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UTU promotes International VP Previsich to assistant president

The United Transportation Union’s (UTU) board has promoted International Vice President John Previsich to assistant president to succeed Arty Martin, who will retire Sept. 1.

Previsich, who was elected an international VP in 2007 and re-elected in 2011, began his railroad career in 1973 with the Southern Pacific Railroad (which now is part of Union Pacific Railroad) working in yard, road and engine service. He currently holds seniority as a switchman, brakeman, conductor, fireman and engineer at UP, and worked in commuter and long-distance passenger-rail service for 10 years.

Previsich previously was elected to numerous positions at the UTU, including local chairperson, vice general chairperson and general chairperson, representing brakemen, assistant conductors, conductors, firemen, hostlers, engineers and train dispatchers at Class Is, short lines and passenger railroads.

Martin was elected as assistant president in 2007 and was re-elected in 2011. A fourth-generation railroader, he joined UP in 1966.

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