In May 2015, Robert D. Walls was appointed to the IAMAW Grand Lodge staff as a Special Representative for the Woodworkers Department, and, in January 2018 Brother Walls became a Grand Lodge Representative.
Walls has been an IAM member since the Woodworkers affiliated with the IAM in 1994 and served as a shop steward and business representative in his hometown Local W33 in International Falls, MN. He was appointed District W3 Business Representative in February 2000 and has served as the district’s Assistant Directing Business Representative since 2009.
Brother Walls was appointed to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Resource Committee (SFI) in December 2015, is a Forest Products Industry National Labor Management Committee Co-chair since February 2016, and, as of May 2017 acts as the representing member for the Machinists Wood, Pulp & Paper Council on the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC.) In October 2022, at the Building and Wood Workers (BWI) Congress, Brother Walls was elected as Vice President of BWI’s North America Region.