ITF Taps Klima, Da Costa for Leadership Posts

Two IAM officials have ascended to leadership positions in the 4.5-million member International Transport Workers Federation (ITF).

IAM Airline Coordinator Tim Klima was elected Vice Chair of the Ground Staff Committee of the ITF’s Civil Aviation Section at the federation’s recent conference. IAM Canadian Airline Coordinator Carlos Da Costa was appointed Chairperson of the ITF’s Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Committee.

Klima, a 33-year IAM member, has served on the IAM Transportation staff since 2000.

“Tim will bring a wealth of experience to the world stage at the ITF,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Sito Pantoja. “The IAM continues to bea strong and respected voice in the global labor movement through our many international leadership positions.”

Da Costa was an aircraft technician with Air Canada for 24 years and has served as the Canadian Airline Coordinator for the IAM since 2006.

“The ITF needed someone with a maintenance background and was familiar with the ITF, to head up their Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Committee and Carlos was ideal for the position,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie.

Founded in 1896, the ITF is a global union federation of more than 650 trade unions in 148 countries.