IAM District 19 officers and staff from several railroads participated in a newly developed course called the General Chairmen Critical Skills Program. The 11 attendees from across the country were instructed by Winpisinger Center staff and various guest speakers who came to brief the members on information and tactics they have found useful over the years.

The new course idea for development came from the President and Directing General Chair Andrew Sandberg and Assistant President and Directing General Chair Juan Estrada.

“This new course is very detailed as it focuses on real issues the General Chairmen and officers may come to see while working in the field, and I thank Brother Estrada for his work on the program,” said Josh Hartford, IAM Special Assistant to the International President for the IAM Rail Division.

The weeklong course had various department heads, such as IAM Assistant Legislative and Political Director Ty Richardson, IAM Communications Director Jonathan Battaglia and IAM General Council Carla Siegel.

Sandberg mentioned how thankful the District 19 team is for the assistance of Hartford, who was instrumental in moving the program forward.

IAM District 19 General Chairman Heath Jacobs participated in the class and gives us this report.

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