IAM International President Bob Martinez was unanimously elected to the AFL-CIO’s Executive Council at the labor federation’s meetings in San Diego. Martinez, a 36-year IAM member, succeeds former IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger on the council.
“I am honored to be elected to serve on the AFL-CIO Executive Council,” said Martinez after being sworn in. “I am fully aware that I follow in big footsteps: William Winpisinger, George Kourpias and now Tom Buffenbarger. Each of them was a champion representing our members at this table.”
Three top officers and 55 vice presidents make up the AFL-CIO Executive Council, which guides the daily work of the federation.