Harry Lombardo was elected International President at the 24th Constitutional Convention on September 24, 2013 after serving as the International Executive Vice President since 2006. Since 2014, Lombardo has 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 transferred to the Luzerne district and ran successfully for chairman in 1977. He was named Business Agent in 1979 by then Local 234 President Merrill Cooper. At the time, he was the youngest Business Agent, 29 years old, in the Local’s history.
He was elected the Local’s Recording Secretary in 1983 as part of the Roger Tauss administration. He moved up to Executive Vice President in the following election, and was elevated to Local President in 1989 when Tauss was named to the International staff.
Lombardo served as Local President until 1996 when he has named to the International staff by then International President Sonny Hall. He was elected International Vice President in four consecutive Conventions.
During his tenure as Local 234 President, Lombardo negotiated a new pension formula for Local 234 members, resulting in a 100 percent increase in the value of the benefit. He also ran a two-week strike against SEPTA in 1995 to extract another pace-setting agreement for Philadelphia transit workers.