IAM Honors Retired Activists


Retired DBR John Capobianco is presented with 60-year membership certificate and pin from International President Tom Buffenbarger and General Secretary-Treasurer Warren Mart.

If the labor movement in America has a “greatest generation,” then retired IAM members John Capobianco and Dick Cummings deserve to be in its forward ranks, decorated with respect and appreciation for the decades of service they have given to the cause.

Retired DBR Dick Cummings was honored at the Michigan State Council of Machinists meeting for his twenty years as state council president.

At a recent meeting of the Michigan State Council of Machinists, International President Tom Buffenbarger and General Secretary-Treasurer Warren Mart honored Dick Cummings for a 45-year IAM career that included 20 years as president of the Michigan State Council in addition to active service at every level of the IAM.

Initiated into IAM Local 218 in October of 1966, Cummings’ IAM career included service as a District 60 Business Rep from 1978 to1984 and Directing Business Rep from 1984 to 1996.

Long-time IAM activist John Capobianco was similarly honored for six decades of service to IAM members during the annual meeting of the New England Council of Machinists in Portsmouth, NH. Capobianco headed District 170, formerly District 64, for many years.

“The IAM and its members are very fortunate to have activists like Dick Cummings and John Capobianco in our ranks,” said GST Warren Mart. “We honor them for the depth of their commitment, as well as for their years of service.”