Harry Lombardo was elected International President of the Transport Workers Union of America at the 24th Constitutional Convention on September 24, 2013, after serving as the International Executive Vice President since 2006. Since 2014, Lombardo has also served as Vice President on the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO.
The native Philadelphian started with TWU Local 234 in 1972 as a car cleaner for SEPTA. He was promoted the following year to rail mechanic, and was named to his first union position, section officer, in 1974, at the Germantown depot. Lombardo continued to rise through the union ranks, running first for chairman in 1977, and then being named the local’s youngest Business Agent in 1979. He later held the positions of Recording Secretary, Executive Vice President, and eventually President of Local 234, a position he served in until 1996 when he joined the TWU International staff. He was elected International Vice President at four consecutive conventions.
During his term as International President, Lombardo has lead TWU into a period of unprecedented growth, reigniting members’ faith in the union’s fighting, militant history. He became the first TWU president to testify before the U.S. Senate in over two decades, and currently serves as vice chair of the TWU-IAM Joint Association, guiding two unions through complex contract negotiations after the merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways.
An active and well-traveled international president, Lombardo meets regularly with TWU members on tarmacs, in bus depots, break rooms, and on shop floors. He has overseen the growth and restructuring of several of the International’s key departments, including communications and government affairs, and has spearheaded the creation of the International Campaign Unit, designed to help TWU run and win strategic political, contract and public relations campaigns. During his tenure, TWU has already organized over 6,000 new members—more than the union had previously added in years.
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