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Jim Coglin, Bladensburg shop steward & board member: 1971 | by Washington Area Spark
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Jim Coglin, Bladensburg shop steward & board member: 1971

James “Jim” Coglin, a shop steward and executive board member of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Bladensburg garage, is shown at union officer installation ceremonies in January 1971.


Coglin would later hold a series of meeting with key union activists in 1976 with the intent of challenging incumbent president George Davis in the elections scheduled for December of that year.


However, Coglin died before nominations took place and Davis won the election unopposed. It was a mixed blessing for Davis since he rarely visited worksites except at election time—and since he had no opponent, he didn’t visit them in 1976.


Three years later he was beaten by a better than 2-1 margin by Charles Boswell who had never held an elective office in the union.


For a blog post on the turmoil in the D.C. transit union from 1974-80, see


For more information and related images, see


The photographer is unknown. The image was donated by Craig Simpson.


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Taken in January 1971