IAM International Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31.
“Our great union will forever be grateful for the contributions of Phil Gruber,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “For more than four-and-a-half decades, Brother Gruber has served our membership with dignity, passion and skill. From the strike line to the negotiating table and everywhere in between, Phil has been the leader our union needs in the toughest of times. He is a true friend and I wish him and his family all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”
Gruber has been a member of the IAM since his initiation into Local Lodge 688 in October 1972. He became a Journeyman Tool & Die Maker in the spring of 1976. Gruber served Local 688 as Steward, Chief Steward, Treasurer and President. Gruber joined the staff of IAM District 9 in St. Louis as a Business Representative in 1987. In 1996, he was appointed to the position of Assistant Directing Business Representative, and subsequently became the Directing Business Representative on January 1, 2003.
On Jan. 1, 2004, Gruber was appointed Administrative Assistant to IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President James E. Brown, and succeeded Brown as the General Vice President of the IAM Midwest Territory on July 1, 2006.
“I’ve had the distinct honor and pleasure of serving some of the greatest members in the Labor Movement. For that, I say thank you. It has truly been an honor serving as your leader,” Gruber said.
District 9 Directing Business Representative Mark Conner said GVP Gruber has been a true friend and mentor of his and that he could not be prouder of the accomplishments Gruber has had throughout his 45 year tenure with the IAM.
“Thank you for your devotion to the IAM and members. You have without question, not only changed and improved the lives of Missourians, you changed the lives of tens of thousands of workers across our great country. On behalf of the entire District No. 9 family, we wish you and your family the best on your endeavors, as well as, a long, happy, and healthy retirement.”