Rich Ross is UTU's new organizing director

Rich Ross is the UTU’s new organizing director. He succeeds John Nadalin, who has retired.


Ross will be responsible for directing the activities of the organizing staff, recruiting new members and ensuring good service after new properties are organized.

A member of Local 1895 in Chicago, Ross began his railroad career in 1970 as a fireman on Norfolk & Western Railway (now part of Norfolk Southern). He was promoted to engineer in 1972.

That same year, Ross was elected local chairperson. He also has held the positions of local secretary & treasurer (21 years), delegate (to eight conventions), and has been secretary of the General Committee GO 687 since 1989. For the past 35 years, Ross also has been legislative representative.

Nadalin, a member of Local 1397 in Columbus, Ohio, worked nearly 42 years in railroad service, beginning as a locomotive fireman in 1968 and being promoted to engineer in 1971, where he worked in road and yard service for CSX predecessor Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.

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