Michael Oathout joins IAM Crest as a Project Coordinator/Instructor. Michael previously directed the union-developed, company-supported Operation RedBlock program at Amtrak; providing support to IAM and TCU-IAM members, along with members of several other participating labor organizations. In his role with Operation RedBlock, he led a nationwide peer prevention team focused on workplace safety, along with training members on systems to maintain a drug and alcohol free workplace and assist coworkers and their families with substance abuse disorders. Michael is also active as a volunteer trainer for Operation Lifesaver, building awareness for his peers and community on railroad safety.
Michael has been a member of TCU-IAM Local 584 since 2005 when he started at Amtrak as a Crew Management Representative. Michael has always been very active with assisting his union brothers and sisters struggling with substance abuse disorders and safety concerns. He holds a bachelor’s of science from West Chester University and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in organizational leadership from Wilmington University.