Longtime labor leader Robbie Hunter retires

On June 30, Robbie Hunter, State Building and Construction Trades Council of California president and friend of the Boilermakers, announced his retirement. Hunter has a long and storied career as an Ironworker for Local 433 and as a tireless advocate for working men and women. IVP-WS J. Tom Baca, who also serves as the financial secretary of the California Building Trades Council, said Hunter never shied away from a righteous fight or a worker in need. “Although the American labor movement is losing one of its strongest champions, Robbie is deserving of the same retirement we fight for every day for our members. Upon this bittersweet announcement, I told Robbie, who was the very best labor leader I ever had the privilege to work with, don’t look back except to smile.”