Celebrating Black History: IAM Spotlights Tiwaan Bradley

The IAM Human Rights Department has taken on its own identity within the IAM, with the sole purpose of advancing equality and justice. 

This February, the IAM Human Rights Department is featuring accomplished IAM members of the Black community in celebration of Black History Month. 

IAM members being honored for Black History Month are among the many trailblazers in our union.

Tiwaan Bradley
Nominated by: IAM Eastern Territory

Tiwaan Bradley started his IAM career with IKEA where he assisted in organizing a union at his New Jersey warehouse. He was quickly recognized as a tremendous leader and served as a delegate for Local 1061 for 10 years. Bradley was also elected as Chief Steward for his Local, Negotiating Committee member, and served as a District 4 Trustee. 

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Bradley helped navigate the challenges that arose for IKEA’s essential employees and was an asset to his union and members.  

His talents were recognized at many levels of the IAM, and in August 2021, Bradley joined the IAM District 4 staff as a Business Representative. 

In May 2023, Bradley joined the IAM Grand Lodge staff as a Special Representative assigned to the Eastern Territory. He is a key member of the Eastern Territory Staff, responsible for assisting District 4, District 15, and multiple organizing campaigns, including the MCU organizing efforts.  

In addition, Bradley was appointed in 2023 to the Committee of the Future by now-International President Brian Bryant. The IAM Committee on the Future was directed by the delegates of the 40th IAM Grand Lodge Convention to gather membership suggestions on how to continue to improve our 135-year-old union. It is made up of IAM members and representatives from across North America who traveled the U.S. and Canada to get member feedback.

Tiwaan and his wife, Portia, reside in New Jersey with their two children.

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