).The first headquarters was located in New York City before it moved to Fort Worth, Texas. With more than 11,500 members, APA is the largest independent pilots’ union in the world.
APA provides all of the traditional union representation services for its members. This includes the lobbying of airline pilots' views to the U.S. Congress and government agencies. In addition, it devotes more than 20% of its dues income to support aviation safety.
Organizationally, APA is led by three National Officers, president, vice president, and secretary-treasurer, elected by the membership at large to serve three-year terms, working out of the association’s headquarters office. The Board of Directors consist of a chairman and vice chairman of the airline's eight domiciles, serves as the policy-making body for the association. The board meets at least three times each year, with the fall meeting constituting the annual meeting. The association has numerous active committees made up of pilot volunteers that focus on key facets of a pilot’s working life. These committees include Aeromedical, Appeal Board, Benefits Review, Captain’s Authority, Communications, Contract Compliance, Family Awareness, Financial Audit, Hotel, Information Technology, International Alliance, Jumpseat Non-Rev, Legislative Affairs, Membership, Negotiating, Pension, Pilot Mutual Aid, Political Action, Professional Standards, Safety & Training, Scholarship fund, Scope, Strike Preparedness, and Technical Analysis & Scheduling.
A 45-member professional staff works in the headquarters offices providing a wide range of services, including legal representation, contract administration, accounting, public relations, benefits administration and clerical support.
Membership and representation
APA membership is voluntary, however, American Airlines is an agency shop. Employees represented by the union pay 1% of their salary per month via payroll deduction.