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General Counsel
posted on August 09, 2019 17:31



APA's General Counsel is a strategic advisor to APA's National Officers and Board of Directors (NO/BOD). The successful candidate will provide guidance on matters critical to APA's success as a labor organization. He or she shall work at the direction of, and in coordination with, APA's Senior Director of Legal Affairs to ensure that the NO/BOD, committees and staff receive high quality legal advice and services. APA's General Counsel should possess many of the following qualifications:

  • A demonstrated ability to assist unions in collective bargaining negotiations, ideally within the airline industry
  • Thorough understanding of the Railway Labor Act (RLA) and the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) with at least 10 years of experience preferred in these areas
  • Significant experience in guiding unions on internal matters, to include LMRDA expertise, advice on governance issues, membership status, elections, union discipline and other internal disputes, investigations and matters involving APA as an employer
  • Ability to manage, and at the direction of the Senior Director of Legal Affairs, assist and/or lead with arbitration and litigation matters. Areas of prior experience ideally include litigation concerning rights under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), duty of fair representation litigation, mediation, and arbitration of grievances concerning pilot scheduling or other technical provisions specific to pilots in collective bargaining agreements
  • Knowledge and leadership on key pilot career issues, including training, safety, medical certificates, medical disability programs, retirement programs, and substance abuse treatment programs (HIMS)
  • Familiarity with regulatory issues facing pilots and/or the airline industry as a whole, including flags of convenience, National Mediation Board (NMB), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and Department of Transportation (DOT) rulemaking and decisions, airline mergers and/or bankruptcy proceedings as well as the impact of court decisions such as Janus
  • Ability to provide reliable legal advice and build consensus amid competing priorities
  • Availability to travel to APA Headquarters for Board of Directors meetings and other assignments as needed

To apply, please submit your resume and/or letter of interest to Search Committee Email no later than September 1, 2019

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About APA:

APA is a unique place to work.  We are the union representing the 15,000 pilots of American Airlines.

In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement between APA and the Allied Pilots Staff Employees Association, job openings covered by that agreement are posted for internal candidates first before being advertised externally.

APA Benefits:

401(k) Plan: APA deposits an amount equal to 10 percent of an employee’s gross pay every two weeks with each paycheck. In addition, if an employee contributes, APA will match up to 5 percent of the employee’s contributions.

Comprehensive medical benefits.

Two weeks’ vacation and two weeks’ personal time.

Business casual attire, with jeans every Friday.

The Allied Pilots Association provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.