Capt. Bill Couette, Vice President–Administration/Secretary
Capt. William Russell “Bill” Couette (Envoy Air) was reelected to his fourth consecutive term as ALPA’s vice president–administration/secretary on Oct. 17, 2018, at the Association’s biennial Board of Directors meeting. His current term began on Jan. 1, 2019.
As vice president–administration/secretary, Capt. Couette executes the policies of the Association’s governing bodies and acts as custodian for all ALPA documents, contracts, leases, property deeds, and general records. He also oversees ALPA’s membership programs and serves as an ex officio member of the Association’s Election and Ballot Certification Board.
While serving as vice president–administration/secretary, Capt. Couette is responsible for fairly administering numerous procedures under ALPA’s Constitution and By-Laws and Administrative Manual. He has also worked with the ALPA Merger Policy Review Committee to determine how to best protect pilot interests when airlines merge. He participated in ALPA’s representational organizing campaigns for the pilots of Continental Airlines (which merged with United Airlines in October 2010) and FedEx Express. He also acted as Strike Oversight Board representative for the pilots of former carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Skyway Airlines.
Among his duties, Capt. Couette is responsible for the union’s Professional Development Group, which coordinates the actions of the ALPA Education, Leadership, and Membership committees to aid and support union members throughout their professional careers, from recruitment to retirement. In conjunction with the activities of these committees, Capt. Couette ensures coordination with the goals of the ALPA President’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion.
As an Envoy Air pilot (and previously a pilot for American Eagle and Simmons Airlines), he has held important ALPA pilot-group leadership posts including his status as a five-time elected local executive council officer and a System Board of Adjustment member.
Based in Chicago, Ill., Capt. Couette flies the EMB-145. He earned a BS in aviation technology with a professional flight minor from St. Cloud State University. His deceased father, Russell, a former member of IBEW Local 160, passed onto him a deeply held belief in the importance of a strong, unified union.