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American Airlines pilots elect new union president

mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

American Airlines’ pilots elected new union leaders on Thursday.

Capt. Daniel Carey was elected president of the Allied Pilots Association when his run-off opponent Captain Graeham White chose to withdraw from the race earlier this month. Carey will replace current president Capt. Keith Wilson, who has been in the position since 2012 and decided not to run for re-election.

Carey is based at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and flies the Boeing 777 on international routes for American. He joined the Fort Worth-based carrier in 1984.

First officer Timothy Hamel won the run-off election for vice president, receiving 2,712 votes while his opponent, first officer Robert Sproc received 2,037 votes. Hamel, who flies Boeing 787 on international routes out of Dallas/Fort Worth, was appointed vice president last year when then-vice president first officer Neil Roghair resigned.

Captain Pam Torell was elected Secretary-Treasurer, receiving a majority of votes in the first round of balloting in May. She currently flies Boeing 737s on international routes out of Miami.

All three will begin their three-year terms on Friday. The Allied Pilots Association represents 15,000 pilots that work at American Airlines.

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