The IAM is living its values by taking action from the ground up. Members of Victory Lodge 1725 in Charlotte, North Carolina recently elected Helena Thornton as its first woman president.
Thornton was sworn in by IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes on January 13. Renae Miller was elected Recording Secretary, succeeding Thornton, and Tami Travis was elected Trustee, bringing the number of women on the Executive Board to three.
The Transportation Department’s station visit program is still going strong. Cervantes, Chief of Staff Richie Johnsen, Transportation Coordinator Edison Fraser, and Airline Coordinator Tom Regan traveled to Charlotte Douglas International Airport to introduce themselves to ramp workers there. The visit was part of an ongoing tour of Transportation Department airline and railroad sites where IAM members have a chance to put names to faces and ask questions of union leadership.