President Santora with D9 VP Tom Runnion
At the 75th CWA Convention, new officers were elected including Tom Runnion as District 9 Vice President. Tom has extensive experience in all aspects of the union including being the chief negotiator for the last two rounds of bargaining with AT&T-West.
CWA 9003 delegates to the convention unanimously supported Tom and we are delighted that he will lead our District for the next 4 years.
Other new National officers include President Chris Shelton (formerly D1 VP), Secretary Treasurer Sara Steffans (formerly D9 Staff) and Telecom & Technologies Vice President Lisa Bolton (formerly CWA 7777 President). Also elected as our Regional Diversity Executive Board Member was Frank Arce, EVP of CWA 9400. Congratulations to all.
Councilman Koretz presenting T with his resolution. CWA 9003 Executive Board and Committee Chairs joined in.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Paul Koretz honored T for his 30 years of continuous service as an elected Local officer and CWA Staff Representative on April 21.
Councilman Koretz read and presented the resolution signed by the Mayor and the entire City Council. In his remarks, Koretz noted that T was already actively involved as a CWA political activist when he began his career in politics 30 years ago. “I can’t remember a time in my career when T wasn’t there.” Before election to the LA City Council, Koretz served as the Labor Committee Chairman for the California State Assembly.
T thanked the Council saying, “As electeds, we know nothing is accomplished alone. This is not about me. It’s about the work. So I thank you for honoring my work along with that of my amazing colleagues, some of whom are here with me today, and the thousands of Communications Workers of America who live and work in our beautiful city.”
The lengthy resolution concludes with, “NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Los Angeles City Council salutes and celebrates T SANTORA and that the City of Los Angeles thanks him for thirty years of utmost humanity, exemplary leadership and stellar service. Through steadfast ways and caring deeds, T Santora has made the City of Los Angeles and this nation better places in which to work and live.”