Robert “Bobby” Martinez

bobby_martinez_124Bobby Martinez started with the labor movement upon hiring at Hughes Aircraft, which later became Raytheon, in 1985 as part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local Lodge 933. An Electronic Technician by trade Bobby became involved as a shop stewards and Central Labor Council delegate in 1987. In 1989 he was elected Chief Steward for local Lodge 933. In 1993 he was elected to his first Bargaining Committee and has served in every Hughes/Raytheon negotiations since then. In 1996 he was elected as Negotiating Committee Chairperson for Local Lodge 933. In 1998 he was elected President of Local Lodge 933 a position he held until 2001. In 1999 he was elected to Directing Business Representative of local 933 a position he has held until his appointment to the Western Territory Staff. As a Directing Business Representative he has led his local to organize over 10 different other companies in the Southern Arizona Area. Bobby has held the positions of Vice President, Auditor, and Lay member of the Executive Board.

In 2003 he was appointed to the Blue Ribbon commission by International President Thomas Buffenbarger and has been a Delegate to the 33rd and the 36th Grand Lodge Conventions as well as the 2005 AFL-CIO Convention.

In 1987 he was elected to the State Council of Machinists were has served as trustee and auditor until 2006. In 1989 he was elected as Director of MNPL for the State Council of Machinists and led the effort to create the very first PAC committee for the Council.

He has served on the Executive Board for the State of Arizona AFL-CIO and was Finance and Budget Committee Chairperson for the innovative restructuring for the State AFL-CIO. He served as the Chairperson of the newly formed Pima Area Labor Federation until 2006.

In 2000 was “Citizen Activist of the Year” by the Arizona Citizen Action, in 2003 his Local Lodge received a General Excellence award by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Western Territory General Vice President Lee Pearson, in 2004 as the Directing Business Representative he was awarded “Organizer of the year,” in 2005 he received the award for Political Excellence and in 2006 received the “Coraźon de Justicia” award for human rights work in Southern Arizona.

His community activities involve The Cesar Chavez Holiday Coalition, Regional Transportation Committee, and The Board of Directors for the United Way of Southern Arizona.

He has training in Process improvements, lean manufacturing, Leadership Psychology, Multi-Cultural Leadership Development, Labor Law and Arbitration, Workplace ergonomics, and lay ministry. He has attended numerous classes at WWW Technology Center, AFL-CIO Leadership Institute, attended and graduated from Tech school in Industrial and Communication Electronics, and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the National Labor College.

Bobby enjoys spending time and attending church with his family and his grandchildren, reading and playing outdoor sports. Bobby has been married for over 25 years to his beautiful wife Lori and they have three children Adam, Ashley, and Robbie, and two granddaughters Savannah and Jami.