International President Robert Martinez Jr. has announced the appointment of Tom Regan to the position of IAM Transportation Department Airline Coordinator. Regan was currently serving as a Grand Lodge Representative assigned to the Transportation Department.
In addition to the Airline Coordinator appointment, Martinez has appointed William Cashion Jr. and Jorge Bonilla as Special Representatives to the Transportation Department.
“All three of these Brothers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them making them valuable assets for the Transportation Department and great fit for their positions,” said Martinez. “IAM members working the air transport sector are in good hands.”
“Brothers Regan, Cashion and Bonilla have been negotiating contracts with carriers and servicing Machinists Union members for decades,” said Richie Johnsen, Chief of Staff to the International President. “Their expertise in this area will help ensure our union continues to negotiate the best contracts in the industry for our members.”
Regan initiated into Local 1445 in 1984 with Allied Aviation where he served as a Shop Steward and Trustee. In July 1987, he was hired at US Airways in Newark, NJ where he served as a Grievance Committee person and Grievance Committee Chairman and was involved in the Piedmont merger on the contract screening committee.
In 1993, he transferred to Orlando where he served as a Grievance Committee Person and became the Local 2508 Secretary Treasurer. In 1997, he became Vice President at Large with District 141 servicing the Fixed Base Operators negotiating many Collective Bargaining Agreements.
In October 2000, he was elected District 141-M Assistant General Chairman assigned to the US Airways property and was responsible for the administration of that Collective Bargaining Agreement, which included negotiations and restructuring during the 2003 and 2004 bankruptcy filings.
Regan was assigned to District 142 in 2004 as a Special Representative as a result of the disbandment of District 141-M and in July 2005, was elevated to Grand Lodge Representative assigned to the Transportation Department and was assigned to many negotiations. Regan also served as the Transportation liaison to the IAM National Pension and Benefit Fund.
Cashion has served as a Grand Lodge Auditor since January 2014. He has been a member of the IAM since 1986. He was President of IAM Local 1725 in Charlotte, NC from 1993 to 2000, and served as Local 1725 Secretary-Treasurer from 2001 until 2014. Cashion has spent time as the President of the North Carolina State Council of Machinists, Vice President of the NC AFL-CIO, President of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council, and as an Educator and member of the Organizing and Legislative Committees of his local.
Bonilla has served as an Education Representative at the William W. Winpisinger Center since August 2017. He was elected Assistant General Chairperson at District 141 in 2014. As an Assistant General Chairperson, Bonilla was responsible for handling grievance reviews and arbitrations for Ramp Service and Customer Service employees at several different United Airline negotiations. He also served on the negotiating team that negotiated the amalgamated agreement at the new United Airlines.
Prior to that he was elected as Grievance Committee Chairperson of the newly formed Local 811. Bonilla’s union activism began at Continental Airlines in 1998 when he joined the IAM in-house team working to organize the carrier.
Bonilla also serves on the Washington, DC board of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and has been an Education Representative for the IAM National Pension Plan.