Category: Staff

IAM District 54 Appoints Charles Pacheco as Business Representative

Charles Pacheco, Sr. will begin his appointed position as Business Representative/Organizer for District Lodge 54 effective February 1, 2020. Brother Pacheco was initiated into IAM Local Lodge 439 in 1976 while working in Cleveland, Ohio. He has held the positions of Local Lodge Vice President for over 15 years and served on the shop committee at Eberhard Manufacturing for over 25 years, including 18 years as Chief Steward. He has attended four (4) IAM Conventions, assisted in many successful District organizing campaigns and translating for our union. Charley will continue to serve as a Vice President to the Ohio State Council of Machinists, and Local Lodge Delegate to the OH AFL-CIO and North Shore Federation of Labor. In addition, he served District Lodge 54 as an Auditor and Human Rights Committeemen.

“Brother Pacheco brings a great deal of experience and will serve our membership in the Greater Cleveland area,” said President and Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright, Jr. as he announced the appointment during tonight’s District Lodge 54 Delegate Meeting held in Ashland, OH.

District 54 Mourns Passing of Retired Business Representative Jack Baker

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with regret and sadness that I inform you of the passing of Retired District Lodge 54 Business Representative Jack Baker. Jack passed away after a long illness on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at the age of 62. Brother Baker served the IAM for 10 years before he retired in February 2019. He is survived by his wife Debbie, seven children, and several grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Wappner Crematory located at 1327 Ashland Road, Mansfield, OH.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Grace Episcopal Church’s “Food Pantry” 41 Bowman Street, Mansfield, OH 44903.

Please keep the entire Baker family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult and painful time.

Fraternally yours,

T. Dean Wright, Jr.
President & DBR

IAM District 54 PDBR Dean Wright Appointed to Law Committee

IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. announced the appointment of District 54 President & Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright, Jr. to serve on the IAM Law Committee.

“Dean Wright’s experience and leadership make him a valuable member of the Law Committee,” said Martinez. “He will serve our 2020 Grand Lodge Convention delegates well.”

The IAM Law Committee is responsible for collecting, reviewing and proposing constitutional changes submitted to the IAM Grand Lodge Convention.

“Brother Wright’s appointment to the Law Committee will be a great benefit to our entire membership,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “He also brings a complete understanding of our constitution and its bylaws, which we undoubtedly rely on during the Convention.”

Wright began his Machinists Union career in 1983 as a member of IAM Cleveland Local 1297. He has held many elected positions within the union including Chief Shop Steward, Sergeant at Arms, Local 1297 Vice President and President. He also served as District 54 Vice President, Organizer and Business Representative. He advanced to the position of District 54 President & Directing Business Representative in 2004.

Wright currently holds the positions of President of the Ohio State Council of Machinists, Vice President of the North Coast Area Federation of Labor, Chairman of the Joint Seaway Task Force Local #3 and Vice President of the Ohio AFL-CIO.

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