TCU Convention Winds Down

TCU Convention Winds Down
June 24, 2004 – The delegates to the 32nd Regular TCU Convention are winding up the business of the convention. Wednesday was a full day as the delegates elected International Officers for the next five years, heard speeches from Congressman Neil Abercrombie, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson, and Senator John Kerry.

The highlight of the day was the re-election of International President Bob Scardelletti. President Scardelletti was elected by acclamation for another 5 year term. In addition, Howard Randolph, Jr., was re-elected, also by acclamation, as our International Secretary-Treasurer. Dick Arndt, Danny Biggs, Joe Condo, Bob Davis, Joel Parker and Jim Quilty were re-elected as International Vice Presidents. Carmen Division President Rich Johnson is also an International Vice President. Re-elected as members of the TCU Board of Trustees were John Lydon, Russ Oathout, George Rowe, Ted Stafford, David Steele and Steve Watson. J. V. Waller, Chairman of the Carmen Executive Board is also a member of TCU’s Board of Trustees.

Wednesday afternoon the delegates moved to reports of the various convention committees. The Constitution and Laws Committee Chairman Ted Stafford reported on resolutions seeking changes in the union’s constitution. Chairman John Lydon reported on actions taken by the Petitions and Resolutions Committee. Ray Grygiel, Chairman of the Legislation Committee reported on actions of his committee concerning several issues of interest on the legislative front.

Senator John Kerry concluded the day with a spirited address to the delegates and guests via telephone conference. The delegates were very receptive to Kerry’s message. Senator Kerry expressed his commitment to full funding for Amtrak, support for the continuation of Amtrak in its present form, retaining 13(c) labor protections and support for railroad retirement. He also stated his vision for improving America for all working men and women.

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