The United Master Executive Council (MEC) of the Air Line Pilots Association, International is the governing body that represents over 12,000 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.
Every two years, the United MEC elects a slate of four officers to serve the pilots of United Airlines. The officers were elected in January of 2022 and began their term March 1, 2022. Captain Mike Hamilton was elected as Master Chairman of the United MEC at the January 2022 MEC meeting. Captain Hamilton began flying for United Airlines in 1997 after flying for Air Midwest. He is currently a 757/767 Captain in Denver. Before serving as Master Chair, Captain Hamilton has served in ALPA leadership positions throughout his career at United which include two terms as a local council representative, three terms as the MEC Secretary-Treasurer and six terms as ALPA International Executive Vice President. He has also served as a volunteer on numerous United MEC and ALPA International committees. Captain Hamilton grew up in the Chicago area graduating from Benet Academy before earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautics from Park College of Saint Louis University in 1997. He currently resides in the Denver area with his wife and two sons who are currently attending college.
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.