IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. has appointed Sam Cicinelli to serve as a Special Assistant to IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway, effective June 1, 2022. Cicinelli previously served as Directing Business Representative of IAM Local Lodge 701, the nation’s largest mechanics local representing over 5,600 workers in the Chicagoland area. He has been an IAM member for nearly 34 years.
“Sam Cicinelli brings with him more than three decades experience and knowledge as a union tradesman and union activist focused on improving the lives of working families,” said Martinez. “His drive, work ethic, experience in the automotive industry, knack for organizing, ingenuity and creative thinking when it comes to problem-solving will prove useful in the Midwest Territory.”
As DBR, Cicinelli led two successful, highly-publicized strikes, which resulted in the complete dismantling of Chicago’s new car dealer association. He’s also successfully managed and expanded one of the IAM’s premiere apprenticeship training programs, the Mechanics Local 701 Training Center.
Cicinelli initiated into Local 701 as a Cadillac Technician in 1988. He served as Shop Steward for 11 years and Vice-President for five years. Cicinelli was appointed as an Organizer in 2000 and a Business Representative in 2001, where he serviced the trailer and body industry, automotive and body shop technicians, forklift industry, United Parcel Service and ITLRA General Trucking (ABF, Roadway, USF Holland and Yellow Transportation). He was selected to serve as Assistant Directing Business Representative in 2010 and appointed by the Executive Board to serve as Directing Business Representative in 2012.
Cicinelli’s experience also includes Chairman and Trustee on the Local 701 Health and Welfare and Pension Funds, Chairman of the Local 701 Apprenticeship Training Fund and Chairman of the Local 701 401(k) Defined Contribution Plan.