IAM Activist Doug Curler Wins Community Service Award

Milwaukee Local 66 Secretary-Treasurer Doug Curler receives the 2010 Werner J. Schaefer Labor / United Way Community Service Award in recognition of his many years of work as a community volunteer and labor activist. Left to right: Mary Lou Young, President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Doug Curler and Lynn Sprangers, co-chair of the Milwaukee United Way campaign.

Long-time IAM and community activist Doug Curler of Local 66 in Milwaukee, WI was honored with the Werner J. Schaefer Labor/United Way Community Service Award, acknowledging the thousand of hours he has spent in service to fellow citizens and fellow union members.

Curler has held the office of Secretary-Treasurer for Local 66 for over 15 years, and served as the Financial Secretary for LCLAA from 2001 through 2005. He also worked for several years as field mobilizer, a labor liaison for the Milwaukee Area Labor Council, United Way and the AFL-CIO Community Services Department.

“Anyone active in the Milwaukee Labor Community knows the name Doug Curler,” said Local 66 President Patricia Elizondo. “He is ever present at rallies, be they political, or a cause important to Milwaukee or as a show of solidarity to other unions.”

A Vietnam veteran, with a son who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Doug was also instrumental in getting Local 66 involved with the Veteran’s Administration in Milwaukee and participating with events and causes that support veterans.

“Doug also keeps our members educated on politics and the importance of voting for politicians that support issues important to labor,” said Elizondo, who noted that Curler was awarded the IAM’s Robert J. Kalaski Award in 2008 for outstanding service in union communications. “He manages our website and newsletter and does an amazing job at communicating with our members.”

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