Brothers and Sisters,
I hope all is well with you and your family as you’re reading this communication. I just want to update you on a few things that have been happening with Local 612. Ernie Evans is now in retirement mode and doing well I might say. I will be taking over his unexpired term as Business Manager of Local 612 as of March 1, 2017. I’m honored and humbled to represent you and look forward to the challenges that come before us. I will continue the imperative efforts of Local 612’s progressive ways of organizing and the representation of (YOU) our members.
For those of you that don’t know me, here’s a little history about me with Local 612. I’m a 33-year member and first generation Operating Engineer. I’ve worked mostly in the field as a Crane Operator/Oiler in the Crane Rental Industry. I was first hired on staff as Dispatcher in June, 2003 and then put on a Grant through the International as an Organizer in late 2003. I became a Field Agent in 2006 and after a few years in the field I returned to Dispatch because of the recession in 2009. I continued in Dispatch until we hired Greg McClure in 2013 when work started getting better. I returned to the field as a Representative and stayed there until I took on this very Prestigious and Honorable position to represent the membership as Business Manager.
On the Executive Board side of things, I was nominated in 2004 to the Executive Board District 1. In 2011 I was nominated for Treasurer to fill the unexpired term of Tim Haugen and then nominated in 2014 to fill the unexpired term of RCS and Trustee of Earl Liss.
I’m proud of my journey through the ups and downs that we all experienced and remind myself every day where I come from and that I represent the Best of the Best in the industry and proud of it.
Again, I want to wish Ernie Evans a long and fun filled retirement in the next chapter of his life wherever the fork in the road takes him.
Take care everyone and see you at the next Union meeting.
Todd J. Mickelson