The Airline Division of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters has announced several changes to its organizational structure.
In a message to the membership of the Division; now over 95,000 members, Airline Division Director announced the following:
“Since General President Hoffa asked me to assume the Directorship of the Airline Division, it has been my focus to grow the Division and make it an asset not only to the International, but for our members. In that time, working with an outstanding team both here in Washington and at our Locals, we have seen membership grow three-fold over the past few years.
As I said, this would not have been possible without the support and leadership of General President Hoffa and a fantastic group of trade unionists here who work every day to support our members.
Today, I am pleased to announce three new positions within the Division. These positions; National Coordinators will represent the specific class and craft members.
The National Coordinator for the Flight Attendants and Customer Service employees will be Kimberly Barbaro. Ms. Barbaro, a former flight attendant, has experience working with the ramp, catering, customer service, customer relations and training. She has helped organize the Teamsters at America West and then American Airlines. She held positions as both a Shop Steward and Business Agent. She currently serves as the co-chair of the CWA-IBT Passenger Service Association and is the President of Teamsters Local 104.
Mark Niles will be the National Coordinator for the Pilots. Mr. Niles, a former pilot, serves as a Check Airman for Horizon Air. He oversees FOQA, ASAP, Pro Standards and HIMS at Horizon Air as an Executive Council member, and has helped negotiate pilot contracts at several airline properties. He currently serves as the Vice President of Teamsters APA Local 1224.
Vinny Graziano will be the new National Coordinator for the Mechanics and Related. Mr. Graziano’s aviation career began at Sikorsky Aircraft in 1987, working on the SH3H Search and Destroy refurbish project as an Overhaul Technician. After leaving Sikorsky Aircraft he joined Pan Am as an Aircraft Sheet Metal Technician, re -skinning the 747 at JFK Airport briefly before moving on to Continental Airlines in 1988 as a Aircraft Line Technician.
Mr. Graziano was involved with and helped play a vital role in organizing to certify the Teamsters as the representatives of Technicians and Related for Continental Airlines. After the Teamsters became certified in 1997, he participated in negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement, along with several other CBA’s between Continental Airlines and the IBT. His resolve to become a unionist comes from his family where both parents were long time Teamsters, believing and teaching that a strong union contract brings prosperity and a better quality of life for you and your family.
Serving as a long standing Chief Steward, he then went on to become an Assistant BA in 2007 sitting on various committees such as Scope, Health and Welfare and Grievance among others. Mr. Graziano then went on to become and remains a Business Agent for Local 210 in New York City.
All National Coordinators will report directly to the Division Director. Each of these Coordinators has had extensive experience working with the membership in their respective areas and brings unique talents to their jobs that will be a tremendous asset to you, our members.