Roseanne Holley, aide to five secretary-treasurers, retires from Southwestern Illinois Building Trades Council

ROSEANNE HOLLEY with former secretary-treasurer Dale Stewart at a celebration of her retirement from the Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trades Council. – Labor Tribune photo

Collinsville, IL – Roseanne Holley walked into the offices of the Southwestern Illinois Building and Construction Trade Council in 1994, and since then has served five secretary-treasurers over 29 years.

And on Aug. 10, the leaders of the trade council gathered at the Steamfitters Local 439 hall in Caseyville to celebrate her career and bid her good luck as she goes into retirement.

Current secretary-treasurer Eric Oller called Holley “my boss.”

“I don’t know what I would have done without you,” he told her. “You’ve been a lifesaver.”

Oller pointed out that “many generations” had benefited from Holley’s long service. One of his predecessors, Dale Stewart, echoed the sentiment, pointing out all the ways Holley kept the office functioning through money problems and crises. Stewart served as secretary-treasurer from 2005 to 2018, but served on the council since becoming the Teamsters Local 525 delegate in 1974.

“She took care of all of you guys,” Stewart told the council. “She’s been a blessing… she really will be missed.”

Holley said she hasn’t made any plans for her retirement yet, which takes effect on Sept. 1.

“It’s been my honor to work for all you guys,” she told the council. 

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