Director of National Transient Division calls end to 45-year career as ‘tankie’
AFTER A DISTINGUISHED 45-year career with the Boilermakers, AIP and Director of the National Transient Division (NTD) William J. Almond retired Aug. 1.
Intl. Pres. Newton B. Jones called Almond “a highly-respected union leader who has contributed greatly to this Brotherhood.”
Almond began building tanks in 1963, working for PDM and CBI. He joined the Boilermakers in 1964 and maintained his membership while attending college. During his 20 years with CBI, Almond was a tank builder, foreman, supervisor, and labor relations manager.
Appointed International rep for the NTD in 1983, Almond headed the NTD’s organizing efforts.
Intl. Pres. C.W. Jones appointed Almond AIP in 1989, Field Director in 1994, and NTD Director in 1996. From 1999 until 2008, Almond served as a trustee for the national pension, annuity, and health & welfare funds, and on the national apprenticeship committee.
Almond's three sons — Shon, Brian, and Billy — have also worked as Boilermakers.
Almond told the Reporter, "It’s been an honor to serve the men and women in this industry and to have had great relationships with business managers, contractors, and the entire Boilermaker organization.”