International Association of Machinists (IAM) International President Bob Martinez has announced the appointment of IAM Local 778 Recording Secretary Brian Simmons to the position of Special Representative for the IAM Midwest Territory, effective Feb. 1.
“Brian’s drive, work ethic and passion to stand up and fight on the behalf of others is what being a Fighting Machinist is all about,” Martinez said. “He brings a lot to the table and will be a great addition to the Midwest Territory staff. We are fortunate to have leaders like him amongst our ranks.”
INSTRUMENTAL IN RTW FIGHT
IAM General Vice President Steve Galloway said Simmons has been instrumental in Missouri’s fight against so-called “right-to-work.”
“He knocked on doors to help gather letters to sustain the Governor’s veto of ‘right-to-work ‘in 2016,” Galloway said. “In 2017, he worked on the campaign that gathered 310,568 signatures to have the measure put up to a public vote.
“And in 2018, Brian was appointed regional field director for the ‘We Are Missouri’ campaign, a Missouri AFL-CIO effort which led to 67 percent of voters defeating ‘right-to-work’ in the state.
“On behalf of the IAM Midwest Territory, I’d like to congratulate Brian on his appointment and welcome him to the IAM Midwest Territory staff.” Galloway said.
Simmons initiated into IAM Local Lodge 778 in Kansas City, Mo., in July 2008 as an assembler-adjustor, special precision at Honeywell FM&T.
He has held the positions in Lodge 778 of steward, legislative committee chair, trustee and recording secretary.
Simmons has also been a delegate to the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, the Missouri State Council of Machinists, the Midwest States Council of Machinists, and the chair of the Greater Kansas City Union Veteran’s Council.
He retired from the Missouri Air National Guard on December 21, 2018 – after 20 years of honorable service.