IAM Retiree Receives 70-Year Veteran Pin

Former IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Don Wharton, right, presents retired Grand Lodge Auditor Theron Black, left, with the IAM’s 70-Year Veteran award and pin for his many years of IAM membership.

Retired Grand Lodge Auditor Theron Black has received the Machinists Union’s 70-year Veteran award for his many years of service as an IAM member.

Former IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Don Wharton presented 94-year-old Black with his award and honorary pin.

“It was a pleasure to present Brother Black with his 70-year member pin in appreciation for his loyal service and contributions to the labor movement,” said Wharton.

Theron Black first initiated into the IAM as a member of Local 733 in Wichita, KS, in 1941. He worked as a Flight Line and Assembly Mechanic for the Beech Aircraft Corp., known today as the Beechcraft Corp. In 1942, he decided to serve his country by joining the military and served a four-year stint in World War II. Upon his return, Black held various union positions including Recording Secretary and Trustee. In 1961, he was elected Local 733 President. In 1963, he became District 70 Secretary-Treasurer. By 1969, he was appointed Grand Lodge Auditor where he served for 15 years before retiring in 1984.

“The 70-year IAM Veteran pin is not an honor often bestowed,” said IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Robert Roach, Jr. “It’s a rare achievement that deserves the highest recognition possible. The IAM thanks Brother Black for his many years of service and continued dedication to working families throughout America.”

“Congratulations to Theron Black on receiving the 70-year IAM Veteran pin – a lifetime achievement given for a lifetime of work,” said IAM International President Tom Buffenbarger. “May your many years of service continue to serve as a testament to all of us fighting the good fight. Thank you for all you have done.”

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