Brother Wardle joined IAM Local Lodge 1020 in August 1978, when he went to work as a Journeyman Diesel Mechanic at Pacific Intermountain Express in Salt Lake City, Utah. Six months later Mike was elected Chief Steward and served in several other Local Lodge positions and various other committees for the IAM before he was elected to the position of Local Lodge Business Representative effective January 1, 1990. When his Local affiliated with the new Rocky Mountain District Lodge 86 in 1994, (Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana) he served as Business Representative, Administrative Assistant, and President/Directing Business Representative. Mike was appointed Grand Lodge Special Representative in January 1999, and then Grand Lodge Representative in July 2000, by Western Territory General Vice President Lee Pearson.
Mike serves the Western Territory membership with servicing responsibilities in Utah, Idaho, and Montana. He is also the coordinator for the Automotive, Non-Ferrous, Can, and Pension Sectors and has experience in Contract Negotiations, Organizing, Benefits, and Dispute Resolution.