IAM Local S6 Members Raise Over $30,000 to Honor the Memory of Peyton Brewer-Ross, Member Lost in Lewiston Tragedy   

BATH, Maine, Nov. 3, 2023 – In the wake of a senseless mass shooting that claimed the life of esteemed IAM Local S6 member Peyton Brewer-Ross and 17 others, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Local S6 (District 4) members launched a heartwarming initiative to commemorate Brewer-Ross’s memory and offer support to his loved ones. Through an extraordinary show of unity, IAM Local S6 members came together to raise over $30,000, a testament to their deep affection and respect for Brewer-Ross. The funds raised will provide crucial assistance to Peyton’s partner and young daughter during this difficult time.

Brewer-Ross, a 40-year-old BIW employee and a five-year member of IAM Local S6, graduated from a rigorous apprenticeship program in 2022, a testament to his dedication and commitment to his craft. His contributions as a member of the Local S6 Education Committee were invaluable, demonstrating his genuine concern for the welfare of his fellow workers. Brewer-Ross’s compassionate nature, humor, and good-heartedness made him a beloved addition to the union’s family of representatives and committee members.

“The IAM stands united with the city of Lewiston and the entire state of Maine in mourning this tragic loss. Peyton, a dedicated Bath Iron Works pipefitter, was an integral part of the IAM family and an exceptional community member,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. “The outpouring of support and compassion from his colleagues is remarkable.” 

“Peyton will be remembered for who he was, a kind, upstanding member of our community,” said IAM Local S6 President Christopher Williams. “His love of cornhole, wrestling, and comic book heroes made him a colorful character to be around. All those caught up in this tragedy have been left with a painful void. Our hearts and thoughts are with everyone impacted, especially Peyton’s partner and young daughter. We will grieve his tragic passing and mourn with all who knew him, but we will remember him for his kindness, compassion, and strong character.”

“Peyton’s contribution to Local S6 and Bath Iron Works has been invaluable, and his loss is deeply felt within our union and the broader community,” said IAM Resident General Vice President Brian Bryant, a Local S6 member and former Bath Iron Works pipefitter. “The IAM stands united with the people of Lewiston during this difficult and trying period. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of all the victims, including our own Peyton Brewer-Ross. We will be there for the families, community, and our members in every way needed today and into the future.”

“As we reflect on the life and contributions of Peyton Brewer-Ross, the strength of the IAM community’s response to this tragedy demonstrates the power of unity and compassion,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President David Sullivan, also a Local S6 member and a former Bath Iron Works employee. “Peyton’s memory will live on in the hearts of those who knew him, and the funds raised will provide crucial support to his family during this challenging time. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all the victims, and we stand together as a community in the face of adversity.” 

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is one of North America’s largest and most diverse industrial trade unions, representing approximately 600,000 active and retired members in the aerospace, defense, airlines, railroad, transit, healthcare, automotive, and other industries.

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