Two IAM members, Local 2339H member Rosalie Canton of Houston, TX and Local 754 member Andrew Sandberg of Jamaica, New York participated in a “Champion of Change” roundtable at the White House.
Each week, people who have special expertise in selected areas gather at the White House to give their ideas to better America. Canton, a Flight Attendant at Continental Airlines, and Sandberg, a Machinist on the Long Island Railroad, were selected as “Champions of Change” participants for the week dedicated to transportation issues.
The White House forum coincided with National Transportation Week (May 15-21) that was started by President Kennedy to recognize the nation’s transportation systems and the people who move America every day.
Canton and Sandberg were among 20 people from the Transportation industry selected to take part in the roundtable. “It was very humbling to be seated around so many remarkable individuals and hear their vision for a better tomorrow for our country’s youth,” said Canton. “I’m proud to have been a part of this noteworthy group.” Canton stressed the need for more vocational and apprenticeship training and more investment in the nation’s transportation system to create jobs.
“As I listened to the concerns and ideas from other Champions for Change, it became clear that although various transportation modes were represented, we all have similar issues and concerns,” said Sandberg. “Working together, we can make real progress and improvements to our nation’s transportation systems.”
“This event highlights the critical role IAM members play in the transportation sector of North America’s economy,” said IAM Transportation General Vice President Robert Roach, Jr. “Sister Canton and Brother Sandberg did an excellent job representing the concerns and hopes of air and rail workers. Immediate and large investments in our nation’s transportation system are critical to providing jobs in the near term and the foundation of a modern economy for the future.”