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). With more than 12,000 members, APA is the largest independent pilotsí 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 Congress and government agencies. In addition, it devotes more than 20 percent of its dues income to support aviation safety.
Organizationally, APA is led by three national officers -- a president, a vice president, and a secretary-treasurer -- elected by the membership at large to serve three-year terms working out of the associationís headquarters office. The Board of Directors serves as the policy-making body of the association. The board is comprised of the chairman and vice chairman from each of the nine domiciles (Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, St. Louis, San Francisco, Washington, D.C.). 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 pilotís working life. These committees include: Aeromedical, Appeal Board, Benefits Review, Captainís Authority, Check Airman, Committee for the Armed Defense of the Cockpit, Communications, Contract Administration, Family Awareness, Financial Audit, Flight Time/Duty Time, Hotel, Information Technology, International Alliance, Jumpseat, Legislative Affairs, Membership, Negotiating, Pension, Pilot Mutual Aid, Political Action, Professional Standards, Safety, Scholarship Fund, Scope, Security, Strategic Campaign, Strike, Technical Analysis & Scheduling and Training.
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.