Buffenbarger Names Key Transportation Department Staff


Chief of Staff
Joseph Tiberi

Effective April 1, Transportation Department Communications Representative Joseph Tiberi will become Chief of Staff for the 100,000-member IAM Transportation Territory. A 23-year IAM member and former Avionics Technician, Tiberi will coordinate assignments and activities for the department’s headquarters and field staff and serve as second in command to Transportation GVP Sito Pantoja.

“With a background that includes multiple nationwide organizing drives and experience representing members under the unique terms of the Railway Labor Act, Joe also brings years of experience gained from working with local and national media,” said IAM President Tom Buffenbarger.

Buffenbarger also named District 141 Educator James Carlson to succeed Tiberi as Transportation Department Communications Representative. A 20-year member of Local 1322 in New York, Carlson’s record of union experience ranges from Shop Steward and EAP Coordinator to Grievance Committee Chairman and Local Lodge President. A second-generation IAM member, Carlson also carries a BA from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell.

In addition to Tiberi and Carlson, Buffenbarger announced the appointment of District 142 Organizing Director Bill Rody and Baltimore Local 846 President Edison Fraser to become Special Representatives in the Transportation Department.

An IAM member since 1975, Rody worked as a Ramp Serviceman in St. Louis, MO while serving as a Shop Steward and later a full-time member of the Grievance Committee. A member of Local 949, Rody also served as Recording Secretary before assuming duties as District 142’s full-time Organizing Director.

Edison Fraser has served fellow workers at Southwest Airlines in a wide variety of roles since becoming an IAM member in 2002. In addition to his responsibilities as Local 846 President, Grievance Committee Chairman and Chairman of the Community Service Committee, Fraser also worked full-time on the Transportation Department’s recent string of organizing victories.

“We’ve witnessed extraordinary changes in the Transportation sector over the past decade, from bankruptcies and consolidation to the recent organizing opportunities,” said Pantoja. “I’m confident these appointments will further enhance our ability to organize new members and respond to additional changes that are certain to come.”

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James Carlson
Communications Representative

Bill Rody

Edison Fraser

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