ATU 757 elects Zullo to lead union

Al Zullo has been elected president/business representative of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757 in a special election to fill the unexpired term of Ron Heintzman, who recently was appointed an international representative.

Zullo has served as vice president/assistant business representative for about one year. He defeated two other candidates for the local's top post - Wally Feist and Jim Perez.

To run for president, Zullo had to vacate his vice president's post, which is a full-time position with the union. Nine persons ran for that job, with Jon Hunt winning with 643 votes. Also vying were Tom Bernards, Mickey Boothe, Jay Frye, Virginia Putnam, Jim Britt, Red Worland, Mark Larson and Rod Smith.

Hunt and Boothe had to vacate their seats on the Executive Board, which resulted in more elections.

Michael T. Oliver defeated Tom Ruiz and Dan Martin for Light Rail Transportation Executive Board officer (Boothe's old seat); and Shane LaVerne defeated Jay Jackson for Light Rail Elmonica Liaison Officer.

Kevin Kinoshita was declared the winner for Merlo Maintenance Executive Board officer (Hunt's old post) by acclamation.

The new officers and board members were sworn in immediately and will fill terms that expire in June 30, 2003. Zullo joined the union in 1968. He held the president's post during the 1970s, when it was a part-time, unpaid position. Zullo was elected vice president nine months ago, when the position became vacant due to his predecessor's death.

"I believe that the future for the union holds a lot of promise," Zullo said. "During my campaign, the members with whom I spoke gave me a lot of ideas on the direction they would like to see the union continue. I will be discussing those ideas with the Executive Board, and if the board finds them possible, we will bring them to the membership for their approval and then will move on to get them into place."

August 16, 2002 issue

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