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Jan 27

International President John Costa names Workforce Development Coordinator

Recognizing the importance of workforce development and apprenticeship programs within the ATU, International President John A. Costa has named Local 265-San Jose, CA Joint Workforce Investment (JWI) Apprenticeship Director Jamaine Gibson as the ATU Workforce Development Coordinator.

“With the changing technology and demands in our industry, it is crucial that our members are trained and prepared to meet the challenges on the job—not only today, but in the future,” said International President Costa. “Local 265’s Joint Workforce Investment program, working in conjunction with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), has set the standard for workforce development and apprenticeships, and Brother Gibson was key to its success.”

In his new position, Brother Gibson will assist Locals to develop and implement workforce development training and apprenticeship programs across all segments of the ATU membership.

Brother Gibson joined Local 265 as a VTA bus operator in 2011, after working for 10 years as a United Autoworkers (UAW) safety representative at the New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI).

Benefitting from being a mentee in the JWI program, Brother Gibson became a mentor to provide similar guidance and support for his union sisters and brothers. Seven years later, he continues to be a mentor and now serves as the JWI Apprenticeship Coordinator. Under his leadership, the JWI has enrolled more than 200 new apprentices in four different apprenticeship programs covering coach operators, and service, maintenance, track, and overhead line workers.

“I am honored and humbled that International President Costa has chosen me to help expand workforce development and apprenticeship programs within our Union,” said Brother Gibson. “I look forward to working with International President Costa and our Locals to make our Union the best it can be by ensuring our members receive the necessary workforce development training.”