Honoring the Fallen on Workers’ Memorial Day

Nearly 200 IAM members, family and friends gathered Wednesday to mourn and honor working people who have been killed, injured or sickened on the job this past year. The IAM Safety and Health Department hosted the annual Workers’ Memorial Ceremony at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD.

Watch: Workers’ Memorial Reaction

“This year we will add 26 more bricks to our memorial. Each one forever serving as a reminder of their lives and their service to our great Union,” said International President Bob Martinez. “Every time we lose one of our own, it cuts to the very core.”

“For the IAM, just one death on the job is too many,” said Martinez. “We will never rest, we will never stay silent and we will always be the voice for those who can no longer speak, thanks to a tragedy in the workplace. When tragedy does strike, like it did in Letterkenny, like it did in Aurora, like it did in Chattanooga, we will be there every step of the way.”

View: Photos of the Ceremony

“I ask that we pray not only for our fallen Sisters and Brothers, but also for their friends and families left behind to pick up the pieces,” said General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes. “Please pray for everyone here, that we can continue to go to work and come home to our families safe.”

Watch: Live stream of the Ceremony

Family, friends and fellow IAM Brothers and Sisters gathered to honor those who lost their life on the job last year:

  • Russell Beyer – Local 1202
  • Vicente Juarez – Local 1202
  • Allen Lowe – Local T6673
  • Richard L. Barnes – NFFE-FL 1429
  • Eric S. Byers – NFFE-FL 1429

Special Remembrance was given to the following:

  • Steven Ray Fowee – IAM CREST – HQ Safety & Health Dept
  • Guy L. Hall Jr. – Local 24
  • Anthony Bonds – Local 4
  • Frank “Pronk” Gatton – Local 4
  • Michael Kocinski – Local 4
  • Dan Holmes – Local I460
  • Rusty Staubs – Local I460
  • Benito Elizondo – District 10
  • Phil Neuenfeldt – Local 1916
  • Mabelle Poole – Local 773
  • Billy E. Stivers Sr. – District 27 Directing Business Representative
  • John L. Mendenhall – Local 845
  • Thomas Neace, Jr. – Local T6344
  • Richard “Richie” Pascarella – District 141 Assistant General Chair
  • Retired Assistant Secretary to the GST – Michael L. Dorsey
  • Retired Business Representative for Local 10 – Bill Eacho
  • Retired S/T-Educator for Local 731– Ernest Hartless
  • Retired Grand Lodge Representative – Karl Heim
  • Retired Communications Representative – David Stack
  • Wife of retired IP Tom Buffenbarger – Linda Margaret Buffenbarger
  • Brother of IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. – Vincent Martinez

The Workers’ Memorial Program was held at the IAM Worker’s Memorial on the grounds of the Winpisinger Center, in Hollywood, MD which was dedicated in 2001 to recognize and remember the union members who are no longer with us.