GEORGE J. KOURPIAS, 1989 - 1997.
See "SIOUXLAND LODGE 1426 NOTABLE MEMBERS."
R. THOMAS BUFFENBARGER, 1997 -
R. Thomas Buffenbarger is the 13th International President in the
112-year history of the International Association of Machinists and
Aerospace Workers (IAM).
First elected in 1997, Tom Buffenbarger leads 730,000 active and retired
IAM members in Canada and the United States. As one of the largest
industrial unions in North America, the IAM represents the men and women
who build, repair and operate the machines that maintain the peace and
sustain the prosperity both nations now enjoy.
IAM members are building America's F-22 fighters at Boeing and Lockheed
Martin, Aegis destroyers at Bath Iron Works and Bradley fighting vehicles
at FMC Corp. hey are servicing United and US Airways planes, Union Pacific
and Amtrak trains, UPS trucks and GM cars. In the last five years, the IAM
has negotiated collective bargaining agreements with over 4,000 employers.
Under Tom Buffenbarger's leadership, the IAM continues to diversify. It
now represents doctors and limousine drivers in New York City, care givers
in VA hospitals, loggers in Oregon, and cigarette makers in Virginia. The
IAM is currently organizing Boeing engineers and United Mileage Plus
As its International President, Tom Buffenbarger serves on five major IAM
sponsored organizations. He closely tracks the performance of the IAM
National Pension Fund and the National IAM Benefit Trust Fund. He serves
on the board of directors of Guide Dogs of America and IAM Cares. And Mr.
Buffenbarger helps lead the Machinists Non-Partisan League, the twelfth
largest political action committee in the nation.
Tom Buffenbarger is a member of the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO. In
that capacity, he chairs the federations' Committee on State and Local
Central Bodies. He was instrumental in launching the New Alliance, a
program designed to increase the AFL-CIO's impact at the grassroots level.
His duties as international president span the globe. Tom Buffenbarger is
a member of the Canadian Labor Congress. he serves on the Executive
Committee of the International Metalworkers Federation that represents 20
million workers in over 100 countries and as President of its Aerospace
Department. Mr. Buffenbarger also is a member of the US Treasury
Department's Advisory Committee to the International Monetary Fund.
President Buffenbarger, a journeyman tool and die maker at GE's jet engine
plant in Evandale, Ohio, has been a machinist for nearly thirty years. He
was the youngest International President in IAM history when he took the
helm of the union at age 46.
Mr. Buffenbarger is a graduate of Ohio University. He and his wife Linda
have two children, Amy and Andrew. They live in Brookeville, Maryland.