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Iron Workers Break Attendance Record at 5th Annual Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management Conference

Jan 30, 2012

LAS VEGAS - The Iron Workers Union and the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) welcomed more than 750 owners, contractors and ironworkers to Las Vegas Sunday morning to the Fifth Annual Iron Workers/IMPACT Labor-Management Conference. The conference consistently breaks attendance records year over year and provides a rich, interactive forum where owners, contractors and  ironworkers can share ideas in order to partner for success.

“IMPACT is a tremendous program, and I am very happy to see so much interest in this year’s conference,” said Walter Wise, general president of the Iron Workers Union and labor co-chair for IMPACT. “But this year, awareness of our programs is especially crucial as the Iron Workers Union and IMPACT make a commitment to Zero Fatalities in 2012. We promise to ensure that every single ironworker goes home safely to his family this year—and in the years to come.”

“Our strength as an organization lies in the incredible commitment to innovation by our  board of trustees, staff and partners,” said William Brown, CEO of Ben Hur Construction Company and management co-chair for IMPACT. “The level of interest we’ve seen in IMPACT this year is truly a testament to the value of our programs.”

Since its launch in 2007, the Iron Workers/IMPACT North American Labor-Management Conference has grown to become one of the largest—and most anticipated—conferences in the construction industry, thanks in large part to the guidance of its strong leaders and the commitment of more than 125,000 ironworkers throughout the United States and Canada.

“The conference is just kicking off, and I look forward to the productive conversations we’ve planned throughout the week,” said Eric Waterman, IMPACT CEO. Conference attendees will enjoy panel discussions with the Union’s general officers, never-before-offered breakout sessions on new technologies and industry issues, as well as a roll call of dynamic and engaging speakers, including politico Charlie Cook and retired 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps James Conway.

About the Iron Workers International: The International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (IABSO&RIW) was founded in 1896 in Pittsburgh, Penn. They now represent more than 125,000 Ironworkers throughout the United States and Canada. The IABSO&RIW’s mission is to improve the working conditions of its members while promoting constructive relationships with their employers to increase work opportunities.