David Pierce, Jr., financial secretary-treasurer of Local 6091, was killed on the job when he was struck by a rail car Friday, May 30. The accident occurred at the Waterloo, Iowa, facility of GE Rail Services during the movement of cars within the shop area.
Pierce, 48, started work at GE Rail Services after graduating from high school in 1978. He had been a carman for over 22 years; his involvement in the union included serving as Chairman of the local Board of Trustees and then, for the past 10 years, as FST. In addition to his work with the union, he was an umpire with the IBL, the Iowa Baseball League. “Dave was a dedicated union rep who will be missed terribly by all of his friends and co-workers,” says Carmen Division General Vice President Carl Tingle. “We express deepest sympathy to his family.”
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Kimberly, two sons, Benjamin and Christopher, and a daughter, Elizabeth, all of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Also surviving are his father, David Sr., his maternal grandparents, a brother and a sister. A memorial fund is being established. Condolences can be left at www.DahlFuneralHome.com.