IAM International President Robert Martinez, Jr., has appointed Jon Irvine from Woodworkers Local W130 and District Lodge W24 as an Education Representative at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD, effective July 1, 2022.

“I am proud to appoint Jon to the Winpisinger Center,” said Martinez. “He brings a wealth of relevant and practical knowledge to the Center and has been involved from the ground up in organizing and servicing. I know his knowledge and experience will be put to immediate use to the benefit of our membership.”

Irvine, a 12-year member of the IAM, comes to the Winpisinger Center with strengths in collective bargaining and organizing. He has organized workers in professions as diverse as law enforcement, government, healthcare, transportation, and timber product manufacturing.

“Organizing and growth are critical to our future,” said Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner. “Jon has been involved in multiple organizing efforts, and he will be able to bring that experience into the classroom. He has also bargained contracts and argued grievances, which will contribute to our programs that teach collective bargaining and steward training. We are confident that Jon will make an impact on the union’s up-and-coming leadership.”

Irvine became Shop Steward for his department in 2013, Camp Shop Steward in 2014, Secretary-Treasurer in 2015, and Local Lodge President in 2017. He also represented the IAM on the Washington State Central Labor Council as Recording Secretary (2016-2017) and currently serves as chair of the Central Oregon Chapter of the Oregon AFL-CIO.

Irvine has also served the State of Oregon on the Governor’s Workforce & Talent Development Board (2019-2021); the Oregon Employment Department Modernization Taskforce (2020-2021); the Oregon Forestry Resource Institute (2019-present); the Eastern Oregon Workforce Investment Board (2019-present); and the Clackamas Workforce Investment Board.

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