Luther Williams was appointed Chief of Staff to IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway on January 1, 2019.
Williams initiated into the IAM in 1986 as a Nuclear Marine Machinist at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia. He became a member of then-Local Lodge 441, District 74 and served as Union Steward, Local Trustee, and District Delegate. Williams served on the Local 441 Organizing and Negotiating Committees and was a member of the Executive Board. He later began working as a District 74 full-time Organizer.
On September 1, 1999, Williams became the IAM Midwest Territory’s first Education Representative. On July 1, 2001, he was appointed to Special Representative.
Williams was appointed to the position of Grand Lodge Representative for the IAM Midwest Territory on on February 1, 2005, where he served 13 years until his appointment to Chief of Staff.
Williams, a native of Suffolk, VA, formerly served as the IAM Midwest Territory’s Human Rights Coordinator. He credits his ongoing fight for equality for all people to his mother Marie, a local Suffolk, VA civil rights activist. In 2011 at the inaugural IAM Human Rights Convention, Brother Williams was the first recipient to be presented the prestigious IAM Keeper of the Dream Award “For the unselfish persistence, dedication, and devotion to the preservation and continuance in the fight for Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Workers Rights for All People.”
Williams is the father of one son, Douglas. Brother Williams is a native of Suffolk, Virginia.
Williams is a 2005 graduate of The National Labor College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Union Leadership and Administration.