IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger announced the appointment of District 9 Directing Business Representative (DBR) Tony Rippeto to serve on the IAM Law Committee. Rippeto will fill the position previously held by retired Law Committee member Ellen Arbogast.
“Ellen Arbogast is retiring after an extraordinary union career that’s spanned nearly four decades,” said Buffenbarger. “We thank her for her many years of service and wish her a happy, healthy and long retirement.
“Tony Rippeto brings to the IAM Law Committee nearly 34 years of experience, a proven commitment to the welfare of this union and a strong dedication to helping working families,” continued Buffenbarger. “We are proud to announce his appointment and we look forward to working with him.”
After a stint as a heavy equipment mechanic with the U.S. Air Force and college, Rippeto first initiated into IAM Local 777, St.Louis, MO, in 1980 when he helped organize the truck shop where he worked as a mechanic. In 1982, he became a shop steward and officer. As an officer, he’s held the positions of sentinel, conductor, vice-president and president of Local 777.
Rippeto joined the staff of District 9 on May 1, 1990 as an Organizer and was elected as a Business Representative on January 1, 2001. On January 1, 2004, he was elected to the position of Assistant DBR and appointed as Trustee to the District 9 Welfare and Pension Trust. On April 1, 2009, Rippeto became the DBR of District 9 and also became the Managing Trustee of the District 9 Welfare and Pension Trust.
Rippeto is a current delegate to the District 9 Board, St. Louis Labor Council, St. Louis Labor Council Executive Board, Missouri State Council of Machinists, Midwest States Council of Machinists,Missouri AFL-CIO Executive Board, United Way Executive Board and Guide Dogs of America Executive Board.
He was elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer of the Missouri State Council of Machinists in 2002 and currently holds the office of fourth Vice President. Rippeto was elected to the office of Secretary-Treasurer of the Midwest States Conference of Machinists in 2003 and in 2010 was elected President of the Midwest States Conference of Machinists.