Gary Shults

Gary joined the Air Division as an International Representative in September 2004 and became an International Vice President in February 2016.

Gary has been a member of Local 555 since 1996, and began his union career as a Union Steward at Southwest Airlines in 1980. Beginning his union activities as a Shop Steward for the IAM at Southwest Airlines, Gary has continued his union involvement and held many offices throughout this career including Local President, Vice President, Secretary Treasurer and District Representative. Gary chaired negotiations at Local 555 in 2000 and 2001 for the current industry leading contract for the Ramp, Operations, Provisioning and Cargo Employees at Southwest Airlines. He was also active and experienced in the preparation and presentation of arbitrations

Gary's responsibilities include Locals 504, 525, 526 and 527 who represent our service contracts in New York, Florida, Georgia and other locations. Gary’s also oversees airline Locals 540, 541, 542, 543, 545, 546 and 547 who represent airline dispatchers, flight crew instructors, ground school instructors and simulator engineers at PSA, Hawaiian Airlines, Island Air, World Airways, AirTran, Aloha, ATA, Republic, Ryan International, Spirit, Frontier, Continental, Alaska, Express Jet, Horizon, Northwest, Mesaba, Sun Country, Air Wisconsin, Pinnacle, and UPS.

Gary is currently a Vice President on the International Executive Council and is a member of the International Committee on Appeals.




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