Administrative Vice President
Rail Division Director
Gary’s TWU career began in 1974 when he was hired on as a Carman at Penn Station. He was an active member of Local 2020 in Buffalo, New York and was appointed Vice President of the Local in 1978. The following year he was elected to his first term as President of Local 2020, then reelected as President for five consecutive terms. In 1998, Maslanka became an International Staff Representative for the Railroad Division. He was named Director of the Railroad Division in 2004 and was elected as an International Vice President in 2005.
Throughout his career as an officer of TWU Maslanka has been active in the negotiation of contracts on both the freights and Amtrak. He has also been a longtime advocate on rail safety issues and Carmen training initiatives. Before joining the Railroad Division Maslanka was assigned to work on several Federal Railroad Administration rulemakings with implications on Railroad Division members, and was assigned as a member of the FRA's Railroad Advisory Safety Committee from the committees inception.
Maslanka has also worked extensively with the Railway Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program, including the development of a comprehensive Hazardous Materials Peer Training Program on Conrail, and assisting with the development of a similar program on Union Pacific. Maslanka has testified before Congress on both rail safety and security issues and Presidential Emergency Board 242 relating Carmen skills and training issues.
Maslanka currently serves as Chairman of the Joint Council of Carmen, Helpers, Coach Cleaners and Apprentices (JCC), Vice Chairman of Amtrak Service Workers Council (ASWC), a member of the Railroad Safety Advisory Committee, an Advisory Board member of the Railway Workers Hazardous Materials Training Program and is active with the Rail Labor Division of the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department where he recently concluded a term as Chairman of the Rail Labor Division.
Jeffrey L Brooks, Sr.
Administrative Vice President
Transit Division Director
Jeffrey L Brooks, Sr. has been a member of TWU Local 234 for 30 years. He has
co-chaired and chaired on the Joint Health and Safety Committee. Additionally,
he served as a member of the Philadelphia Area Labor Management Committee, a
Chief Negotiation Team Member, Shop Steward and Grievance Representative.
Brooks has held numerous committee positions for many years, such as
Chairman-Utilities and AFL-CIO Convention Delegate. He served Local 234 as
Business Agent and was elected Vice President in 1993, Recording Secretary in
1996 until 2001 and President from 2004 to 2008. He also served as Legislative
and Political Coordinator for the TWU International and was formerly the Chief
of Staff and Int’l. Adm. Asst. to the Int’l. President.
Among his many memberships and active involvement, Brooks is also a Construction
Equipment Operator First Class. In 2005, he was appointed to serve on the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Transportation Funding and Reform Commission. He
served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania,
is an active member of CBTU Philadelphia Chapter and is serving on the Advisory
Board for St. Joseph University, Comey Institute (Labor Studies).
Brooks is a graduate of George Meany Center Labor Studies in Contract
Negotiations and of Penn. State’s Labor Studies in Contracts/Arbitrations and
Section Officer and Advanced Staff Training.