Approximately 40 Local Committee Chairmen from railroad locals around the country gathered this week at the William W. Winpisinger Center for the annual Railroad Local Chairmen’s Conference.
The Local Chairmen, all members of District 19, spent the week immersed in topics that included human rights, federal law, grievance writing, arbitration, educational and communication structures and IAM history.
“The IAM’s history is woven into the history of rail transport in the United States,” said International President Tom Buffenbarger, who addressed the group. “The Chairmen at the Winpisinger Center this week are a vital element in our collective effort to preserve and improve the living standards of IAM members working throughout the rail sector.”
“This seminar has given me the tools and the confidence I needed to go forward in my duties as a Railroad Local Chairman,” said Local Chairman Joe May from Local 620 in Los Angeles, CA.
General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr. also addressed the conference and vowed the support of the Office of the General Secretary-Treasurer: “You can rest assured that this organization has your back,” said GST Roach. “We will supply the necessary resources so the IAM remains the preeminent union in the rail sector.”
“This was a very informative week for IAM District 19 Local Chairmen,” said District 19 President and Directing General Chairman Joe Duncan. “The Local Chairmen are the backbone of our organization on the rails and this type of training strengthens the IAM as a whole.”