• Diane Babineaux and Dora Cervantes have been elected to serve as general vice presidents on the IAM executive council, marking the first time in the union’s history that women have been elected to the positions. Babineaux is also the first African American woman to serve as general vice president. Cervantes, the first Hispanic woman to serve in the position, will work with the general secretary-treasurer to administer the IAM’s financial operations. Members also elected Robert Roach Jr. to his first fill term as general secretary-treasurer.
  • CWA delegates voted to roll the union’s Defense Fund into its Strategic Industry Fund (“SIF”) in order to strengthen the union’s ability to offensively address economic justice issues and coordinate organizing, bargaining, and other campaigns. The vote created two new “silos” for public workers who do not have the right to strike and for members of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. Delegates also voted to use half of the annual investment earnings from the member relief fund to create a Growth Fund within SIF, which will support the union’s movement building, organizing, leadership development, research, industry analysis, and fight for economic justice. Delegates also approved a resolution calling for continued work on building a broad movement that will take on issues that affect democracy in the workplace. Other issues addressed at the convention included the announcement that the Brazilian bank workers’ union had allocated $300,000 to help CWA organize U.S. bank employees, and the approval of a constitutional amendment creating bargaining councils in the telecommunications industry with authority to designate “national issues” that cross bargaining unit lines at the same company.