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July 5, 2010

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ATUís George Retires; Heintzman Is Successor

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) announced the retirement of International President Warren S. George, effective July 1. The ATU General Executive Board appointed Ron Heintzman, currently international executive vice president, to succeed George as the eighth international president in the union’s 117-year history.

Randy Graham became the first Canadian to serve as an ATU international executive officer when he assumed Heintzman’s former post as international executive vice president, also on July 1. Both Heintzman and Graham will serve the remainder of their predecessors’ terms until new elections are held for international offices at the 56th ATU Convention in Orlando, FL, this September.

Heintzman served as an ATU international vice president for seven years before his tenure as international executive vice president. In the latter post, he had responsibility for directing the activities of 18 international vice presidents and four international representatives in Canada and the U.S. He served five consecutive terms as the president of ATU Local 757 in Portland, OR, from 1988 until his appointment to the international post in 2002.

Graham served as president of the 2,000-member ATU local in Ottawa from 1986 to 1995, when he was first elected an international vice president. He was re-elected to that post at every subsequent ATU convention.

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