Jim Short was formally installed as District 13's
new vice president on April 4, succeeding Vince Maisano
, who retired after nearly four decades of union service.
, 62, has headed District 13 since his
election as CWA vice president at the 1986 convention. He served in the Army from October 1960 to October 1963.In May 1966 he went to work for Bell of Pennsylvania as a station installer, and later as a PBX installer and repair technician. Maisano joined Local 13 of the FTWP his first day on the job, was elected branch representative in 1968, local president in 1970 and Philadelphia Division vice president in 1976. In 1982, he was elected FTWP executive vice president and became the union's chief negotiator.He was instrumental in facilitating FTWP's merger into CWA in 1984, and that year he was elected president of his local, which became CWA Local 13000.
"At that time, the FTWP
was the largest independent in the country," Maisano
said."The affiliation brought 14,000 members into CWA
, and several other independents followed."These included the Pennsylvania Telephone Guild
, United Telephone Workers of Delaware and Diamond State Telephone Commercial Union
. Long involved in the state labor movement and politics, Maisano is a vice president of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and serves on numerous boards and committees.In 1988, he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He
was the FTWP's
chief negotiator with Bell Telephone in Pennsylvania in 1983 and was CWA's
chief negotiator with Bell Atlantic
(now Verizon South) in five rounds of bargaining.He
will assist Short with legislative and organizing activities during the district's transition to new leadership and will serve on a task force of former officers that President Bahr is putting together to assist with organizing Verizon Wireless.
is pretty well known as a district that can stick together when there are important issues facing us," Maisano