District 54 President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright Jr. has announced the retirement of DL54 Business Representative Jack Baker, effective April 1st, 2019.
“District 54 is immensely thankful to Jack for his work on behalf of thousands of IAM members in Ohio, West Virginia, and Northeastern Indiana,” said PDBR Wright. “From his work in representing our members and organizing efforts, Brother Baker served our members well. Jack is a true friend and unionist. We thank him for his service and wish him a happy retirement.”
Baker has been a member of the IAM since his initiation into Local Lodge 1297 in 1999 while working at Pentair Pump in Ashland, Ohio. Baker held various shop committee positions and served as President of Local 1297 for two terms. Baker joined the staff of District 54 as a Business Representative in 2008. He also served as a delegate to the Ohio State Council of Machinists (OSCM).
“It’s hard to believe this time came so fast. I have been very fortunate and blessed by the opportunity I was given,” said Baker. “The chance to defend workers and work with the shop committees has been an honor. Working with Dean and my fellow BRs has been a privilege. No matter what someone always had your back. I will always look back and cherish the memories.”
Thank you, Brother Jack!