Release #: 21.66
December 07, 2021

ALPA Applauds Deirdre Hamilton’s Confirmation to the National Mediation Board

WASHINGTON—The Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA) congratulated Deirdre Hamilton today after the U.S. Senate confirmed her to serve on the National Mediation Board (NMB). Charged with overseeing collective bargaining and representation disputes in the rail and air industries, the NMB serves a critical role in securing the dignity of work that only a collective agreement can provide.

“Deirdre Hamilton’s extensive expertise in aviation labor issues makes her an excellent addition to the NMB, and ALPA looks forward to working with her on collective bargaining, representation, and grievance issues,” said Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA president.

Earlier this year, ALPA encouraged the NMB to take several administrative actions that would promote greater unionization, protect the rights of labor, and expedite the organizing process for workers seeking to bargain collectively.

“Strong unions have led to economic stability for professional airline pilots and other workers across the United States and the NMB plays a critical role in that success. Ms. Hamilton’s vast experience and professionalism will be a welcome addition and help ensure that the rights of workers are advanced,” added DePete. 

Founded in 1931, ALPA is the largest airline pilot union in the world and represents more than 61,000 pilots at 38 U.S. and Canadian airlines. Visit the ALPA website at or follow us on Twitter @ALPAPilots.


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