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.