IEC elects Fultz to succeed
INTERNATIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, Northeast Section, D. David Haggerty will retire May 1 after nearly six years as an IVP and a Boilermaker career spanning four decades. He will be succeeded by CSO Executive Director John Fultz.
The changes were announced March 6 by International President Newton B. Jones during the Construction Sector Operations conference in Marco Island, Florida.
Haggerty, who was elected by the Boilermakers’ International Executive Council (IEC) just prior to the convening of the 32nd Consolidated Convention in 2011, was reelected by delegates to that convention as part of the Proven Leadership Team.
During the 33rd Consolidated Convention, IVP Haggerty chaired the Constitution and Law Committee, a position of extreme importance, as the committee is charged with processing numerous resolutions aimed at modifying the Boilermakers’ governing document. He was again re-elected IVP-NE by delegates to that convention as part of the Proven Leadership Team.
In the summer of 2014, Haggerty represented the Boilermakers union in support of the United Mine Workers of America as they marched in Pittsburgh to oppose job-killing EPA regulations aimed at closing coal mines and coal-fired power plants. His activism on the front line of the march resulted in his arrest, along with that of other labor leaders like UMWA International President Cecil Roberts. Largely symbolic, the arrests nevertheless sent a powerful message of solidarity, demonstrating that organized labor stands together to resist injustice and attacks on the livelihoods of union workers.
Haggerty began his career in the construction trades in 1974, working for his father at the Yorktown Oil Refinery in Virginia while attending Virginia State College, majoring in Industrial Arts Education. He became an apprentice in 1977 through Local 45 (Richmond, Virginia), graduating as a journeyman in 1980.
In 1984, he was elected president of Local 45. He also served as an assistant business agent from 1984 through 1988. He was elected business manager/secretary-treasurer for the lodge in 1993. In 1998, he was appointed as a safety rep for MOST (Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization, and Training), a position he held until his appointment as Director of National Construction Agreements in 2006.
As D-NCA, Haggerty represented the interests of the union across a range of labor-management agreements involving construction trade unions and contractors.
As the Boilermakers representative, he participated in processing grievances involving multi-trade jurisdictions, among other responsibilities.
Haggerty currently serves as a trustee on the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust, a position he’s held since 2011. He was also a trustee on the Boilermakers National Annuity Trust from 2012 to 2015. He has held the designation of Special Assistant to the International President since January 1, 2009.
“David has served this organization with distinction and greatly contributed to the lives of our members,” said IP Jones. “He has helped guide the Northeast with demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity. These are important qualities for a leader. While we will miss having David as a part of the leadership team, we wish him a well-earned retirement.”
Haggerty said that his time working with the Boilermakers provided lasting friendships, and security and stability for his family. “When I started in 1974, my goal was to make my dad proud and not embarrass him,” he said. “I did not even dream that someday I would become an officer of this great organization. It has been an amazing journey. I am forever grateful to all the Boilermakers who helped me along the way.”
Fultz leaves newly-appointed ED-CSO, AD/AAIP posts to become IVP-NE
WITH HIS ELECTION to succeed Haggerty as IVP-NE, John Fultz will relinquish his staff positions as Executive Director – Construction Sector Operations and Assistant Director of Administrative Affairs of the International President effective May 1.
He received both appointments effective Jan. 1 upon the retirement of Kyle Evenson.
Fultz retains his positions as trustee and secretary on the boards of the Boilermakers National Health and Welfare Fund and the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust. He also continues to serve on the Joint Committee on Administration for the National Funds.
Like Haggerty, Fultz has a Boilermaker career spanning four decades. He became an apprentice with Boilermakers Local 175, Oswego, New York (now Local 5, Zone 175), in 1974 and graduated as a journeyman in 1978. He worked in the field until 1997, when he became BM-ST of L-175.
In 2004, Fultz became a Construction Division International Rep while also working as L-175 BM-ST. He moved to a full-time rep position in 2008.
In 2009, Fultz was appointed Assistant Director-CSO and was designated Assistant to the International President. In 2016, he was designated Special Assistant to the International President.
“John stood out as the right person to fill the role as Vice President of the Northeast,” said IP Jones. “He is well-respected, and he already has strong relationships with the members throughout the region, as well as with our contractor and owner communities. We know he will be an excellent addition to the leadership team.”
Fultz noted at the recent CSO conference, “I’ve been a Boilermaker a long time. That’s the only thing I’ve ever done. I’m proud to serve this organization. It will definitely be a challenge to fill David Haggerty’s shoes, but we’ve got a good crew in the Northeast. David is one of my greatest friends in life. I’ve known him 20 years. I wish him well.”
IP Jones announces other CSO staff changes
WITH THE RETIRMENT of IVP Haggerty and election of ED-CSO Fultz, IP Jones has announced a number of staff appointments in the Construction Division.
Effective May 1, Mark Vandiver will become ED-CSO, and Mike West will assume the role of Director of the National Transient Division (D-NTD)/Assistant Director – Construction Sector Operations. Shon Almond will succeed West as Assistant Director – National Transient Division (AD-NTD).
Other appointments include: Jeffrey Hughes, Director of National Training Services/AD-CSO; Timothy Simmons, Director of National Recruitment Services/AD-CSO; Martin Stanton, Director of Jurisdictional Services/AD-CSO; and Eugene Forkin, III, Executive Director of the Quality Control Council of the United States/AD-CSO.