Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 562’s David Holmes honored by St. Louis Board of Aldermen

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SERVICE HONORED: St. Louis Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed and the St. Louis Board of Aldermen honored David L. Holmes, organizer/lobbyist for Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562 (center, holding proclamation), on the occasion of his retirement Nov. 21. Holmes has been a member of Local 562 for 41 years and was recently elected president of the St. Louis City Labor Club.

Elected president of St. Louis City Labor Club

David L. Holmes, longtime member and organizer/lobbyist for Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 562, retired last month, but he’s not slowing down.

Holmes was recently elected president of the St. Louis City Labor Club.

Holmes joined Local 562 as an apprentice pipefitter in 1973 and worked outside for two years before going to work for Anheuser-Busch. He retired from A-B in 2008 and went to work for Local 562 as an organizer and lobbyist.

He saw the first fight against right-to-work in Missouri in 1978, and the most recent last year, and continues to fight for working families.

“It’s been a great experience,” Holmes told the Labor Tribune. “I'm proud to be a union member. “We have to keep labor strong to keep the middle class going and continue providing for our families. I’m going to be doing that now through the City Labor Club.”

Holmes and his wife of 34 years, Barbara, have three adult sons who work respectively as a teacher, a safety coordinator for Boeing and a Local 562 pipefitter.

The St. Louis City Labor Club meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Police Officers Association Hall, 3710 Hampton Ave. in St. Louis.

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