|Lynn D. Tucker, Jr.|
IAM International President Bob Martinez announced that Eastern Territory Chief of Staff Brian Bryant will succeed retiring Eastern Territory General Vice President Lynn D. Tucker, Jr., effective July 1, 2016.
Tucker, a 40-year IAM member, initiated into the IAM in 1976 while working for the Miller Brewing Co., in Fulton, NY. He quickly became involved in his union, serving as Shop Steward, Senior Steward, Local Lodge President and Vice President, and Vice President of the New York State Council of Machinists. Tucker was elected to serve as a District 137 Business Representative in 1986, then appointed to Eastern Territory Special Representative in 1989 and advanced to Grand Lodge Representative in 1991. Tucker became the Administrative Assistant to Eastern Territory General Vice President George Poulin in 1992 before being elected General Vice President himself in 2003.
“We’re all tremendously grateful to Lynn for his tireless advocacy on behalf of thousands of IAM members,” said Martinez. “From his work on the Seaway Task Force to his aggressive and innovative organizing efforts, Brother Tucker has always served our Eastern Territory members well. We thank him for his service and wish him a happy and healthy retirement.”
Brian Bryant initiated into the IAM in 1989 when he joined Local S6 while employed at Bath Iron Works in Bath, ME. A pipefitter by trade, Bryant became active in his Local Lodge serving on various committees and was elected Shop Steward, Trustee, and President of Local Lodge S6. He also served on the executive Board of the Maine AFL-CIO, and in 1998 was elected Directing Business Representative of District 4. In 2004, Bryant was appointed Eastern Territory Special Representative and in 2006 became a Grand Lodge Representative assigned to the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts, as well as shipbuilding and repair in the Eastern Territory. Tucker reassigned Bryant in 2008 to the Eastern Territory office in Cincinnati to handle all National Labor Relations Board activity for the territory. On July 1, 2009 he was appointed to the position of Chief of Staff of the Eastern Territory.
“Brian brings a wealth of experience and leadership skills to the position,” said Tucker. “As my chief of staff, his abilities were only overshadowed by his unending work ethic and dedication to the IAM and its membership. The future is in very capable hands.”