Joseph Hunt, general president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, has announced that he will retire in February 2011.
Hunt, who has served as general president since 2001, will be succeeded by current Iron Workers General Secretary Walter Wise.
“I’m in good health, the good name of the union has been restored, and the leadership is in good hands. The time is right,” Hunt said. “I hope the mark I leave is that of unparalleled labor-management cooperation. We established the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust (IMPACT) shortly after I assumed the general president spot. Today I feel we are closer to our contractors than ever before in our history. And that has yielded positive results.”
“The economy is showing signs of rebounding and as it rebounds we intend to grow,” added Wise. “I have issued a challenge to our leadership to double our market share in the next 10 years. It’s an ambitious, but attainable goal.”