Changes to the TCU Executive Council

Effective November 30th 2016, National Secretary-Treasurer Russell Oathout will retire and National Vice President Stanley Boyd was elected by the Executive Council to assume those duties beginning December 1st 2016.

National Vice President and Special Assistant to the President Joel Parker will retire on December 31st 2016. National Vice President Arthur Maratea was assigned to the TCU Headquarters to oversee the Industry Relations department including arbitrations and negotiations.


Russell C. Oathout, was elected as National Secretary-Treasurer January 1, 2010, Oathout was re-elected to that position by acclamation at the 2014 TCU/IAM Convention.

Russ started his rail career with the Penn Central (later Conrail) in Albany, New York, in 1974 and held various lodge offices beginning in 1981 and in 1983 was elected Local Chairman of Lodge 861 and held that office for 20 years until 2003.  At, what was then, System Board 86 he served from 1993-1997 as Vice General Chairman, and was elected General Secretary-Treasurer/VGC.  In 2003 he was elected General Chairman and became National Representative of Unit 86 in 2007 and assumed office as TCU Vice-President on January 1, 2008. He was re-elected by acclamation to that office at the 2009 TCU National Convention.

??From April 2004 until January 2008 he also served on TCU’s Board of Trustees.

Upon his retirement Russ will have served the members of TCU for more than 35 years.


Stanley L Boyd was elected by the TCU Executive Council to fill the National Secretary-Treasurer position effective December 1st, 2016. He now assumes the duties as the top financial officer of TCU.

Stan was elected TCU/IAM National Vice President, by the TCU Executive Council, February 1, 2014. He was re-elected to that position at the TCU/IAM 2014 Convention.

Brother Boyd began his railroad career as a yard clerk for Southern Railway at Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1979. He held various offices in Lookout Lodge No. 24 until becoming Local Chairman in 1995.??In August 1999 he was appointed as Assistant to the General Chairman of System Board No. 96 and was elected as the General Secretary-Treasurer of SB 96 in April 2006. He served in that position until appointed as National Representative of Unit 96 in August of the same year.

JoelJoel M. Parker was first elected as National Vice President at the 1991 Convention and was re-elected by acclamation at the 1995, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 Conventions. At the 2004 Convention, Joel also received the post of Special Assistant to the President. He began his rail career in 1973 with Amtrak in Oakland, California and was elected Local Chairman in 1976 and General Chairman of the Amtrak System Division in 1987.

Since 1991, Joel has headed the Industry Relations Department. He has been a negotiator in six rounds of bargaining with the national freight railroads, several rounds with Amtrak, and many other commuter, transit and freight carriers.  He was chosen by other rail unions to serve as a lead negotiator for bargaining coalitions on Amtrak, Metro-North, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit.  He has testified before several Presidential Emergency Boards. He was elected in 2002 to serve as the first-ever Chairman of the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust (NRRIT) by unanimous vote of the railroad and union trustees and was reelected to two subsequent terms as Chairman. He continues to serve as a Trustee of NRRIT. Since 2009, he has served as the rail union member of the National Mediation Board’s Dunlop II Commission.


Arthur P. Maratea has now been assigned to the TCU Headquarters to oversee the Industry Relations department including arbitrations and negotiations. He was elected by the TCU Executive Council to be National Vice President effective Jan 1, 2011. He was re-elected to that position at the 2014 TCU/IAM Convention.

Brother Maratea was elected as General Chairman of Unit 167 in November of 2003. Prior to this, he held the position of General Secretary & Treasurer between the years 2002 and 2003. He began his career as a Carman at the Long Island Railroad in 1988 and was promoted to a Telegraphers Position in 1989.  He then joined Local 1444 and was elected President of this Local in 1991.  In 1994, he was elected as Local Chairman and remained in that position until 2002.

“Everyone at TCU wishes the best for Russ and Joel as they begin the next chapter of their lives. They have been invaluable to myself and every TCU member has benefited from their dedication and years of service,” said TCU President Bob Scardelletti. “Stan and Artie begin their new positions and I know they will both do well.”

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