This is the third in a series of posts designed to explain the structure and function of your union. Knowing how your union works and who to contact when you have questions or issues you want addressed will help you make the most of your career. In Part I we talked all about local councils/LECs, in Part II we focused on the Master Executive Council (MEC), and today we’re looking at the officers of the MEC.

Who are the officers of the MEC?

The officers of the MEC (commonly called the MEC Administration) are four elected officers, chairman, vice chairman, secretary and treasurer, who manage daily operations of the Delta pilots’ union. These officers are elected by the 19 voting members of the MEC, and serve a two-year term. Each officer is nominated and elected individually – there are no “tickets” involving a group of candidates.

What are their roles?

Together, the MEC officers, or Administration, run the union’s day-to-day business, in line with direction given by the MEC (who only meet periodically throughout the year).

 

The MEC Chairman’s responsibilities include:

  • Carry out any assignment directed by the MEC
  • Act as the official spokesman for the policies of the MEC
  • Keep the MEC informed of any action or discussions taken on its behalf
  • Act as an ex-officio member of all committees unless otherwise provided by the MEC
  • Represent the MEC for the purpose of furthering and implementing the objectives and policies of the ALPA Board of Directors and Executive Board
  • Interacts with the president of Delta and senior Flight Ops management on behalf of the union
  • Cast a tie-breaking vote of the MEC, except in elections of officers

 

The MEC Vice Chairman’s responsibilities include:

  • Carry out any assignment directed by the MEC Chairman or the MEC
  • Conducts day-to-day communications with the Company on large-scale issue

 

The MEC Secretary’s responsibilities include:

  • Carry out any assignment as directed by the MEC chairman or the MEC
  • Maintain the Policy Manual
  • Review the Policy Manual and ALPA Administrative Manual periodically to ensure compliance with the ALPA Constitution and By-Laws, and provide the MEC with proposed changes
  • Ensure copies of all resolutions passed by the MEC are made available on the MEC website in a timely manner

 

The MEC Treasurer’s responsibilities include:

  • Carry out any assignment as directed by the MEC chairman or the MEC
  • Assist the chairman in administering MEC funds
  • Maintain the financial records of the MEC

 

Who else is a part of the Administration?

The MEC chairman may also appoint up to two executive administrators (commonly called EAs) to assist him with performing his duties. The EA(s) must be confirmed by the MEC via resolution and vote. EAs can be removed at any time at the discretion of the MEC chairman, but otherwise serve a concurrent term with the MEC chairman who appointed them.

How do they serve Delta pilots?

You can think of the MEC Administration as the managers of union operations, based on MEC direction. While they don’t have authority over the LECs, they oversee MEC-level committees, communications, staff and programs operated on at the MEC level (like scheduling support and representation). They also serve as liaison to the Company, representing the union.

Be sure to catch up on all parts of the Understanding Your Union series:

The Master Executive Council

Local Councils/LECs