The United Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, International is the governing body that represents over 14,000 United Airlines pilots. The MEC, related committee members, and professional staff work to protect and promote the careers of United pilots, concentrating on safety, pay, working conditions, benefits, and job security.
Captain Garth Thompson is the current Master Chair of the United MEC.
The United MEC is composed of member-elected representatives from New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Cleveland, Guam, and the Denver Flight Training Center. Local pilot volunteers form the backbone of our committee structure, and full-time ALPA staff round out our team with legal, administrative, and communications support.
The seeds of the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA) were planted by United pilots in 1931. United Captain Dave Behncke was ALPA’s first president, serving from 1931 until 1951. Under his administration, ALPA became a major presence in Washington, D.C., using its influence to secure legislation that made the airline piloting profession more stable and promote a safer work environment.