More than 1,200 delegates came to Chicago to set the direction of the IAM for the next four years. Two of them are 63 years apart in age.
One was born in 1929, the other in 1992. But their desire to serve their union is much closer than their age.
Anthony Mastandrea, a life member of Boston Local 264, has attended every convention but one since 1960. He was at the 1968 Grand Lodge Convention, also held at Chicago Hilton.
The youngest delegate elected this year is Eric Dahm, from Local 1947 in Fond du Lac, WI. Dahm, a three-year member and Steward, is attending his first Grand Lodge Convention.
When Mastandrea retired in 1996 after 30 years of serving the as a Business Representative, Dahm was only 4 years old.
IAM International President Bob Martinez took time to recognize both delegates from the dais. He thanked both for their dedication to their union and reminded the delegation of their significance.
“We talk about the necessity of securing pensions and Social Security, and the importance of training our young members to be our future leaders,” said Martinez. “Well brothers and sisters, there is no better example of that than these two delegates right here.”