January 2012

Iron Worker Appointments and Retirements

Lee Worley Appointed General Organizer, then Executive Director of Apprenticeship and Training

Lee Worley was appointed executive director of apprenticeship and training, effective June 12, 2011. Lee Worley started his ironworking career in 1982 as a rodman, tying rebar in Local 416 (Los Angeles) on permit during the summers while attending Portland State University. Lee graduated from Portland State in 1986 and entered the apprentice program in Local 29 (Portland, Ore.) that same year. After a three-year term as an apprentice, Lee graduated from the apprentice program in 1989. Lee started as an apprentice instructor in 1991, and attended the annual Ironworkers Instructor Program for the first time. Lee went on to become a certified welding inspector (CWI) in 1996 at the annual program, and started as the apprentice coordinator for Local 29 and the Local 516 (Portland, Ore.) Lee attended the 1996 and 2001 conventions as a delegate to Local 29. From 2009 until 2011, Lee was the administrative coordinator for the Pacific Northwest District Council. Lee was appointed general organizer for the National Fund in May of 2011. General President Walter Wise welcomes Lee on board on wishes him well in his new position, while commenting, "I have total confidence in Lee's ability to perform up to the highest level and am certain of his abilities to lead the Apprenticeship and Training Department."

Steve Rank Appointed Executive Director of Safety and Health

Steven Rank was appointed executive director of Safety and Health on July 31, 2011. Steven became a member of Local 10 (Kansas City, Miss.) in December 1980, and completed his apprenticeship in Local 84 (Houston, Tex.) in 1984. In 1985, he transferred his membership back to Local 10. Steve is a qualified instructor for the National Ironworkers Instructor Trainers program. Steve served, from 1990 until 1998, as the vice president, national safety coordinator for the Ironworker Contractors Insurance program in St. Louis, Missouri; from 1998 until 2001, as the executive director of safety and health of the National Erectors Association; from 2001 until 2004, as the director, Safety Institute of the California Ironworkers Employers Councils; and from 2004 until present, as the director of the Western Region of the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT). General President Walter Wise stated, "I have total confidence in SteveÕs ability to perform up to the highest level expected of an executive director and would like all of you to welcome him on board."

Colin Millard Appointed General Organizer

Colin Millard was appointed general organizer, effective July 3, 2011. Brother Colin Millard started ironwork December 1, 1995 in Local 383 (Madison, Wisc.) He was initiated into the apprenticeship February 9, 1996, and finished his apprenticeship in October 1999. Colin has worked in all aspects of the trade, from tying bridge decks to erecting windmills. He was elected to the offices of trustee and examining board in 2002, and was appointed vice president in 2005. He was elected to the office of president in the fall of 2005, and began as an instructor in the apprenticeship program in 2006. In February of 2008, he assumed the role of business manager/financial secretary-treasurer. In April of 2009, he was hired by Local 8 (Milwaukee) as an organizer. In addition, he taught COMET and wind turbine erection for Local 8. In November 2009, he was appointed business manager of the newly chartered Pre-Engineered Metal Building Local 849 (Luck, Wisc.) by then 1st General Vice President Gordon T. Struss. In June of 2010, Brother Millard transferred his membership to Local 8. General President Walter Wise is pleased to welcome Colin on board as a general organizer and said, "Colin is forging the way in a new type of local for us and is a role model for emerging leaders in our organization."

Eric Bohne Appointed District Representative

Eric Bohne was appointed district representative, effective October 30, 2011. Becoming a second generation ironworker, Eric became a member of Local 712 (Vancouver, British Columbia) in 1985. Eric joined the apprenticeship program at B.C.I.T. in 1987, completed his apprenticeship and became a journeyman fabricator in 1990. He was chief shop steward at George Third & Son in 1995. In 1996, Eric became an officer in Local 712, then was hired as an assistant business agent in 1998. Eric also served as the local's apprenticeship coordinator and served on many area committees. In May 2010, Eric was promoted to business agent and was privileged to attend his first International Convention as a delegate in 2011. General President Walter Wise welcomed Eric to his staff stating, "Eric will serve his Canadian brothers and sisters well, focusing on the shop locals in Canada. He continues to carry on his family tradition proudly."

General Vice President Gordon Struss Retires

Gordon Struss, general vice president, retired effective June 30, 2011. Gordon began his career as an ironworker in 1965. He became an apprentice member of Local 512 (Minneapolis/St. Paul) in 1969. He served as business agent for Local 512 from 1984 until 1995, when he became business manager of the local. In April 1999, General President Jake West appointed Gordon general organizer to serve the North Central States District Council. On April 8, 2001, General President Joseph Hunt appointed Gordon general vice president.
Gordon retires after 45 years of service to his local and International. General President Walter Wise commented, "Gordon was a leader and role model on our general executive council. He was a leading champion for the rights of members of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. We applaud him for his many years of service and wish him a long and healthy retirement."

Executive Assistant to the General President Bill Tweet Retires

Bill Tweet, executive assistant to the general president, retired effective June 30, 2011. Bill Tweet served as executive officer of Local 229 (San Diego) since 1991, business presentative from 1991 to 1994, a delegate to the International Convention since 1986, and has been a member since 1967. On September 1, 2001, Bill was appointed general organizer. General President Joseph Hunt appointed Bill as the executive director of Jurisdiction and maintenance on November 3, 2003, and on January 1, 2007, he became the executive assistant to the general president, in addition to his duties. Bill has also represented the Iron Workers on various labor committees. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1967, and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the National Labor College. General President Walter Wise stated, "Bill has been a tremendous asset at International Headquarters and represented the International well on many various committees. We wish him the best in his retirement."

Executive Director of Apprenticeship and Training Mike White Retires

Mike White, executive director of Apprenticeship and Training, retired effective June 1, 2011. Mike began his apprenticeship in former Local 348 (Erie, Penn.) in 1966. He completed his apprenticeship in 1969, with two years of outstanding apprentice. In 1970, Mike received his certificate to teach vocational education in the state of Pennsylvania. He served as apprenticeship instructor and coordinator during the years of 1970-1989. General President John Lyons Jr. appointed Mike as acting general organizer to setup Iron Range training programs for ironworkers in Northern Minnesota in 1975, and work in the Apprenticeship and Training Department. In 1989, General President Jake West appointed Mike general organizer and assigned him to the Apprenticeship and Training and the Ironworkers National Fund. Mike was appointed the executive director of apprenticeship and training by General President Joseph Hunt in 2001. General President Walter Wise commented on Mike's retirement saying, "Mike has served the International well for over 36 years. His commitment and dedication to apprenticeship and training are unparalleled, and he will be missed."

Executive Director of Safety and Health Frank Migliaccio Retires

Frank Migliaccio, executive director of Safety and Health, retired effective August 1, 2011. Frank began his career as an apprentice in Local 201 (Washington, D.C.) in 1972. During the years of 1972 until 1987, Frank was an apprentice, journeyman, foreman, shop steward, and superintendent for various companies in the Washington, D.C. area. Frank served as the apprenticeship coordinator for Local 201 from 1985 until 1990. On January 1, 1991, Frank was appointed director of Safety and Health, and on November 20, 2000, became executive director of Safety and Health. Frank served as the chairman of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, appointed by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. "Frank has dedicated his career to promoting the safety of the ironworker on the job. He has worked tirelessly to make sure every brother and sister ironworker returns home to their family every night. I applaud him for his efforts, and want to continue the fight with our pledge to 2012 zero fatalities," said General President Walter Wise.