Oscar Owens was appointed international secretary-treasurer of the Amalgamated Transit Union on January 1, 2001, and was unanimously elected to that office at the 53rd ATU International Convention in September of that year. Owens was unanimously re-elected to that office in 2004, 2007, and 2010.
A U.S. Army veteran, Owens began his career in the transit industry in 1966, with ATU Local 192-Oakland, CA, as an operator for AC Transit. His union career began in July, 1973, when he became shop steward. In 1977, he was elected the local’s business agent and served in that position until 1982.
Elected International Vice President in 1986
He joined the international staff as a special organizer in 1982, and was appointed international representative in July 1984. He was elected international vice president in 1986.
Owens and his wife, Betty, presently reside in the Washington metropolitan area. They have three grown children.