IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced today the creation of a new Aerospace Territory that will be led by General Vice President Mark Blondin.
“Aerospace industry workers make up almost 25 percent of our union’s membership and work in all corners of North America. An Aerospace Territory will better coordinate contract negotiations and representation duties that are now spread across multiple Territories,” said Buffenbarger. “Mark Blondin’s years of experience in the aerospace industry make him the ideal person to lead this new Territory.”
Blondin, was previously assigned Aerospace Coordinator in 2007 with the primary responsibility of negotiating agreements between the IAM and Boeing throughout the United States and Canada.
“It is an honor to lead this new Aerospace Territory,” said Blondin. “The aerospace industry is constantly changing and there are unprecedented challenges in the years ahead. Organizing our aerospace members under one banner will help keep North America the leader in high-tech manufacturing, the world’s best producer of aerospace products and the creator of solid, middle-class jobs.”
Before serving as Aerospace Coordinator, Blondin was the President and Directing Business Representative for IAM District 751 in Seattle, WA, Boeing’s largest commercial airplane location. Blondin was the chief negotiator for the 2002, 2005 and 2008 Boeing contracts.
Blondin’s IAM career started in 1978 while working at an IAM-represented machine shop in Seattle, WA. He hired on at Boeing in 1979 and worked in the tooling department at the Renton, WA plant. As a member of Local 751C, Blondin held numerous Local Lodge positions and in 1996 he became a Business Representative for District 751 and President and Directing Business Representative in 2000. Blondin was also a member of the IAM Law Committee during the 2004 Grand Lodge Convention.