Longtime Kansas City labor leader Gordon Clark is leaving several union-related positions to return to a job as an aircraft mechanic. He will work at American Airlines in Dallas.
Clark rose to prominence in Kansas City AFL-CIO circles when he served as union president for the 2,000-plus Transport Workers Union of America Local 530 members at the Kansas City American Airlines/Trans World Airlines Overhaul Base. He was a primary leader when TWA declared its third bankruptcy and when the airline was acquired by American in 2001.
“I know that with the A/A bankruptcy and impending merger with US Airways, there will be much work, negotiation, and problem solving needed to advance the ‘New American,’” Clark wrote in a message to fellow union members. “I hope the new leadership will find the right people to work through these challenges.”
Because of a change in leadership at the Transport Workers union, Clark no longer will be a Kansas City-based representative of the International TWU. In his 28-year work history in Kansas City, he has been active with the local and state AFL-CIO and in Democratic politics.
The move also means that he is resigning as chairman of the monthly labor/media breakfast, which he has led for nine years.
| Diane Stafford, The Star