Aerospace Territory Adds Key Staff Members

Effective February 1, Aerospace Coordinator Ray Moffatt will become Chief of Staff for the newly-created IAM Aerospace Territory. Moffatt brings significant bargaining and servicing experience to the position in addition to a background that includes service as a U.S. Marine Corp Officer/Pilot and bargaining unit member under the Service Contract Act.

“Ray brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, gleaned from managing successful organizing drives and working with local bargaining committees to secure the best contracts possible,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger, who announced the appointment. “He has earned the respect of union members and company officials alike and I’m certain he’ll excel in his new role as Chief of Staff.”

Buffenbarger also named Jody Bennett of Ft. Worth, TX District 776 and Mark Johnson of Seattle, WA District 751 to become Grand Lodge Representatives assigned to the new Aerospace Territory.

Mark Johnson has been an IAM member since hiring on with Boeing in 1977 and has served as president of Local 751-C, Business Rep. for District 751 and as a key member of the IAM-Boeing bargaining committee during the last three rounds of contract talks.

Jody Bennett joined IAM Local 2771 in 1989 while working as an Aircraft Mechanic for Dyncorp at Shepard AFB, TX.  His union career includes service as a Shop Steward, Trustee, District Delegate, Negotiating Committee member and Chief Steward. Since 2004, Jody has worked as a Business Representative for District 776 in Fort Worth, TX and as Administrative Assistant.

“The team of IAM Aerospace Coordinators now contains some of the most capable, talented and formidable union representatives the IAM has to offer,” said Aerospace GVP Mark Blondin. “Our industry is beset by extraordinary challenges, but there are also real opportunities for growth. We intend to be very aggressive in pursuing organizing leads and just as aggressive protecting the hard-won pay, benefits and pensions of our existing members.”

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