Cory Wallace began his journey in the labor movement when he initiated into IAM Local 778 in Kansas City, MO in May 2007 as an Assembler-Adjuster Special Precision at Honeywell, FM&T.
As an active member of IAM Local 778, Wallace assisted in several organizing campaigns, including Praxair, Nestle, Whitman Air Force Base and Lund Boats in 2012, Senior Flexonics in 2013, and Olin Winchester and Boeing South Carolina in 2015.
He also served as Shop Steward, Communicator, and Sentinel Conductor before being appointed as Secretary-Treasurer in 2014.
Wallace is a delegate to the Missouri and Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO Central Labor Councils.
Wallace chairs the Community Service, Organizing, and Legislative Committees for his Local and organizes fundraising events such as bingo night, car shows and raffles for Guide Dogs of America/Tender Loving Canines and the Machinists Non-Partisan Political League.
Each year, Wallace coordinates community service projects as part of the IAM Midwest Territory’s H.E.L.P.S. program. He helps to donate backpacks filled with school supplies to the Jackson County Court Appointed Special Advocates and helps Kansas City Parks and Recreation clean up along the Indian Creek Trail.
Other community service events included collecting diapers for the Hope House battered women’s shelter, cooking and feeding the homeless at Hope Faith Homeless Day Center, and donating non-perishable food to City Union Mission, a men’s homeless shelter.
Wallace served in the U.S. Navy from 1999 to 2003. After completing boot camp, he began training as an Electricians Mate (EM) at Navy A School in Great Lakes, IL, where he earned his Electrician Certification. Wallace was stationed at Naval Base San Diego, also known as 32nd Street Naval Station. As an EM, he was tasked with operation and maintaining and repairing the electrical systems and equipment aboard the ship. He completed two six month west pack tours on the USS Tarawa (LHA 1).
In 2005, he attained an associate’s degree in automotive technology and holds a government security clearance.
Wallace is a second-generation IAM member whose father, Lee Wallace Jr., also worked for Honeywell, FM&T, and retired after 30 years of IAM membership.