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AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide

the vital services that make America happen.


We are maintenance workers, airport operations personnel, security workers, nurses, corrections officers, child care providers, EMTs and sanitation workers. For us, public service is not just a job, it’s a calling. At times we are right out front, and at other times we are behind the scenes. Wherever we are, we’re proud to take on the responsibility of helping to keep this country strong.


AFSCME is a union made up of a diverse group of people who share a common commitment to public service. We see the big picture and gladly accept the responsibility of guarding and nurturing it — not because we expect to be recognized for our sacrifice, but because we know the job needs to be done. That’s why we’re in the public service — to keep our families safe and make our communities strong.


While we work for justice in the workplace, we advocate for prosperity and opportunity for all of America’s working families. We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table — we fight for fairness at the ballot box and in the halls of government.

The mission of Local 1542 is to provide the Aviation Members with a safe working environment and fair employment practices, while promoting positive labor management relations and a fair contract that provides good benefits.  


We know you will find this website to be a positive tool that will enhance your union membership experience.  Please feel free to provide us with feedback and let us know how we may better serve your needs. Our website is an avenue for delivering accurate, centralized information that makes your union accessible to you 24 hours a day. 

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a your email correspondence, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing to: 4349 NW 36th St. Suite 102, Miami Springs, FL 33166. When e-mailing to any of the addresses below, please be brief, and leave a contact number where you can be reached for further discussion or to make an appointment. Thank you.


Antonio M. Eiroa, President: In 2005, I was elected as full-time President of AFSCME Local 1542 and since re-elected for each term.  Originally from Terminal Operations for 17 years in the Aviation Department  and a total of 33 years within Government service. My major in Miami-Dade College North was in Broadcasting Operations and Aviation Administration.  I have successfully completed the Supervisory Training course that Miami-Dade County offers. I have served as a trustee on the Executive Board of Council 79 for 6 years and on our local Negotiating CBA Committee.  I am currently on the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and part of the Executive Board of LCLAA – “Labor Council for Latin American Advancement” and AFSCME Local 1542- Chair for P.E.O.P.L.E. Email: / Office: 305-885-3909 (Voice Mail) / Cell: 305-905-5914.


Efrain Montano, Vice President: Elected to the position of Secretary Treasurer of AFSCME Local 1542 in 2009 and re-elected; originally from Terminal Operations employed by Miami Dade Aviation since 1996. I graduated from Miami Dade College with an AA in Business Administration.  At Miami Dade County I have successfully completed the Supervisory Training course and continue to take courses offered. I have completed through AFSCME International a certification on Secretary Treasurer and continue to pursue financial courses. I served as the Chair of PEOPLE – Public EmployeesOrganize to Promote Legislative Equality from 2009 through 2012 for AFSCME Local 1542 and in 2010 served as the Sargeant at Arms for the AFSCME International Convention.  I have served on the Negotiating CBA Committee. As a veteran of the United States Navy, I am very proud to have served and support our men and women in service and military families.  Email: / Office: 305-885-3909.


Gary Feeney: Gary attended Long Island University Brooklyn Center from 1972-1976. A member of the United Auto Workers (UAW) NYC from 1977-1981. He started working at MIA in 1981 with Air Florida as a Supervisor of In-flight-services, assumed Manager’s position in 1983 until 1984. Gary continued in the same capacity from 1984-1988 when Midway Airlines  purchased Air Florida. In 1989  he began his County Service at MIA until present. Gary has been a faithful Union (AFSCME 1542) member since 1989. Email: / Phone: 305-885-3909.

Executive Board Members of Local 1542:


Yoel Lopez-Villazan, Recording Secretary: Phone: 305-885-3909.


John Fiocchi: A union member of AFSCME 1542 since 1994; I was elected to serve on the Executive Board as an Executive Board Officer in 2005 and re-elected.   I was hired by Aviation in the BMC Shop of Maintenance and transferred to the FIDS (aka Tech Shop in 2001); in 2013 I was promoted to Senior  Technician. I graduated from Miami Dade Collage with an AA in Business and attended two years in Lindsay Hopkins Technical School where I obtained my FCC First Class License. I have been on the Negotiating Team for our CBA and on the Radio Usage Committee. Email: / Phone: 305-876-7455.


Johnny Jonekins: I began my County Career in 1987 in the Maintenance Division and currently the lead-worker within my shop of Mechanical Maintenance. I graduated in North Miami High; attended Miami Dade College, and a license Mechanic. I have been a union member since I began working with the Aviation Department and I have 16 years as a union representative holding various positions including my current position of Executive Board Officer.  I am on the safety Committee Vehicle/Injury, Negotiation Committee and have been involved in the Maintenance Uniform Committee. Email:  / Phone: 305-876-7338.



Dorrell Price: Elected to serve with AFSCME Local 1542 as a trustee in 2009 and since have been re-elected; I began my County career in 1978 as an Airport Specialist. Currently, I am a Senior Agent for the Gate Control in Airside Operations.I hold an AA in Aviation Management from the University of Belize and I am a certified pilot. I have served on the Negotiating CBA Committee for our local and on the attendance policy committee.  Email: / Phone: 305-876-7075.

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Steve Kovacs: I was elected to serve with AFSCME Local 1542 as a trustee in 2009 and since re-elected. I began my Aviation career in 1983 working for a ground service company and later was hired for Miami Dade Aviation in 1989.I am a Senior Agent with Advance Planning & Scheduling, Aircraft Gate, Cargo, and Apron Control for Airside Operations and completed the County’s Supervisory Training.  I have served on the CBA Committee for our local and on the attendance policy committee.  Email: / Phone: 305-876-7358.

Shop Stewards:

Airside Operations:  Arnold Interiano Sr. & Orville Porter

Maintenance. Mechanical Shop: Peter Anglin

Maintenance, Mobile Garage: Ray Woodard

Maintenance, Electrical Shop: Christopher Gruber 

BMC/ Video  Shop: Angel Cabrera

PLB Shop: Robert Horton

Terminal Operations: Pamela Coney and Corneise Weaver

Landside Operations: Leonel Rojas and Alan Tapia

Member Action Team:

Team Captain & Safety: Alexis Dominguez

Union Committees

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - Aviation Local 1542 (Aviation) is involved and addressing your concerns. As a Union Member you know have representation by the following Committee Appointees:



Primary - Johnny Johnekins

Alternate - Tony Eiroa



Primary - Efrain Montano and Tony Eiroa

Alternate: Johnny Johnekins, John Fiocchi


Health & Safety:

Tony Eiroa & Efrain Montano


Accident Review:

Primary - Johnny Johnekins

Alternate - Tony Eiroa


Cross Familiarization: Tony Eiroa, Efrain Montano, Pam Coney and Jimmy Spry


Local 1542 Web Page Coordinator: Efrain Montano


Operations Uniform Committee:  Johnny Johnekins, A. Eiroa and Gary Feeney


Landside Operations Committee: Rebecca Paneca, L. Rojas, Efrain Montano


Aviation Budget: Efrain Montano


Contract Negotiating Team: Tony Eiroa, Efrain Montano, Johnny Johnekins, Gary Feeney


If you have any questions or issues that you would like to be addressed in any of these committees, please contact the appropriate Union person.

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