NTEU Chapter 137 Staff

President
Damian Alvarez

Damian Alvarez became a NTEU Steward in 2011. In 2012, he then became a full-time NTEU representative for Chapter 137. He was also named Chief Steward in 2012. He was voted by the Executive Board as an interim Vice President during 2013.  Damian Alvarez was elected to the Vice President by the bargaining unit in the last election. He then was placed as President in April 2014 when Daniel Nieto accepted a position in Tampa, FL. Damian has served in that position as of then. In that time, Chapter 137 has accomplished the implementation of AWS in multiple ports, a more officer friendly overtime system, Live bid in         MIA, grievance victories that have been adopted as a national policy, and an open door policy with management that has allowed a more streamlined process to solve issues or discuss concerns. Damian is a CBP Officer assigned to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport since September 2007. He has served in the BRP Committee, NTEU National Legislative Advisory Committee, Labor Management Relations Committee, along with successfully representing the bargaining unit in grievances, disciplinary and removal cases, bargaining and legislative issues at both local and national levels.

Executive Vice -President
Lizett Garcia

Lizett Garcia became a NTEU Steward in July 2012  as a full time NTEU representative for Chapter 137. In December 2013, Lizett Garcia was elected to the Executive Board as the Recording Secretary. Then in mid 2014 was voted by the Executive Board as the interim Executive Vice President, a position she currently holds. Ms. Garcia is a CBP Officer assigned to Miami International Airport since April 2006. She has served in the BRP Committee, NTEU National Legislative Advisory Committee, Labor Management Relations Committee, along with successfully representing the bargaining unit in grievances, disciplinary and removal cases, bargaining and legislative issues.

Treasurer
Rene Garcia

Rene Garcia became an NTEU Steward in January 2013 and was soon after appointed by the chapter president to become a full time office staff member. Garcia was elected 2 years ago to the Executive Board to serve as Treasurer for the chapter, a position he currently holds. Garcia has prior union experience, serving as a steward for the United States Postal Service prior to joining CBP. Garcia has been with CBP since 2007. He worked at Fort Lauderdale Intl. Airport / Port Everglades for 5 years and is now  assigned to Miami International Airport.

Areas of representation: grievances, disciplinary and removal cases, BRP Committee, AWS, bargaining, legislative issues.

Steward
Carlos Ortega

Carlos Ortega is a CBPO/Steward assigned to Miami International Airport. He has served as an NTEU steward since 2012, shortly after finishing his post academy training. Ortega joined the full time office staff in 2014. Ortega heads the chapter's membership recruitment committee which has been responsible for the largest increase in chapter members. Ortega has also served in the BRP Committee, JAC Committee, and has successfully represented members of the bargaining unit in grievances, disciplinary cases, and removal cases.

Steward
Eduardo Santamaria

Eddy Santamaria became an NTEU Steward in 2013 and in August 2015 he was appointed as a full time NTEU representative for Chapter 137. Eddy Santamaria is a CBP Officer assigned to Miami International Airport since 2011. Eddy has served in the BRP Committee, Joint Awards Committee and the Membership Committee, along with successfully representing the bargaining unit in grievances, disciplinary and removal cases and bargaining issues.

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