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Allied Pilots Association Lauds Outgoing Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne

FORT WORTH, Texas (March 2, 2022) – The Allied Pilots Association (APA), representing the 14,000 pilots of American Airlines, praised outgoing International Brotherhood of Teamsters Airline Division Director Capt. David Bourne for his “staunch commitment to union service and the betterment of aviation labor and safety.”

Capt. Bourne has announced that he will be retiring from his leadership position after 14 years of service effective March 21.

“The Allied Pilots Association has been honored to work with Capt. Bourne through APA’s membership in the Coalition of Airline Pilots Associations,” said APA President Capt. Eric Ferguson. “We have seen firsthand how effective he has been as a union leader, tripling the number of pilots represented by the Teamsters Airline Division and achieving significant wage and benefit enhancements for his members. Capt. Bourne’s staunch commitment to union service and the betterment of aviation labor and safety has been inspirational to us all.”

Capt. Bourne has a long, proud union background, with his father and grandfather both having worked in West Virginia mines. While serving as Teamsters Airline Division Director, he has focused his efforts on safety, membership needs, organizing, and legislative action.

“We would like to thank Capt. Bourne for his outstanding service and wish him the very best in his future endeavors,” Ferguson said.

Founded in 1963, the Allied Pilots Association — the largest independent pilots union in the United States — is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. APA represents the 14,000 pilots of American Airlines, including several hundred pilots on full-time military leave of absence serving in the armed forces. The union’s website is AlliedPilots.org.

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