Brother Gene Ryan receives a plaque for dedicated service from Business Manager Terry Wright
Eugene L. Ryan was honored by Local 75 and the District Council Apprenticeship at the September Union meeting.
“Gene” Ryan joined the ironworkers local 75 in 1970 and became a journeyman in 1973
Gene worked some reinforcing but worked mostly structural. He worked a lot of structural and maintenance in the mines and smelters of Southern Arizona. Gene retired 1990 on a disability.
When the market in Tucson had deteriorated the local had two retirees dispatching on alternating weeks. One of the dispatchers quit so Gene volunteered to step into the position. He was later approached to become an organizer, so in 1995 he became an organizer for local 75. He divided his time between Tucson and Phoenix 2 days a week until a full time organizer was appointed in Phoenix.
Gene was instrumental in getting the apprenticeship in Tucson up and running again because the apprentices had been traveling to Phoenix for classes. Gene became a trainer for the Apprenticeship teaching COMET, OSHA, MSHA, and Subpart R classes to local apprentices and journeymen.
Gene has volunteered countless hours to the Union and Apprenticeship and is always there to help with apprenticeship classes, JIW training, and welding in Tucson. Thank you Gene for your dedication to Local 75 and to the Ironworkers Union.
”We have had our ups and downs in Tucson as has the whole state but I still believe unions do a better job of building America and we will prevail”.
Brother Bobby Lux receiving the plaque at the LU 378 JATC meeting
The California District Council Apprenticeship and the Bay Area Oakland LU 378 Jatc recently honored Brother Robert J. "Bobby" Lux at their meeting. Bobby has been a member since 1978.
President Bobby Lux has served for 15 years on the Local 378 JATC. The Local 378 JATC currently has 569 active apprentices and is one of the largest programs in the United States.
Bobby’s dedication and commitment to the Ironworker Industry was recognized with a token of appreciation at the July JATC meeting.
Local 229 recognizes two for their outstanding contributions
Local 229 and the District Council recently recognized Mr. Mike Platter and Mr. Joe Blair for their outstanding contributions to the Apprenticeship. Both men have been instrumental in securing donations of tools, machinery, and materials from the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station North of San Diego. With help from the Apprenticeship many items have been secured from the plant and in turn been distributed throughout the District Council to be used at the various training centers.
Joe Blair began his career in Phoenix AZ at Local 75 in 1977. He transferred into Local 229 in 1987. Joe was elected President of Local 229 and has served for two terms. He has also served on the Executive Board and Examining Board. Joe has worked at all aspects of the trade as an ironworker, foreman, and general foreman and is currently a job steward. Joe enjoys riding his Harley Davidson and walking in his spare time.
Mike Platter began his ironworking career in 1975. He became an instructor with Local 229 in 1996. Mike has worked at all phases of the trade as an ironworker, foreman, and general foreman. He has served on the Executive Board and attended the Ironworkers Convention in 2006. Mike is currently retired and when he isn’t helping at the new apprenticeship training center he is enjoys traveling, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Joe Blair, Business Manager Johnny Galvan, Mike Platter, Business Agent James Alvernaz, Apprenticeship Director Dick Zampa
Local 118, Reno, Nevada recognizes Mr. Reggie Brantley for his long time service to the Apprenticeship.
Mr. Reggie Brantley has been a member of Ironworkers Local 118 in Reno Nevada since October 1979. Reggie has been instrumental in enhancing and marketing the Ironworkers throughout his career by serving in multiple capacities within the local from Foreman, General Foreman, Organizer and most passionately as an instructor for Local 118 Reno location for over 15 years. Reggie has instructed all facets of our trade from OSHA outreach, reinforcing, structural, and welding obtaining his CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) certificate in 2010. Mr. Brantley retired September 1, 2007 although still conducts many of the safety certification classes for the local. It has been a great honor to have Reggie as a colleague and the Ironworkers are indebted for his time and wisdom devoted to our trade.
Ron Woodruff became a Journeyman Rodman in Local 416 in 1980 after graduating Cerrito College with a degree in Business. Along his career he worked in the field as a journeyman, foreman and a general foreman. He began teaching for the Apprenticeship part time in 1988 and went full time in 2004. He has been a highly effective and respected instructor. Along his long career Ron has attained nearly every Instructor Safety Training Certification available.
Over Ron’s career as an instructor he was known for never missing a work day. He also helped to design and apply curriculum and shape the hands on training at the Apprenticeship. Ron’s unique sense of humor and teaching style has impacted many ironworkers and we are grateful his service. We wish Ron a long and happy retirement.
In recognition of outstanding dedication and achievement, the Ironworkers Apprenticeship would like to thank and acknowledge Mr. William “Bill” Sarris.
Bill is a member of Local 377. He attended the Ironworkers Instructor Training program between the years of 1996 and 2005. He recently completed OSHA 500 and Green Training at the Benicia 377/378 training facility where he has been teaching the Qualified Rigger course. He also instructs and oversees the welding facility in San Francisco. Bill was recently honored by the District Council for his service to the Ironworkers. Thank you Bill for a job well done!