1037 Sterling Road
 Suite 104
Herndon, VA 20170-3839
Office: (703) 318-8487
Fax: (703) 318-9204

Origin of the International Association of Machinists (IAM)

This railroad pit in Atlanta, Georgia was the birthplace of the Machinists Union.

In 1888, a group of nineteen machinists at the East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia Railroad assembled in a locomotive pit to decide what to do about a wage cut. They voted to form a union. It was the beginning of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Origin of Capital Air Lodge 1759

Capital Airlines Douglas DC-3 at Washington National Airport

Originally named PennCenAir 1759 and chartered in Washington, D.C., Capital Air Lodge 1759 began as an airline local on March 7, 1946. Pennsylvania Central Airlines (PCA) was an original tenant operating out of Washington National Airport (DCA) and in 1941 based its headquarters there. By 1947, PCA's route structure no longer reflected its name and the airline adopted new colors and renamed itself Capital Airlines. In March, 1951, PennCenAir 1759 renamed itself Capital Air Lodge 1759. Capital Airlines merged with United Airlines in July, 1961, but our name remained unchanged as a tribute to the proud airline workers from Capital. Our charter location moved to Alexandria, Virginia on July 7, 1977. Capital Air Lodge 1759 offices and meeting hall are located at 1037 Sterling Road, suites 103 and 104 in Herndon, Virginia. 


IAM Local Lodge 1759, also known as Capital Air Lodge 1759, is a non-profit organization affiliated with IAM Airline Districts 141 and 142 under the jurisdiction of the IAM's Transportation Department.

This organization is affiliated with the Virginia State AFL-CIO, Maryland & D.C. AFL-CIO, Virginia and Maryland State Machinists Councils, the Northern Virginia Central Labor Council and the Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO.

Local 1759 represents airline ground workers at Washington Dulles (IAD) and Washington National (DCA) Airports.

Local 1759 Officers

President - Bill Huston
Vice President - Claudio Nery
Recording Secretary - Barb Martin
Secretary-Treasurer - Bill Peer
Conductor/Sentinel - Curtiss Mitchell
Trustee - Lulu Torres
Trustee - Sherrie Curtis
Trustee - Joe Padgett
Communicator - Al Abromitis
Educator - Jim Koellner
Building Committee Chair - Adriana Picasso

Airline Grievance Committees

District 141 United Airlines (IAD DCA)

  • Grievance Committee Chair
    Barb Martin

  • Grievance Committee Secretary
    Bill Peer

  • Ramp/Stores Committee
    Billy Hoover

  • PCE Committee
    Barb Martin

District 141 American/US Airways
Salieu Turay

District 142 American/US Airways
Don Fitzgerald

District 142 British Airways

District 142 Southwest Airlines

District 142 Flight Safety
Paul Catron


Chartered 1946 - Washington, D.C.