WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Henry F. Kramer, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), has announced his plan to retire effective December 31, 2016, after more than 8 years of service as an International Union officer, including nearly 7 years as Secretary-Treasurer.
A member of BAC Local 74 Illinois, and a third generation BAC member, Kramer joined the Union in 1974. Beginning in 1978, he served as Recording Secretary, then President of Local 74. In 1988, he became Business Manager, an office he held until his appointment by the International Union as an IU Regional Director in October 2005. From 1991 until his first IU appointment, he also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Illinois District Council #1.
In addition to his Local Union service, and role as a Regional Director, Kramer was an elected Regional Vice President to the BAC Executive Council, serving from 2000 to 2005. During this period, he played an instrumental role in the Union's strategic planning.
Beginning during his tenure as an Executive Vice President, Kramer had oversight of the Union's Field Staff and in that role has advanced the Union's strategic plans. In addition, as Secretary-Treasurer, Kramer has had oversight responsibilities for many of the International Union's financial and administrative programs and has been actively involved in shaping the IU's communication, publication, education, and government relations initiatives.
BAC President James Boland remarked "Henry has been a great partner to me and a great steward of the Union's financial and administrative interests. On behalf of our Union, I thank Henry for his counsel and perspective on the Executive Board, and for his nearly four decades of service to BAC. We all wish him a long, healthy and happy retirement."
The International Union's Constitution provides that in the event of a vacancy in the office of Secretary-Treasurer, the President shall appoint a successor to fulfill the remainder of the term. President Boland is pleased to announce that he is appointing BAC Executive Vice President Timothy J. Driscoll to fulfill the remainder of Henry Kramer's term, effective January 1, 2017.
Driscoll has held the position of Executive Vice President since February 2010. A second generation member, Driscoll joined BAC Local 3 Massachusetts in 1985. In 1993, he moved to the Washington, D.C. metro area and joined Local 1 Maryland/Virginia/D.C.
In 1995, Driscoll joined the IU's Government Relations department, and then as Assistant to the President. In 1999, he was promoted to the position of Director of Trade Jurisdiction. Driscoll is recognized throughout the building trades industry for his reasoned approach to issues and ability to solve problems and get things done.
Driscoll holds a BS in Economics from the University of Maryland, and is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
Said President Boland of the appointment, "Tim has excelled in every position he has held at the International Union, and I expect he will do the same as Secretary-Treasurer. I look forward to working closely together with Tim to maintain and advance our vibrant and strong Union."
BAC President Boland is also pleased to announce that he will appoint Carlos Aquin as an Executive Vice President to fulfill the remainder of Timothy Driscoll's term, effective January 1, 2017.
A second generation BAC member, Aquin served in the United States Marine Corps for several years prior to joining BAC Local 18 California in 1991. In 1995, Aquin became a member of BAC Local 4 California before moving to Las Vegas and becoming a member of BAC Local 3 Nevada and its successor Local 13. Aquin soon took on leadership roles in the Local, as Local 13's Compliance Officer in 2004, Secretary-Treasurer in 2005 and President in 2006.
Aquin is currently Director of the BAC Mountain West Administrative District Council, which has jurisdiction over Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and portions of New Mexico, and President of BAC Local 13 Nevada. In addition to his Local service, Aquin has been a member of the IU Executive Council for nearly 10 years.
As Executive Vice President, Aquin will have oversight of the Organizing and Trade Jurisdiction Departments.
President Boland said of Aquin's appointment: "Tim, Jerry Scarano and I are looking forward to Carlos joining us on the Executive Board. As a leader of our Union in right-to-work states, Carlos has vital experience in strategic and creative organizing; in reaching out to new members, working with community allies, and in retaining current members. In addition, as the son of Mexican and Costa Rican immigrants, Carlos will bring an important perspective to our Board as we continue to promote growth and diversity in our Union."
The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the oldest continuous union in North America and represents roughly 80,000 skilled masonry-trowel trades craftworkers in the United States and Canada, including bricklayers, tile setters, cement masons, plasterers, stone masons, marble masons, restoration workers, and terrazzo and mosaic workers.
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