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Director Capt. David Bourne, Airline Division Director

Captain Bourne joined the Teamsters in May 2008 as the Director of the Airline Division. His vision, know-how and reputation as a visionary leader has led Airline Division to record levels of representation by focusing on membership needs, organizing and legislative action.

David is a Boeing 747-400 captain who immediately prior to accepting his current position, served as the Master Executive Council (MEC) chairman for the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) unit at Atlas Air, Inc. After leading two organizing drives at Atlas, a bitter court battle and two efforts to secure a contract, in July 2002 he signed the first collective bargaining agreement in Atlas Air’s history. In 2005, he led the successful effort to fully protect and improve the pilots’ contract during the airline’s bankruptcy filing, leading to an improved labor/management relationship at the company.

At the request of the President of ALPA, Bourne also served as vice chairman of ALPA’s Presidents Committee on Cargo. Prior to Atlas, he was a corporate jet captain in charge of International Operations for Washington, D.C.-based Riggs National Bank, having previously served as chief pilot of the corporate flight department for the president of the AFL-CIO under the Building and Construction Trades Department.

An ardent trade unionist, Dave has a long, proud union background. Both his father and grandfather worked the mines in West Virginia. His first job in aviation was as a substitute co-pilot for the Teamsters.

He is a graduate of George Mason University in Virginia with a degree in Human Factors Engineering.

Steve Nagrotsky, Airline Division Deputy Director

Steve Nagrotsky serves at the Deputy Director of the Teamsters Airline Division and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position.
Nagrotsky has 27 years experience with the Air Line Pilots Association and is an expert on collective bargaining and Railway Labor Act contract enforcement. Further, he has extensive experience in arbitrations, negotiations and as an advisor to labor groups.
Nagrotsky received his undergraduate degree in Industrial Relations from Cornell University, where he attended on a union scholarship program from the New York Central Labor Trades Council. He earned his law degree from New York University.

Paul Alves

A true trade unionist, with an undeniable willingness to engage in the most aggressive and professional defense of members rights, Paul Alves is a labor union member, representative and leader.

Paul joined the Airline Division as an International Representative in August 2008. A career aviator with over 15,000 flight hours, he brings a great breath of experience in labor relations, flight operations, aircraft maintenance management, and aircraft accident investigation experience to the Division.

His responsibilities include assisting the Division Director in implementing, directing, facilitating and managing the Airline Divisions’ plans and programs as they relate to System Boards of Arbitration, grievances, contract negotiations, aviation safety, Congressional lobbying, and labor matters pertaining to members in all Crafts and Class in the Airline Division.

Captain Rick Dubinsky

Captain Rick Dubinsky is now an International Representative for the Teamsters Airline Division. He retired from United Airlines in November 2002. He was a professional pilot at United for more than 37 years, having begun his career in October 1965. His formal educational background included engineering studies at the University of Oklahoma and at Washington University in St. Louis in the early 1960s. However, decades later, after his focus shifted toward labor interests, in 1991 he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the George Meany Center for Labor Studies of Antioch University, becoming the first airline pilot to do so.

During the course of his long airline career, Captain Dubinsky flew most of United’s then current fleet types—from historic Douglas DC-6 and Vickers Viscount propeller aircraft to nearly every model of Boeing jetliner United operated. He was domiciled in Chicago, Washington D.C., Cleveland, Newark, as well as New York’s LaGuardia and Kennedy airports. At the time of his retirement, Captain Dubinsky was assigned to the Boeing 747-400 based out of O’Hare, with a system seniority number of 25.

During the years 2000 and 2001, pursuant to the terms of the ESOP agreement, Captain Dubinsky served as a member of the board of directors of UAL Corporation, the parent company of United Airlines. Additionally, in the late 1980s he served as the Executive Vice-President, Secretary and member of the board of directors of the United Employee Acquisition Corporation, and as the President and member of the board of directors of Airline Acquisition Corporation. In that capacity he led the initial attempts of United’s employees to acquire majority ownership of UAL through an ESOP. Captain Dubinsky was also a founding member of the board of directors of the United Retired Pilots Benefit Protection Association. Captain Dubinsky is currently leading contract negotiations at a number of airlines for the pilots and flight attendants represented by the Airline Division.

Captain Dubinsky is married to his wife, Lisa, who is a professional opera singer. He has three grown children. Captain and Mrs. Dubinsky reside in suburban Cleveland, Ohio.

Matthew Fazakas

Matthew is the former President and Principal Officer of Denver Teamsters Local 961, which has since merged into Teamsters Local 455. Born and raised in New York City, Matthew is a 23-year Teamsters currently based in Colorado. He was directly involved in the organization of the America West CSR’s, and the Continental Airlines, Frontier Airlines, and United Airlines maintenance and related employees.

Matthew has negotiated many contracts in the airline industry as well as in the newspaper, food processing, auto transport, parking, and rental car industries. He brings a wealth of experience to the Teamsters Airline Division. Matthew currently serves as and international representative for the division as well as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Teamsters Newspaper, Magazine and Electronic Media Workers Conference. Additionally, he is the Western Area Carhaul Co-Chairman and is responsible for the negotiations of former Local 961 contracts.

Robert Fisher

Bob is a 25-year aircraft mechanic and former Local President and Grievance Committee chairman for the IAM in Washington DC. Bob also previously held a District Lodge position as Trustee. Since the IBT began representing mechanics and related members, Bob served as the Washington DC-based Grievance Coordinator and sat on the steering and negotiating committees. Since joining the Airline Division, Bob is working on mechanics and stock clerk issues.

Bob currently sits on the UA Joint Board of Adjustment and is involved in the preparations for seniority integration and joint collective bargaining talks. In addition Bob is participating in the Frontier Mechanics and Related and Materials Specialist as well as participating in the Southwest Stock Clerks system boards.

Clacy Griswold

With over two decades of experience in the airline industry, Clacy’s background as a longtime trade unionist speaks for itself. He has worked in Maintenance, A/C Services and Ground Operations at multiple airlines including Pan Am, Western and PSA. Clacy spent nine years as a dedicated shop steward and has over 21 years under his belt as a Teamsters business agent. In that time, he has negotiated some of the strongest collective bargaining agreements in the industry.

Much of Clacy’s skills as an airline mechanic unionist come from on the ground experience. However, he was also the recipient of an AFL-CIO scholarship, an associate’s degree in labor studies, and attended a number of colleges including UC Berkley and the George Meany Institute for Labor Studies.

Captain Scott Hegland

Captain Scott Hegland is a former 21-year airline pilot for Midwest Airlines. He began his union work three months after being hired, working as a member on an organizing committee to gain union representation at Midwest. Scott was appointed to Midwest’s first negotiating committee in 1998. In January of 1999 he became the chairman of Midwest’s Negotiating Committee while also holding positions as Executive Administrator of Local Council 30, Temporary Scheduling Chairman and Merger Chairman.

In 2002, Scott was selected by Capt. Duane Woerth to serve as Air Wisconsin's Strike Oversight Board (SOB) representative. The SOB responsibilities included the budgeting and management of the finances committed by ALPA for the 30-day cooling off period and the potential of self help activities.

In 2006, Scott was again selected by Capt. Woerth to become a member of ALPA's National Collective Bargaining Committee. The committee was responsible for the development of pattern bargaining concepts and negotiating assistance to all of the airlines represented by ALPA. The committee also assisted in holding negotiating conferences with ALPA and other independent airlines to foster cross-union sharing of negotiating concepts and representational activities.

In October, 2008, Scott was asked by Capt. David Bourne to join him at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. As the international representative for all flight deck crewmembers, Scott’s responsibilities include legislative affairs interests for flight deck crewmembers, negotiations, grievances and arbitrations, and assisting local unions, Pilot Executive Councils and their committees with their activities.

Chris Moore

Chris is a licensed A and P and has been a mechanic at Continental Airlines since 1986. Stationed at IAH the entire 26 yrs, he became a Teamster in 1997 and then a shop steward three years later. After four years as chairman of the Teamsters Aviation Mechanic Coalition, Chris joined the Airline Division in 2011 as an international representative. Chris has worked on every version of the 737 (100 thru 900), from gear changes to engine changes, DC – 9 / MD 80, DC10, A300, 727, 747, 757, 767 and, in the last few years, on the 777 phase A ck line. He held AW release on all models and was taxi-qualified on all but the 747, DC10 and A300. Most of his years in the industry were spent on graveyard shift working either out-of-service or PSV crew. Chris also spent a couple of years on the Tech Support crew where he worked aircraft with “chronic” problems. From 1986 through 1990, Chris was part of the IAH engine change crew where, along with normal line maintenance duties, his crew performed most of the scheduled and unscheduled engine changes in their region.

A chief steward with the Teamsters from 2004 to 2007, Chris chaired the IAH Maintenance Safety Committee for the union side for six years. The safety committee, which today is known at a Safety Action Team, was a cooperative effort between the Union and Continental Airlines.

In addition to serving as an IBT representative with the Airline Division, Chris is also the Safety Coordinator and currently works on evaluating Teamster programs and determining what new programs are needed for our members. Chris is assigned to United to help streamline the merging of two separate safety programs from the union perspective. Finally, Chris is working with John Goglia on a “Go Team” manual that will cover all represented classes and crafts at all of the airlines represented by the Airline Division.

Nicolas (“Nick”) M. Manicone

Nick Manicone graduated from Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1991.  He graduated from Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, DC, in 1996.  He has practiced labor law with a focus on airlines since that date.

From 2000 through 2008 Nick was Headquarters Counsel for the Communications Workers of America at their headquarters in Washington, DC.  From 2008 through the present, he has acted as Staff Counsel for the Teamsters at its International Headquarters in Washington, DC.  He specializes in practice under the Railway Labor Act and before the National Mediation Board.

Deirdre Hamilton

Deirdre Hamilton is a graduate of Oberlin College and attended law school at the University of Michigan Law School, where she served on the Michigan Journal of International Law.  After graduating law school in 2000, she joined the legal department of the International Association of Machinists as a Legal Fellow.  In 2002, she joined the legal department of the Association of Flight Attendants, where she handled mediations, arbitrations, and litigation.  In 2014, Ms. Hamilton joined the legal department of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters where she works with the Airline Division.

Ms. Hamilton has taught at workshops for union leaders and activists on subjects including grievance handling, arbitration and the duty of fair representation.  She has recently presented papers on ‘Legal Issues in Organizing Airport Contractors’ at the IBT Lawyers’ Conference and before the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Division.  Ms. Hamilton has also participated in discussion panels before the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Division and that division’s RLA committee.