ITF Congress Elects IAM, TCU Reps to Key Leadership Positions


IAM and TCU had a strong contingent of delegates at the 43rd International Transport Workers Federation Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria. From left, IAM Airline Coordinator Tim Klima, IAM Transportation Chief of Staff Joseph Tiberi, IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja, IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie, TCU National President Robert Scardelletti, TCU National Vice President Joel Parker, TCU Carmen Division General President Rich Johnson, IAM Chief of Staff to the International President Owen Herrnstadt, TCU Assistant to the President Joe Condo, and IAM Canadian Air Transport Coordinator Carlos DaCosta.

The 43rd International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria featured a week of strategizing to protect transportation workers globally.

IAM delegates included Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja, Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie, Transportation Chief of Staff Joseph Tiberi, Canadian Air Transport Coordinator Carlos DaCosta, Chief of Staff to the International President Owen Herrnstadt, and Airline Coordinator Tim Klima.

The more than 1,700 ITF delegates re-elected Pantoja and TCU National President Robert Scardelletti to new four-year terms on the ITF Executive Board. Tiberi was re-elected as the Committee’s Vice-Chair.

Joseph Condo, TCU Assistant to the President, was re-elected as the Railways Section Committee’s North American Co-Chair. District Lodge 142 General Chair Sara Gonzales was elected as the North American Representative to the ITF’s Women’s Committee. Herrnstadt was elected as the North American Representative to the Civil Aviation Section.

“The strength of the IAM’s delegation and the ITF elections are evidence of the Machinists Union’s dominant role as a leader in the global labor movement,” said Pantoja. “We are known and respected worldwide because of the successes we have for our members at home.”

The London-based ITF is a global confederation of approximately 700 unions representing more than 4.5 million transport workers in 150 countries.

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