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Jan 22

JIC Coordinator Michael Cornelius appointed ATU International Representative

ATU International President John A. Costa has appointed Joint Industry Council (JIC) Coordinator Michael Cornelius as an ATU International Representative to work with ATU Locals in the Western states.

“Michael has demonstrated unique experience and background in bargaining contracts with both public and private employers, managing successful strikes and political advocacy for public transit,” said International President Costa. “Michael will be a great asset and resource for our Locals in the Western states.”

Cornelius became a member of ATU Local 1433-Phoenix, AZ in 2000 when he was hired as a bus operator for Phoenix Transit, now Valley Metro. He quickly desired to get more involved in his Local and became a shop steward. Cornelius rose through the ranks, serving as the Local’s Recording Secretary, an Executive Board member and Vice President. In 2012, he was elected as Financial Secretary and helped lead the Local to financial stability. Cornelius also played an integral role in bargaining numerous collective bargaining agreements and successfully steered the Local through strikes with multiple private employers, including Transdev.

In 2017, Cornelius was appointed JIC Coordinator by the late International President Larry Hanley. He helped establish the JIC, which is comprised of Locals who have contracts with large, multinational transit employers like Transdev, First Transit, MV Transportation and others. In his JIC role, Cornelius has assisted in settling contracts with private contractors at Locals in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. He recently negotiated a return to work agreement with National Express in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, resulting in three wrongfully terminated ATU members returning to work.

“I am honored to be appointed to this position by International President John Costa. Since taking office, he has had to steer our Union through difficult times as we lost our top two officers. He has done it with grace and dignity,” said Cornelius. “I look forward to working with our Locals in my new job. My goal is to make International President Costa, our General Executive Board and our members proud.”