With the untimely and tragic passing of ATU International President Larry Hanley and pursuant to Section 7.2 (Vacancies) of the ATU Constitution and General Laws, the ATU General Executive Board has chosen International Vice President John Costa to serve as ATU International President until the next ATU Convention set for September 2019.
Javier Perez will continue to serve as International Executive Vice President and Oscar Owens will continue to serve as International Secretary-Treasurer.
Costa was elected an International Vice President at the 2010 ATU Convention. He served as president of the ATU New Jersey State Council from 2008-2010. Costa began his career at NJ Transit in 1981, joining Local 819-Newark, NJ. He served his Local union in various capacities, ultimately being elected president in 2001 and serving three terms until 2008.