International President Tom Buffenbarger announced the appointment of Joe Stassi as Transportation Department Special Representative.
Stassi, a 24-year IAM veteran, initiated into Local Lodge 914 in Newark, NJ in 1990 as a United Airlines ramp servicemen. Joe then transferred to Local Lodge 1886 in Denver, CO and then to Local Lodge 2508 in Orlando, FL in 2000.
“Joe will bring a valuable and diverse skill-set to the Transportation Department,” said General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “He has consistently demonstrated his commitment to growing our union and providing great representation to all IAM members he has served.”
Stassi has held the positions of shop-steward, union awareness instructor, ramp committee, grievance committee chairman, local lodge trustee, local lodge president and was elected as a delegate to the Grand Lodge Convention in 2000 and 2012. Stassi was named District 141 Organizing Director in 2012. Joe also holds an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Stassi has been a vital component of successful IAM organizing campaigns at AirTran, United Airlines and US Airways. Stassi led the recent IAM organizing drive at Spirit Airlines in which 80 percent of fleet service employees voted IAM.
Stassi will assume his new duties August 1, 2014.