US Airways Group, Inc., today named Joseph J. Mantineo Sr. of the International Association of Machinists (IAM) to its board of directors. His appointment is effective immediately. Mantineo, who served as District Lodge 141-M assistant general chairman from 1991-1996 and retired in 1996 from US Airways as an aircraft and powerplant mechanic, becomes the 14th member of the board, and the second of three organized labor representatives.
“As we move forward in our restructuring and reorganization, the voice of our employees will be an integral part of US Airways` decision making at the highest level. We welcome the perspective and contributions Joe will bring to our board,” said David Siegel, US Airways president and chief executive officer.
Mantineo`s appointment follows the union`s recently ratified restructuring agreement with the company that includes a provision for the IAM to select a representative. He was recommended by the IAM US Airways Information and Resource Committee, which was accepted and forwarded to US Airways by IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger.
An Air Force veteran, Mantineo joined Mohawk Airlines in Newark in 1957 as a mechanic and was chairman of IAM Lodge 1445 for 30 years, and secretary/treasurer for 12 years. He has been involved in a number of contract negotiations and worked on the mergers of Allegheny and Mohawk, USAir and PSA, and USAir and Piedmont. He resides in Whippany, N.J.
The IAM represents approximately 12,000 mechanic and related and fleet service employees at US Airways.