IAM activist Glen Powell found his life’s calling in 1970 when he began working as a Millwright Shop Steward for members of Local 1098 in Palatka, FL. Never afraid of hard work, Powell served in the U.S. Air Force and then thrived as an IAM representative, excelling in negotiating contracts, arbitrating cases and basic one-on-one representation.
Powell, 71, passed away in Palm Coast, FL, on November 23, 2010,
In addition to his work as a local representative, Powell became an effective political and legislative activist, rising through the ranks to become president of the Florida State Council of Machinists from 1976 to 1982.
Following his tenure in Florida, Powell joined the Grand Lodge staff in 1982. After a layoff, he returned in 1986 and worked as a representative in the Southern Territory for the rest of his career.
“Glen was a strong and respected representative for the members, and he was often given the tough, thankless jobs,” said Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez. “He would go in when locals or districts were in trouble, and would work to rebuild them into a stronger organization. Glen will be missed, but the IAM will always remember this good man who made our world a better place.”