St. Louis – The Greater St. Louis Labor Council’s new President Pat White, (top photo, from left) was administered the oath of office by retiring President Bob Soutier and received congratulations from Soutier and the Council’s Executive Board (bottom photo) at the board’s regular monthly meeting Jan. 15.
White, a business representative for Gas Workers 11-6 is a 26-year union member and was the unanimous selection of the executive board when Soutier announced he plans to retire this year.
Looking ahead to what promises to be a challenging legislative session in Missouri, White recently told the Labor Tribune labor has some big challenges ahead.
“The biggest is helping non-union workers, political and business leaders and the community-at-large understand who we really are and how unions and union members play an essential role in the viability of our communities, our state and our nation,” White said. “That, in itself, will not be an easy task.”
Soutier is retiring after nine years as council president and 43 years as a machinist, 35 of them as an organizer and business representative for Machinist District 9. Soutier will serve as a special consultant to the president until his official retirement on April 1.
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