April 25, 2006 – IAM President Tom Buffenbarger has announced two key personnel changes. IAM Associate Legal Counsel Mary McHugh will join the staff of the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center and Grand Lodge Representative Bruce Olsson will be the new Assistant Legislative Director of the IAM’s Legislative and Political Action Department.
“Mary McHugh and Bruce Olsson (at left) are dedicated trade unionists who have done an outstanding job,” said Buffenbarger. “In their new roles, they will have the opportunity to continue their fine work and make the IAM an even better organization.”
A native of Minnesota, McHugh graduated with honors from both Princeton University and Michigan Law School. She served more than four years on Capitol Hill as the Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative Jim Oberstar of Minnesota. McHugh joined the IAM Legal Department as Associate General Counsel in 1995.
Olsson is a 26-year member of Local Lodge 1746 in East Hartford, Connecticut where he worked as a layout inspector for Pratt and Whitney. He has a long history of political activism, serving on both his Local and District Lodge Legislative Committees and as the Political Director for the Connecticut State Council of Machinists.
Olsson has worked in the IAM’s High Performance Work Organization (HPWO) Department since it was first established in 1997.
Olsson’s appointment is effective June 1, 2006. McHugh will join the staff at the Winpisinger Center on July 1, 2006 and will assume the Assistant Director post on January 1, 2007.
In other changes, Margo Howe, a 26-year IAM employee who worked as a Research Analyst in Strategic Resources has retired. Howe will be replaced by Teresa Canning (at left) who will work as a research analyst and take over surveys and aerospace contract issues. Canning begins in the new position on May 1, 2006.