Cervantes Named Assistant Secretary to the GST

General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr., announced the appointment of Dora Cervantes as Assistant Secretary to the General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) effective July 1, 2012.

Currently a Special Assistant to the GST and former Grand Lodge Representative (GLR) in the Transportation Department, Cervantes initiated into IAM Local 2198 in Houston, TX in 1989 as a Reservations Agent for Southwest Airlines. She has served as an Organizer, Shop Steward, Recording Secretary and Vice President of Local Lodge 2198. Cervantes was also an Apprentice Organizer for District 142 before becoming a District General Chairperson in 2000. Cervantes was appointed to the Grand Lodge staff as a Special Representative in 2005, and later promoted to a GLR.

“Dora Cervantes has shown great leadership throughout her many years as a Machinist,” said Roach. “She’s gained the confidence of our membership having worked at both the local and district levels, and time and time again demonstrated the importance and her willingness to put the membership first. I’ve known her personally for 23 years and fully trust her ability to protect this organization and its members.”

Cervantes holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Labor Studies from the National Labor College, serves as a National Board Member on the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and is an active member in the Coalition of Labor Union Women and the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s Women’s Committee. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and helps teach the Spanish Leadership series at the William W. Winpisinger Education Center and the IAM/Aviation High School Partnership Program.

“Having worked in a variety of capacities throughout our union, including the many years she spent in the IAM Transportation Department, Dora continues to excel. She has become a valued member of the GST staff,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “Her first call of duty as the new Assistant Secretary to the General Secretary-Treasurer will be serving as the GST Department point-person behind the many components of the 2012 IAM Grand Lodge Convention. Her strong core values and leadership skills will help to ensure the success of our organization.”