|IAM General Vice President Diane Babineaux, left, Automotive Director Boysen Anderson, second from right, and International President Tom Buffenbarger, right, present retired IAM District 15 Assistant Directing Business Representative Mike Walsh, second from left, with the first-ever R. Thomas Buffenbarger Journeyman Award.|
IAM District 15 Assistant Directing Business Representative Mike Walsh, a 47-year IAM member, was awarded the first-ever R. Thomas Buffenbarger Journeyman Award at the 2013 IAM Automotive Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
“I must thank International President Buffenbarger and IAM Automotive Director Boysen Anderson for their kindness and retirement gift,” said Walsh, who retired from the IAM this summer. “They are not just friends but true Brothers in every sense of the word. Thanks again my Brothers.”
Walsh was presented with a crystal award and a gold IAM watch to commemorate his service.
“This symbolizes what you have been, not only in your career, in your skill and profession, but in your role as a representative for this union,” Buffenbarger said before presenting Walsh with the award. “You are a true journeyman. You never complained about anything and you did your job. Many people live a little better today because of you.”
“Mike’s commitment, self-sacrifice and dedication are a true inspiration to all of us here at District 15,” said District 15 Directing Business Representative Jim Conigliaro, Sr. “We could not be any more proud of him.”