I have been a mechanic at Continental Airlines since 1986. I have spent my entire career—23 years—at IAH . In that time, I have worked on every version of the 737, from gear changes to engine changes, DC – 9 / MD 80, 727s, 747s, 757s, 767s and the last few years I have worked on the 777 phase A ck line and A300s which we operated for a few years. Most of those years have been spent on graveyard shift working either out of service or PSV crew with a couple of those years being spent on the Tech Support crew where we worked aircraft with “chronic” problems. In addition, from 1986 to 1990, I was part of the IAH engine change crew where, along with our normal line maintenance duties, we performed most of the scheduled and unscheduled engine changes in our region.
Mechanics and related at Continental Airlines became Teamsters in 1997. I became a shop steward in 2000 and chief steward from 2004 through 2007. During the period from 2000 through 2005, I also chaired the IAH Maintenance Safety Committee. During the US Airways/America West merger in 2005, I was asked by my local union to assist the Teamsters Organizing Department on a campaign to help our brothers and sisters at American West remain Teamsters. Since then I have worked with the Organizing Department on the United Airlines and FedEx mechanics campaigns. In September of 2007, I was elected to and currently chair the TAMC.