IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed Charlie Hines, a longtime IAM activist and leader from Charlotte, N.C., as an IAM Air Transport Territory Special Representative. The appointment is effective Jan. 1, 2024.
Hines had previously served as an IAM Grand Lodge Auditor and an Air Transport Territory Associate Organizer, where he continued his work assisting on numerous organizing campaigns. Hines initiated into the IAM as a Fleet Service Agent for US Airways, where he was elected Shop Steward.
He served as Vice President of the North Carolina AFL-CIO Executive Board and Secretary-Treasurer of the North Carolina State Council of Machinists.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Charlie back to the Air Transport Territory,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “Charlie is a leader who knows how to mobilize our membership, organize new members and work with others to accomplish our shared goals.”
In 2013, Hines was elected as the only delegate of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council to represent the interest of 50 local unions at the AFL-CIO National. At the IAM Southern States Conference, he received recognition for organizing efforts from then-IAM Resident General Vice President Robert Martinez Jr.
“Charlie is a longtime leader in the IAM and a champion for our membership,” said Martinez. “Our Air Transport Territory membership is going to continue to benefit from his expertise and passion for our great union.”
Hines’ training includes the completion of Leadership I, II, & III, Train the Trainer, and Social Media I at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. Hines has also been a strong advocate and supporter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Coalition of Black Trades Unionists.
Hines, a Pennsylvania native, has three daughters and two grandsons. He is a passionate community advocate and has volunteered to help local elementary schools and provide supplies and meals to those in need during the holiday seasons.