Fred Morris, former Iron Workers 396 business manager, dies


Fred Morris, former business manager for Iron Workers 396, died Monday, June 10, in Arnold. He was 74.

Morris served as business manger from 1993 to 1996. He also served as financial secretary-treasurer from 1977 to 1993 and as president 1975 to 1977.

Funeral arrangements were unavailable at Labor Tribune press time.

Morris was initiated into Ironworkers Local 396 in September 1962. He served three years as an apprentice and became a journeyman in May 1965.

Morris first ran for office in 1972, when he was elected to the local’s executive board and as a delegate to the international convention.

Morris first ran for office in 1972. He was elected to the local’s executive board and also was elected as a delegate to the international convention. He also served as a delegate to the international conventions in 1977, 1982, 1987 and 1992.

Morris became president of Local 396 in 1975 and in 1977 appointed himself financial secretary-treasurer, a position he held until he was nominated and elected business manager in 1993.

Over the years, Morris became well known for his work at the negotiating table as well as his efforts to organize activities and fund raisers.

“He negotiated or was involved in the negotiating process for six collective bargaining agreements over the course of 18 years,” Ironworkers Local 396 President/Business Agent William A. Brennell said.

In addition to putting in countless hours and evenings after work for Ironworkers 396 and its members, Brennell said Morris also organized Ironworkers softball teams, organized the first Ironworkers bass tournament, organized an Ironworkers basketball team and helped with countless Ironworkers picnics.

“He was probably at six to eight meetings every month after work, where he was away from his family,” Brennell said. “He devoted a lot of time to his second family, the Ironworkers.”

A funeral was held June 14 at John L. Ziehenhein & Sons in South County with interment at Shepherd Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be sent to: S.R. Burzynski, M.D., PhD. 9432 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77055. Dr. Burzynski has had success with many adults and children suffering with Glioblastoma, and donations will help in research and clinical trials.

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