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Javier M. Perez, Jr.

International Executive Vice President Javier Perez, Jr. began driving a bus for the Kansas City Area Transit Authority in 1974.  He became a member of Local 1287 and served as steward, Executive Board member, Vice President and was elected President in 1987.

During this time, he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Labor Studies at Antioch University through the George Meany Center now known as the National Labor College.  He also attended and completed the Trade Union Program at Harvard University in 2009.

Javier has been involved in community service heading voter registration drives and assisting with summer Mural projects as a member of LCLAA, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement.  Javier was a liaison for Cesar Chavez on two occasions during Chavez’s trips to Kansas City. In 2002, Javier was appointed by Missouri Governor Bob Holden to serve on the Kansas City Missouri Police Board as a commissioner and later was elected President of the Board.

Javier was elected an International Vice President in September 1995 and has worked with many locals large and small.

On August 29, 2013, Javier Perez Jr was unanimously elected to be the International Executive Vice President of the Amalgamated Transit Union.

Javier and his wife, Lee Ann, reside in Kansas City, Missouri and Washington DC.  They have 3 grown children and three grandchildren.