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Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA)

AFA-CWA represents nearly 60,000 flight attendants at 19 airlines, serving as a voice for flight attendants at their workplace, in the industry, in the media and on Capitol Hill. Simply put, the goal of flight attendants who become part of AFA-CWA is to negotiate better pay, benefits, working conditions and work rules at their airline, and to improve their safety on the job.

Executive Committee Member Sara Nelson, AFA-CWA International President


American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)

AFGE represents 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers nationwide and overseas, including more than 45,000 airport Transportation Safety Officers (TSOs). AFGE works to ensure that TSOs have fair pay, benefits, and workplace rights so that they can protect the flying public.

Executive Committee Member Everett Kelley, National President


American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

With more than 1.6 million working and retired members, AFSCME represents a broad coalition of public services employees, including those in transportation. AFSCME members design, build, maintain, and operate America’s streets, highways, airports, public transport, parking facilities, and ports; direct traffic; keep buses and transit trains moving; plow roads; and inspect bridges, highways, and tunnels.

Executive Committee Member Lee Saunders, AFSCME President


American Federation of Teachers (AFT)

Within its 1.6 million-strong membership, AFT represents transportation workers who help keep U.S. schools and roads safe. AFT members drive school buses, college campus shuttle buses, and delivery trucks; they keep school buses and other school and college vehicles running safely; they work in state transportation departments; and they drive plows and emergency vehicles.

Executive Committee Member Fedrick Ingram, AFT Secretary Treasurer


Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)

ALPA represents and advocates for more than 61,000 pilots at 33 U.S. and Canadian airlines, making it the world’s largest airline pilot union. Through unbiased, fact-based evaluation of airline safety and security issues, ALPA works to ensure that the airline industry remains safe. ALPA represents pilots’ views to decision-makers, including Congress and federal agencies, and ALPA pilot groups have negotiated hundreds of contracts with airlines.

Executive Committee Member Captain Jason Ambrosi, ALPA President


American Train Dispatchers Association (ATDA)

ATDA represents train operators, train dispatchers, rail traffic controllers, and workers who supply the electric power for railroad signaling and propulsion. ATDA also represents block operators, train and engine service employees, yardmasters and maintenance of way employees. ATDA works on behalf of its members to negotiate with railroads, engage in legislative and regulatory activity, and provide discipline and grievance handling.

Executive Committee Member Ed Dowell, ATDA President


Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)

With more than 190,000 members, ATU is the largest labor union representing transit and allied workers in the U.S. and Canada. From bus drivers to light rail operators to maintenance and clerical personnel and other transit and municipal employees, the ATU works to promote transit issues and fights for the interests of its hard-working members at all levels of government.

Executive Committee Member John A. Costa, ATU International President


Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen-IBT (BLET)

The BLET represents more than 57,000 active and retired members, including Locomotive Engineers, Conductors, Brakemen, Firemen, Switchmen, Hostlers and other Train Service Employees on U.S. railroads.

BLET is North America's oldest rail labor union. The BLET marked its 150th anniversary in 2013 and was founded in Detroit, MI on May 8, 1863, as the Brotherhood of the Footboard; a year later, its name was changed to The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. The BLE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and became the BLET on January 1, 2004.

Executive Committee Member Edward A. Hall, BLET National President


Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes Division-IBT (BMWED)

The BMWED represents nearly 26,000 workers who build and maintain the tracks, bridges, buildings and other structures on railroads across the nation.

BMWED was founded as a fraternal organization in Demopolis, AL in 1887 by Track Foreman John T. Wilson. The BMWED was once an International union with more than 350,000 members in the United States and Canada. The BMWE merged with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in 2005.

Executive Committee Member Tony Cardwell, National Division President


Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)

Established in 1901, the BRS is a transportation labor union representing more than 10,000 signal employees on the freight, passenger, and commuter railroads across the United States and Canada. Members of the BRS install, repair, and maintain the signal systems utilized by railroads to direct train movements and the warning systems used at railroad-highway crossings.

Executive Committee Member Michael S. Baldwin, BRS President


Communications Workers of America (CWA)

CWA represents 700,000 workers, including airline customer service agents, flight attendants and state transportation department workers. CWA and allies are working to build a movement of 50 million activists across unions, environmental, civil rights and other groups, to break through barriers to democracy that block progress on secure jobs, bargaining and organizing rights, health care and retirement security.

Claude Cummings Jr., CWA President


International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and Ottawa, Ontario, the IAFF represents more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics throughout the United States and Canada, including those who respond to air, train and truck accidents and hazardous materials incidents. The IAFF is the driving force behind nearly every advance in fire and emergency safety and health in the 21st Century.

Executive Committee Member Edward Kelly, IAFF General President


The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, AFL-CIO (IW)

The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union, AFL-CIO (IW), is a proud trade association whose beginnings go back to the 1890s. The IW represents 120,000 members in North America. Members of our union have worked on nearly every major construction project you can think of - the Golden Gate Bridge, the Sears Tower, the St. Louis Arch, the Oil Sands Plant Expansion in Alberta, the World Trade Center and Freedom Tower. We represent ironworkers who work on bridges, structural steel, ornamental, architectural, and miscellaneous metals, rebar and in shops. Across North America, we build.

And we build safely and skillfully, getting the job done right and on time.

Executive Committee Member Eric Dean, General President


International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)

The IAM is a diverse union that represents more than 700,000 active and retired members in many different industries. The history of the IAM is intertwined with the history of commercial transportation in the United States. Founded in 1888 by 19 railroad workers in Atlanta, Georgia, the IAM has grown to be the largest airline, aerospace and railroad union in the world.

Executive Committee Member Richard Johnsen, Chief of Staff to the International President


International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (IBB)

IBB represents workers in shipbuilding, manufacturing, freight and passenger rail, mining, and other related industries throughout the United States and Canada. IBB was organized in 1880, making it one of the oldest unions in the United States. IBB is politically active on behalf of its membership, has established national funds for pensions, health, and welfare, and runs a strong apprentice program for its members.

Executive Committee Member John Mansker, IBB Director-Railroad Division


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

The IBEW represents 750,000 active members and retirees working in utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads, and government in the United States and Canada. IBEW’s railroad members inspect, test, repair and maintain locomotives, passenger cars, communication systems, signal systems and facilities for Amtrak, freight, and commuter railroads in the U.S. and Canada.

Executive Committee Member Al Russo, Jr., IBEW Director of the Railroad Division


International Longshoremen's Association (ILA)

Organized in 1892, ILA represents longshore workers along the East Coast of the United States and Canada, the Gulf Coast, the Great Lakes, Puerto Rico, and inland waterways. ILA members load and unload vessels throughout American ports and ensure that the American shipping industry runs smoothly.

Executive Committee Member Harold Daggett, ILA President


International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

IUOE represents workers ranging from heavy equipment operators and mechanics in the construction industry to stationary engineers in the private and public sectors. Its members operate the machinery needed to build, maintain, and service American and Canadian roads, bridges, tunnels, and transit systems. IUOE advocates for its members and families through the collective bargaining process and legislative action, and provides expert training and certification programs.

Executive Committee Member James Callahan, IUOE General President


International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)

IUPAT represents more than 160,000 active and retired workers in the United States and Canada. IUPAT’s members work in the Finishing Trades as industrial and commercial painters and perform essential work in the transportation sector by painting bridges, parking, traffic and air strip lines, trucks, automobile and railroad cars, ships, and aircraft.

Executive Committee Memeber James Williams, Jr., General President


Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)

LIUNA’s half-million members power the North American construction industry and are united through collective bargaining agreements that ensure family-supporting pay, good benefits and the opportunity for advancement and better lives. LIUNA members build roads and bridges to keep us safe and strong and energy systems to power our future.

Executive Committee Member Brent Booker, LIUNA General President


Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association (MEBA)

The oldest maritime trade union in the United States, MEBA represents licensed mariners aboard container ships, tankers, cruise ships, tugboats, and ferries. MEBA members also sail on government-contracted ships, LNG vessels and work in various capacities in the shoreside industries. MEBA drives and supports collective bargaining agreements and provides state-of-the-art technical training for members.

Executive Committee Member Adam Vokac, MEBA President


International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P)

MM&P represents professional mariners who sail on U.S.-flag ships. The membership includes licensed deck officers, marine engineers, unlicensed mariners, state pilots, Civil Service mariners and shore-side clerical and service workers. The union is a dynamic advocate for its 6,500 members and a voice in Washington, D.C., for the domestic maritime industry and America’s Merchant Marine.

Executive Committee Member Donald Marcus, MM&P President


National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

NALC is the union of city delivery letter carriers working for the United States Postal Service. NALC represents nearly 300,000 members, some two-thirds of which are active city delivery letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service. It represents its members in collective bargaining with USPS and advocates for their interests in Congress and other political, legislative and regulatory bodies.

Executive Committee Member Brian Renfroe, NALC National President


National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)

NATCA represents more than 20,000 air traffic controllers, engineers, and other safety-related professionals. It is the exclusive bargaining representative for air traffic controllers employed by the Federal Aviation Administration, and represents other workers related to air traffic control, as well as within the FAA itself. NATCA members are devoted to ensuring the safety of every flight.

Executive Committee Member Rich Santa, NATCA President


National Conference of Firemen and Oilers, SEIU (NCFO, SEIU)

NCFO, SEIU represents workers who maintain and repair freight and passenger rail cars and those who drive school buses. The union also counts members in building services, food processing, distilleries, manufacturing, federal parks, and public services.

Executive Committee Member Michael Pistone, NCF&O, SEIU Conference President


National Federation of Public and Private Employees (NFOPAPE)

Executive Committee Member Dan Reynolds, NFOPAPE National President


Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)

OPEIU represents more than 108,000 employees and independent contractors in credit unions, hospitals and medical clinics, higher education, transportation, shipping, utilities, hotels, and administrative offices. Also, OPEIU represents emergency response helicopter pilots, as well as those helicopter pilots who support oil rigs throughout the Gulf of Mexico, ensuring that they have access to fair wages, benefits, and safe workplaces.

Executive Committee Member Richard Lanigan, OPEIU President


Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS)

Since 1977, PASS has represented more than 11,000 employees of the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense. PASS members install, maintain, support, and certify air traffic control and national defense equipment; inspect and oversee the commercial and general aviation industries; develop flight procedures; and perform quality analysis of aviation systems used in air traffic control and national defense in the United States and abroad.

Executive Committee Member David Spero, PASS National President


Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)

SMART is one of North America’s most diverse and dynamic unions, with 216,000 members, including sheet metal workers, service technicians, bus operators, engineers, conductors, sign workers, welders, production employees, and more. It advocates for fairness in the workplace and opportunity for all working families.

Executive Committee Member Michael Coleman, General President

SMART-Transportation Division

SMART-Transportation Division

The Transportation Division of the Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers represents rail, bus, mass transit, and aviation workers, including employees on Class I, regional, and shortline rails; bus and mass transit employees; and airline pilots, dispatchers, and other airport personnel. It sets the pace in national and state legislative activity, collective bargaining, and in efforts to improve safety and working conditions.

Executive Committee Member Jeremy R. Ferguson, SMART-Transportation Division President


Sailors' Union of the Pacific (SUP)

The SUP has been in continuous operation since 1885, representing unlicensed mariners who work in the deck, engine and stewards departments in U.S-flag vessels. The union is active in the political and legislative fields to promote the U.S. Merchant Marine and its value to the nation in times of peace, war and national emergency.

Executive Committee Member Dave Connolly, President


Transportation Communications Union (TCU)

TCU represents approximately 46,000 members in the U.S., most of whom are employed in the railroad industry. An affiliate of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, TCU represents clerks, auto technicians, computer programmers, skycaps and redcaps, on-board service workers, secretaries, supervisors, government workers, truck drivers, accountants, yardmasters, inter-modal workers, police officers, reservations agents, transit workers, and others.

Executive Committee Member Arthur Maratea, TCU National President


Transport Workers Union of America (TWU)

TWU’s membership of 160,000 workers makes airplanes fly, subways run, buses drive, and casinos shine. TWU has four divisions: Transit, Utility, Universities, and Service; Airline; Railroad; and Gaming. The union represents its members at the bargaining table and with legislators in Washington, D.C., working to ensure that the members of TWU have their voices heard on critical issues.

Executive Committee Member John Samuelsen, TWU International President


International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America

The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) is one of the largest and most diverse unions in North America, with members in virtually every sector of the economy. UAW-represented workplaces range from multinational corporations, small manufacturers and state and local governments to colleges and universities, hospitals and private non-profit organizations. The UAW has more than 400,000 active members and more than 580,000 retired members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Executive Committee Member Shawn Fain, UAW President


United Mine Workers of America (UMWA)

The UMWA represents coal miners, clean coal technicians, health care workers, truck drivers, manufacturing workers, and public employees. Through freight rail – for which coal represents 40% of total freight – mine workers have maintained strong ties to the transportation industry. The UMWA provides workers with a voice on the job for safe workplaces, good wages and benefits, and fair representation in workplaces.

Executive Committee Member Brian Sanson, UMWA Secretary-Treasurer



UNITE HERE represents workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hotel, gaming, food service, airport, textile, manufacturing, distribution, laundry, and transportation industries. UNITE HERE members include 33,000 employees in the airport concessions and airline catering industries, and members in the Amtrak Service Works Council. With a diverse membership, UNITE HERE seeks to enable people of all backgrounds to achieve greater equality and opportunity.

Executive Committee Member Gwen Mills, UNITE HERE International President


United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (USW)

With 1.2 million members and retirees, USW is North America’s largest industrial union. Its members work for travel agencies and trucking and warehouse firms, and drive buses, taxis, trucks, and water transports. USW negotiates collective bargaining agreements in order to raise wages, deliver benefits to workers, secure equal treatment on the job, and ensure that workers can resolve differences with management.

Executive Committee Member David McCall, USW International President