Release #: DALMEC 2016-12
December 07, 2016

Delta Pilots Union Elects New Leadership

Newport Beach, Calif.—Today, the 19 voting members of the Delta Master Executive Council (MEC), represented by the Air Line Pilots Association International, conducted a regularly scheduled meeting to elect new leadership. The Delta MEC is the union’s governing body of the airline’s 13,700 pilots.

Captain Bill Bartels was elected to the position of MEC chairman.

Captain Ryan Schnitzler was elected MEC vice chairman.

Captain Tom Brielmann was elected MEC secretary.

Captain Tom Bell was elected MEC treasurer.

Captain Bartels is a Detroit based 767-300 pilot at Delta Air Lines, Inc. He was hired by Northwest Airlines in 1995. Prior to his election as MEC chairman, he served ALPA as Council 20 chairman representative.

In his address to the MEC, Captain Bartels said, “I want to thank Captain John Malone for his significant accomplishments over the past year. Many threats remain on the horizon, both to our flying jobs and working conditions. In order to meet these challenges, my administration will strive to keep the pilot group closely connected to ALPA and how the union does business.”

Captain Schnitzler, a New York based MD 88 pilot, was hired by Delta in 2007 and most recently served as Council 108 vice chairman.

Captain Brielmann, a New York based B717 pilot, was hired by Ransome in 1979 and most recently served as Council 66 chairman.

Captain Tom Bell, a Detroit based A320 pilot, was hired by Northwest in 1986 and most recently served as Council 20 secretary-treasurer.

The officers will serve a two-year term, assuming their new duties on January 1, 2017.

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SOURCE: Air Line Pilots Association

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