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International Operating Engineer - Fall 2018

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The quarterly magazine of the International Union of Operating Engineers

In Memoriam IUOE

In Memoriam IUOE Remembers Giblin and Coutts THE ENTIRE IUOE family mourns the recent passing of former General President Vincent J. Giblin and former General Secretary-Treasurer Budd Coutts. Dedicated trade unionists and strong leaders, both men made lasting contributions to the International union that will be felt for many years to come. Giblin, a 54-year member, served as General President from March 2005 until his retirement in November 2011. He previously had served as General Secretary-Treasurer starting in 2002. Vincent J. Giblin He began working in the stationary engineering trade in 1964 in his home local union, Local 68 in New Jersey. He was elected business manager of the local in 1975 and held that position until 2004. He was also a graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union Program. Giblin was elected an International Vice President in 1989, a position he held until his election as General Secretary-Treasurer. In addition, he served as president of the Northeast Conference of Operating Engineers and chaired the IUOE Stationary Committee. Outside of the IUOE, he served in various capacities on myriad government and industry endeavors, including the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and the New Jersey Department of Labor’s Office of Boiler Pressure Vessel Compliance. He also served as chairman of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority and Chairman and Board Member of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. Devoted husband of Patricia Giblin; loving father of Vincent Giblin and his wife Paula, Denise Costanza and her husband Joseph, and Dennis Giblin and his wife Stephanie; cherished grandfather of Audrey, Brianna, Cameron, Isabella, Annabelle, and Brooks. Norman Budd Coutts, hailing from Local 955 in Alberta, marked his 60th year of IUOE membership last year. He served as General Secretary-Treasurer for nearly 13 years until his retirement in November 2002. Coutts initiated with lUOE Local 115 in British Columbia in 1957. He transferred into Local 955 in Edmonton four years later, rising through the ranks to become business manager of the local in 1971. He immediately developed and implemented numerous progressive programs, including the local’s Training Fund in 1971 and its Pension Fund in 1972. During his tenure, he presided over a several-fold increase in Local 955’s membership. Today, the Local’s Apprenticeship and Education Centre proudly bears his name in recognition. Coutts was elected an International Vice President in 1978, making him the youngest individual ever elected to that position. Four years later, he was appointed lUOE Canadian regional director. As General Secretary-Treasurer, Coutts oversaw many technological advances put in place at the International headquarters, advances that facilitated financial reporting and Budd Coutts membership listing requirements for local unions throughout the U. S. and Canada. Coutts is survived by his devoted wife and best friend of 58 years Joan; his son Cam (Tracy); daughter Yvonne (Maurizio); his five grandchildren Hannah, Anitta, Kyla, Eliseo, and Cairine. What’s your favorite holiday color? At Labor 411, we are partial to red, white and blue. Whether the gift is something to eat, wear, play with or just plain enjoy, that special present will always be measurably better if it’s American made. Filson clothes and bags Kauai Coffee Cutco knives Chateau Ste. Michelle wine Omaha Steaks Harley Davidson ‘Tis The Season! American Made Gifts for the Holidays It’s not always so easy to find a truly American-made gift. The list below contains some of your favorite union-made brands that are either 100 percent domestically produced or very close to it. These items are made by companies that treat their workers well. By hunting down these ultra-domestic products, you will bring a smile to the gift recipient, and also help strengthen the middle class. Jack Daniel’s whiskey Buffalo Trace bourbon See’s Candies Ghirardelli Chocolate Stanley Tools – American Heritage collection Turning Leaf wine 6 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER LABOR411.ORG FALL 2018 7

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