The IAM mourns the loss of IAM Local 623 Directing Business Representative Colleen Murphy-Cooney in St. Cloud, MN. Murphy-Cooney passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2019 after a more than year-long bout with cancer. She was 60-years-old.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we mourn Colleen’s passing,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “Colleen has been a member of our family for more than 40 years. She was more than a friend to many of us. She was our sister. Anyone who knows her knows she was a fighter and dedicated trade unionist. She worked hard on behalf of IAM members in St. Cloud – all the way to the very end. Please keep her family, IAM Local 623, and all those affected by this tragic loss in your prayers during this difficult time.”
Colleen initiated into IAM Local 623 in March 1979 while working at Electrolux in St. Cloud, MN. She worked there for 30 years before being elected as a Business Representative for former IAM District 165. Murphy-Cooney was elected Directing Business Representative of former IAM District 165, now unaffiliated IAM Local 623, in June 2013.
“The Machinists Union has lost a true leader for justice in the workplace,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “Sister Colleen’s dedication to fight for rights and recognition for women and all workers has left its mark on the IAM, and will always be remembered.”
Colleen is survived by her husband of 25 years, Tim, their four children and four grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Daniel Funeral Home located at 1010 2nd St. N., St. Cloud, MN 56303. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.