The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its official determination on the election of Grand Lodge Officers of the IAM.
According to the DOL, IAM members held nominations and endorsements concluding in February 2018 and properly elected Robert Martinez Jr. as International President, Dora Cervantes as General Secretary-Treasurer and the following seven U.S. General Vice Presidents: Philip J. Gruber, Gary R. Allen, Sito Pantoja, Mark A. Blondin, James Conigliaro Sr., Rickey Wallace and Brian Bryant. They join Canadian General Vice President Stan Pickthall, who was elected in 2017.
“The voice of the membership has been vindicated,” said International President Martinez. “Our members can be proud that they have once again spoken with one voice in favor of unity and strong leadership. Across North America, our members see that our union is growing in numbers and gaining strength at the bargaining table. That momentum will only continue under this leadership team.
“Myself and the entire Executive Council are extremely grateful to the members and their Local Lodges for their support. It is the honor of our lives to continue to serve our members, their families and their communities. Let’s get to work.”
More than 770 IAM Local Lodges, over 97 percent of all lodges, endorsed the incumbent slate in February.