Mr. James V. Hart
James (Jimmy) V. Hart was elected President of the Metal Trades Department (MTD), AFL-CIO, by the MTD Executive Council to fill the unexpired term of the retiring President effective July 1, 2016.
Throughout brother Hart’s career as a trade unionist, he has served in a number of leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. Hart began his career in New York City as a member of Plumbers Local Union #1, UA. He was initiated into the union on March 1, 1976, where he rose through the ranks of membership as an apprentice, journeyman, instructor, foreman and local union officer. During his tenure in New York City, Brother Hart represented civil service employees and led government employee collective bargaining negotiations that yielded or protected some of America’s highest wages and most progressive workplace conditions enjoyed by municipal government employees.
In 1999, Brother Hart was appointed as a Special Representative and assigned to the state of New York and later Florida where he was in the forefront of building teams that were responsible for rebuilding and restoring the union’s pipe trades and state associations and councils to organizing and political prominence. He was subsequently elected international representative and served as director of the Metal Trades Maritime and Government Employees Department.
Hart served as UA key representative to the Metal Trades Department and as a Council trustee. During that time, Brother Hart worked with the Councils that comprise the Department in both an administrative capacity and as a liaison between the UA and the Department. This dual role allowed him to work with local unions and various MTD Councils to address financial, membership, record keeping and organizing practices, while instituting changes to help improve council management. His efforts improved branding, communication, political and membership outreach methods and ultimately provided new perspectives towards what works when building consensus among affiliated International and National Unions, the Department and its Councils.
Jimmy Hart was born and raised in Brooklyn, is a family man who loves the New York Mets and Jets and like all good Union Plumbers from Brooklyn hopes to pass on to his final reward while residing in Florida (God Willing). #JustSayn
Mr. Newton Jones
First Vice President
Newton B. Jones has served as the Boilermakers International president since July 24, 2003, when the International Executive Council elected him to complete the unexpired term of International President Charles W. Jones, who resigned after 20 years in office. In July 2006, delegates to the Boilermakers 31st Consolidated Convention in Las Vegas unanimously re-elected Newton to a five-year term.
Newton has served the Boilermakers union in various capacities over the past 33 years ― as a construction boilermaker; organizer; director of organizing and communications; managing editor of the Boilermaker Reporter and Boilermaker Organizer newspapers; and as the International vice president of the Boilermakers’ southeast area.
Newton began his career as a field construction boilermaker in 1971, working in the jurisdiction of Local 454, Chattanooga, Tenn., on a Georgia Power project. In 1972, he joined Local 203 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and worked on a refinery job. He later transferred his membership to Local 199 in Jacksonville, Florida, and worked mainly as a high rigger and as a certified pressure welder.
In 1981, Newton joined the International staff as an organizer; he was appointed director of organizing and communications in 1986. He was the principal architect of the Boilermakers’ Fight Back construction organizing strategy, an innovative and effective approach to organizing in the construction industry. As managing editor of the Boilermaker Reporter, he computerized the Boilermakers publications department, and oversaw the modernization of all computer operations at Boilermaker headquarters. As International vice president for the southeast area (1994-2003), Newton negotiated one of the largest increases to the wage and benefits package the area has enjoyed.
While working as a Boilermaker, Newton also attended the University of South Florida and Florida State University. He graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program in 1985.
Mr. Terry O’Sullivan
Second Vice President
Terry O’Sullivan became the tenth General President of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) on January 1, 2000, and is dedicated to growing his union’s membership and market share. O’Sullivan’s mantra is “organize or die.” Under his leadership, the union also has significantly expanded its efforts in, and commitment to, member activism, capital strategies, grassroots politics, labor-management cooperation, journeyworker upgrade training, apprenticeship, and leadership education. Recognizing that labor and management share many of the same concerns and interests, he has built alliances with a wide range of owners, contractors, and business groups.
In 2011, O’Sullivan led delegates at the union’s 24th International Convention to pass a resolution that significantly increased LIUNA members’ investment in political action. The resolution has raised more than $15 million per election cycle to ensure that elected officials hear the voices of LIUNA members in the halls of Congress, and “Feel the Power” of LIUNA at the ballot box. The union’s PAC has raised its profile, and is now one of the top PACs in the country, working to help elect politicians who support issues of importance to the proud men and women of LIUNA.
In 2006, O’Sullivan led delegates at the 23rd International Convention to pass one of the most important resolutions in the union’s history, devoting to LIUNA’s organizing efforts 25 cents for every hour worked by a Laborer. This has enabled the union to invest more than $80 million per year in its organizing efforts – more than almost any other union in North America.
A fiery orator who is never afraid to speak his mind, Terry O’Sullivan can rally and inspire a crowd of Laborers one moment, then meet with top corporate leaders the next. He is equally at home on a construction site as he is in a board room.
Terry O’Sullivan and LIUNA have taken leading roles in pushing for comprehensive immigration reform, long-term highway funding, repeal of the ACA’s so-called “Cadillac Tax,” pension reform, fair postal reform, and many other issues of importance to LIUNA members and their families. O’Sullivan is an outspoken and unapologetic advocate for a diverse, realistic, all-of-the-above energy policy that meets North America’s energy needs safely and responsibly. He is a staunch and ardent supporter of the critically important, but long-delayed, Keystone XL Pipeline.
Terry O’Sullivan currently serves as the Labor Co-Chairman of the Laborers’ Training and Education Fund, LIUNA’s national training arm. General President O’Sullivan also holds the following labor and industry leadership positions:
• Member of the Governing Board of Presidents of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), AFL-CIO
• Member of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the AFL-CIO
• Board Member and former Chairman, CEO, and President of the Union Labor Life Insurance Company (ULLICO)
• Labor Chairman of American Income Life (AIL)
• Chairman of the National Heavy and Highway Coalition
• Board Member of the National Infrastructure Alliance (NIA)
• Member of the Management Committee of Americans for Transportation Mobility (ATM)
A long-time, vocal supporter of Sinn Féin and its work to secure a peaceful, just, and united Ireland, Terry O’Sullivan serves as President of New York Friends of Ireland and Chairman of DC Friends of Ireland.
Prior to becoming General President, Terry O’Sullivan served as LIUNA Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, and Assistant to the General President. Before that, he served LIUNA in many positions, including Chief of Staff, Staff Assistant to the General President, Administrator of the LIUNA Tri-Funds, Assistant Director of the LIUNA Construction Department, and Administrator of the West Virginia Laborers’ Training Center. A proud native of San Francisco, California, he joined LIUNA in 1974, and is a long-time member of LIUNA Local Union 1353 in Charleston, West Virginia.
Mr. James T. Callahan
Third Vice President
JAMES T. CALLAHAN is the General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers, a diversified trade union that represents 400,000 operating engineers working as heavy equipment operators, mechanics and surveyors in the construction industry, and stationary engineers, who work in operations and maintenance in building and industrial complexes. IUOE also represents nurses and other health industry workers, public employees in a wide variety of occupations, and a number of job classifications in the petrochemical industry.
He was elected to a full term as General President at the 38th General Convention on April 28, 2013 after fulfilling the term of retired General President Vincent J. Giblin.
Callahan, a 33-year member and third generation operating engineer, moved up the union’s ranks from member to Shop Steward, Foreman, Trustee, and Business Representative to ultimately lead Local 15 in New York City as its 4th President and Business Manager in 2003.
Callahan began his career as an operating engineer in 1980. Proficient in all mechanical aspects of maintenance and repair, he was initiated as a shop mechanic in Local 15C. By 1993, he had worked his way up to maintenance foreman and was an integral part of the team that worked on the World Trade Center site in the aftermath of the terrorist bombing of the parking garage that killed and injured dozens of people.
Eight years later, as a local union Business Agent, Callahan found himself back at the World Trade Center. This time, he was one of the many operating engineers who responded immediately to the September 11 tragedy and he stayed on to work through the entire recovery effort at Ground Zero.
Callahan was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Board in March 2012 and also serves on the AFL-CIO Executive Committee. In addition, he has been an Executive Board member of the New York City Building and Construction Trades Council, the New York City Central Labor Council, and the New York State AFL-CIO.
He and his wife, Fran, are the proud parents of three sons, James, Ian and Patrick.
Mr. Kenneth Rigmaiden
Fourth Vice President
Kenneth E. Rigmaiden began his career with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) upon graduating from California State University in San Jose in 1977. He immediately enrolled in the floor covering apprenticeship training program of Local Union 1288, and received certificates of completion from the IUPAT’s International Joint Apprenticeship Training Fund and the State of California Division of Apprenticeship Standards in 1980.
Mr. Rigmaiden remained in San Jose as a floor covering installer, and in the following six years served as an executive board member, a trustee, the vice president and eventually president of Local Union 1288. He also served as an instructor for floor covering installation in Local 1288’s apprenticeship training program.
In 1986, Mr. Rigmaiden was elected as Local 1288’s business representative and focused his career on labor relations. His noted accomplishments during his seven-year tenure include administrating a residential collective bargaining agreement which served to recapture market share and the amalgamation of several local unions in his region to form Local Union 12.
He was elected business manager for the new Local Union 12 in 1993, and participated in the first region-wide collective bargaining agreement for Northern California. Moreover, he was involved in the merger of several union health and welfare, training and vacation/holiday trust funds and the streamlining of member services for plan participants.
Mr. Rigmaiden was selected to serve as a general representative in 1996. His duties in this post included labor management relations, contract administration, grievance and arbitration, organizing, education and training in 18 western states.
In 1997, he continued his education by earning a degree in labor studies from the George Meany Center/Antioch University. Shortly thereafter, he was selected to serve as an assistant to the general president with specific duties in national agreements and jurisdiction maintenance. During that time, he served on the National Maintenance Agreement Policy Committee (NMAPC), the General President’s Project Maintenance Agreement Committee and the General President’s Project Review Committee.
Mr. Rigmaiden also served as the national project coordinator for the IUPAT Job Corps Program. This position required the oversight of a training program comprised of nearly 60 instructors throughout the United States and administering U.S. Department of Labor contracts of approximately $6 million annually. Mr. Rigmaiden also served as a Director to the United Way.
Mr. Rigmaiden was elevated to the position of executive general vice president for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in 2002. As the executive general vice president, he was the general administrator of the International’s affairs, assigned tasks to the IUPAT board members and staff and coordinated national union meetings, conferences and the general president’s schedule.
Mr. Rigmaiden was elevated to the position of executive general vice president for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades in 2002. As the executive general vice president, he was the general administrator of the International’s affairs and assigned tasks to the IUPAT board members and staff. Furthermore, he coordinated national union meetings, conferences and the general president’s schedule. Mr. Rigmaiden co-chairs the Finishing Trades Institute, the Painters and Allied Trades Labor Management Cooperation Initiative and the IUPAT Industry Pension Fund. He serves as a trustee on the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, and a member of the Board of Directors of several AFL-CIO constituency and allied groups.
He was unanimously elected to the office of general president by the IUPAT General Executive Board in March 2013.
He and his wife Kenya have been married for over thirty years and have two adult children.
Joseph Sellers Jr.
Fifth Vice President
Joseph Sellers, Jr., has risen steadily in his 35 years as an industry professional and union official. A second-generation sheet metal worker, his background includes managing the union and its affiliates at every level as well as many years as a leader in education. Sellers’ foundation in the labor movement reflects values learned from his father, whose deep commitment to the union sheet metal industry spanned 55 years as a member and 30 years as a local union officer. Sellers started his apprenticeship in 1980 at Local 19 in Philadelphia and became a journeyman four years later. He was elected to the local’s Executive Board in 1994 and was appointed to be Training Coordinator in 1996. In 2002, after serving as a Business Representative for two years, he became Local 19’s President and Business Manager. In August 2009, Sellers was elected to the international leadership as 11th General Vice President. The General Executive Council elected him to serve as the union’s General Secretary-Treasurer (GST) effective July 1, 2011, and, after finalization of the merger of the Sheet Metal Workers and United Transportation Unions, he was unanimously re-elected as GST by delegates to the first SMART General Convention in August 2014. Sellers became SMART’s General President May 1, 2015. During his tenure as an officer at Local 19, Joe also held a number of important union and industry posts. He was president of many groups, including the Pennsylvania State and New Jersey State Councils of Sheet Metal Workers; the Mechanical Trades District Council of Delaware Valley; the Metropolitan Association of Presidents and Business Representatives; and the board of directors for the National Energy Management Institute (NEMI). He also was Secretary/Treasurer of the Mechanical and Allied Crafts Council of New Jersey. As SMART General Secretary-Treasurer, Sellers led special campaigns to increase outreach and awareness for pension and health care issues, including compliance with the Pension Protection Act and Affordable Care Act. He has held several positions with the AFL-CIO and Building and Construction Trades Department at the national, state, and local levels. He currently serves as chairman of the union’s National Pension Fund and is a trustee for several other national pension and health funds.
Mr. Lonnie Stephenson
Sixth Vice President
He began his apprenticeship as an inside wireman in 1975 and was initiated into Rock Island Local 145 in 1976.
Lonnie was very active in his local union, and was elected vice president in 1984 and then served as president from 1987-1992. As local president, Stephenson implemented many new initiatives, including forming an active community service committee and getting the local union’s building recognized as a Red Cross Disaster Center, which was utilized during flooding of the Quad City area in 1997. He was appointed assistant business agent in 1991 and was elected business manager in 1996. As business manager, Lonnie was very aggressive in organizing, and his membership grew from 700 members to over 1,100 members during his tenure. One of Lonnie’s proudest moments as business manager was when a nonunion electrician stopped in his office to ask how he could join the IBEW because it was too strong of a union area and he had to travel for his employer to find work.
Then-International President Edwin D. Hill recognized Lonnie’s dedication and appointed him as an International Representative assigned to the Sixth District in 2002.
On September 1, 2010, Lonnie was appointed by President Hill as International Vice President of the Sixth District – which covered Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin – and was elected to a full term at the 38th International Convention in 2011.
On May 27, 2015, Lonnie Stephenson was appointed International President of the IBEW and was elected by delegates to the 39th International Convention a year later.
Mr. Eric Dean
Seventh Vice President
Eric Dean completed his apprenticeship in 1984 and became a journeyman ironworker in Local 63 (Chicago). As an accomplished ironworker, he worked for various contractors as a journeyman, foreman and project superintendent throughout the Chicago area. From 1989 until 1995, he served as an apprentice instructor and earned the status of certified welding inspector. He became very involved in his local union serving as conductor, trustee, vice president and business agent. Recognizing his leadership skills, General President Jake West appointed him general organizer for the International in 1999, assigning him to the Department of Ornamental, Architectural and Miscellaneous Metals (DOAMM). In 2005, he was elected as president of the Chicago and Vicinity District Council of Iron Workers. General President Joseph Hunt appointed Eric Dean as general vice president effective August 4, 2008. General President Walter Wise appointed Eric Dean as general secretary effective February 1, 2011. The general executive council unanimously elected Eric Dean as general president effective July 1, 2015.
Mr. James “Bud” McCourt
Eighth Vice President
James ”Bud” McCourt, is a long-time resident of Massachusetts and began his career with Asbestos Workers Local 6, Boston, MA as an apprentice in 1976. He received his mechanic’s card four years later in 1980 and subsequently served his local union as an executive board member from 1982 to 1984. His leadership abilities led to his election as local union president, a position he held from 1985 to 1987. He also served as asbestos abatement coordinator and as business agent for his local union prior to his election to the top position as business manager. Brother McCourt was elected by the delegates at the Unions 1997 General Convention to serve as International Vice President of the New York-New England States Conference. In that capacity, Bud served with dedication and distinction, giving wise counsel and support to the General Office programs and policies. Upon the retirement of deceased General President William G. Bernard on September 1, 2001, Brother McCourt was elected by the General Executive Board to serve as General Secretary-Treasurer. He was officially elected to the position at the Union’s 2002 General Convention and re-elected at the 2007 and 2012 Conventions. Upon the retirement of General President James A. Grogan August 3, 2015, James McCourt was elected by the General Executive Board to the position of General President. A second generation pipe coverer, Bud and his wife, Deborah have 2 sons, Jamie and Jonathan and a grandson.
Mr. Bob Martinez
Ninth Vice President
As the 14th International President of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), Bob Martinez inherits a legacy that spans the history of the North American labor movement. Seasoned by his own 36-year union career, Martinez is committed to aggressively grow the union and protect the contracts and careers of nearly 600,000 active and retired IAM members.
Previous to his January 2016 installment as International President, Martinez had served since 2013 as IAM Headquarters General Vice President (GVP) with responsibility for the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center and the IAM’s Government Employees and Aerospace sectors.
A United States Navy veteran, Martinez began his IAM career in 1980 as a member of Local 776A in Ft. Worth, TX after being hired as an Aircraft Assembler at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth Division.
From 1980 to 1994, Martinez served in various positions with his local lodge before being appointed in 1995 as a staff member in the IAM Safety and Health Department. He also served as a Project Coordinator for the Re-Employment and Safety Training (IAM CREST) and for the Center for Administering Rehabilitation and Employment Services (IAM CARES).
In 1999, International President Tom Buffenbarger assigned Martinez to serve as the Southern Territory Education Representative with responsibility for training and education for IAM members in 14 southern states. In April 2002, he was appointed as a Special Representative and served in that capacity until joining the Executive Council in 2003 as the General Vice President assigned to the Southern Territory.
In addition to serving on the IAM Executive Council, Martinez sits on the executive councils of the AFL-CIO, IndustriALL, Guide Dogs of America, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the Alliance for Retired Americans, the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Council, the Elderly Housing Development and Operations Corporation (EHDOC), America’s Agenda and the Economic Policy Institute.
Martinez was recently honored with Guide Dogs of America’s highest honor, the Gift of Sight Award, and the Cesar Chavez Award from LCLAA for his work on behalf of the Latino Labor Community.
Mr. Daniel E. Stepano
Tenth Vice President
Dan became General President of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association on April 16, 2016. He was initiated into the OPCMIA on August 5, 1980, as a Plasterer in Local Union No. 31, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dan has worked in the plaster trade performing all trade processes of the craft and has served the Local Union in various positions including Recording Secretary, Apprentice Coordinator/Instructor, Executive Board Member, Business Agent, Trustee of the Health and Welfare, Apprenticeship, Pension and Annuity Funds, Business Manager and Financial Secretary. On July 22, 2004, he was appointed to the position of International Vice President and General Executive Board Member. In August of 2004, at the 48th OPCMIA International Convention, Dan was elected International Vice President and to the General Executive Board of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association. In June of 2007, Dan was appointed to the position of Executive Vice President and then on January 1, 2007, he was appointed to serve as the Director of Organizing. Dan was elected as Executive Vice President and also to the General Executive Board of the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association in August of 2009, at the 50th OPCMIA International Convention and again to both positions in August of 2014 at the 51st OPCMIA International Convention. Dan comes from a family with a strong union background. His Father was a member of the OPCMIA Pittsburgh Local for over 46 years. Dan and his wife are the proud parents of two sons, Edward John and Ryan Jacob.
Mr. Mark McManus
Eleventh Vice President
The General President is responsible for supervising the day-to-day affairs of the United Association and for decisions concerning internal union governance, as well as rendering decisions and adjusting disputes and other matters affecting the organization. He is the chairman of the UA General Executive Board, UA Strategic Planning Committee, and supervises the development and implementation of all major policies and programs of the United Association.
He represents the face of the United Association in dealings with high-level government officials, contractors, contractor associations, project owner organizations, fellow labor unions and the general public. Given his stature in the industry, the General President serves on various important boards, councils and committees, including the following:
- Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Plumbers and Pipefitters National Pension Fund
- Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Local Union Officers and Employees Pension Fund
- Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the UA General Officers and Employees Pension Fund
- AFL-CIO Executive Committee Member & Executive Council Member
- Vice-President of North America’s Building Trades Unions
- Vice-President of the Executive Council of the Metal Trades Department
- Board of Directors of Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program
- Board of Directors of Helmets to Hardhats