American pilots union elects new officers

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Keith Wilson has won a full term as president of the Allied Pilots Association, the union that represents about 10,000 pilots at American Airlines.

Wilson, who is a captain, was named interim president last August after then-APA president David Bates resigned following the pilots’ rejection of a proposed contract offer from American management. Under Wilson, the pilots union negotiated and approved a new contract with American while the carrier was in bankruptcy and supported the merger deal with US Airways.

Wilson defeated captain Tom Westbrook, 2,715 votes to 2,305.

American pilots also voted in a new vice president, first officer Neil Roghair, and a new secretary/treasurer, first officer Pam Torell.

Roghair is replacing captain Tony Chapman, who did not receive enough votes in the first round of balloting this spring to be part of the runoff election. Roghair received 2,989 votes while his run-off opponent, captain Graeham White, received 2,006 votes.

Torell edged out previous union secretary/treasurer Scott Shankland in the run-off even though Shankland had received 19 more votes than Torell in the initial election this spring with four candidates on the ballot. Torell received 2,931 votes to Shankland's 2,086 votes.

The new officers will assume their positions on July 1 and serve for three years.

Andrea Ahles, 817-390-7631 Twitter: @Sky_Talk

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