Steve Nickel was appointed to the IAM Midwest Territory staff as a Special Representative on August 1, 2006. He became a Grand Lodge Representative on August 1, 2007.
Prior to his appointment to the Midwest Territory staff, Nickel was the Assistant Directing Business Representative of IAM District 10 in Milwaukee from 2004 to 2006. He held the position of Business Representative from 2000 to 2004. Nickel became an Apprentice Organizer for the IAM Organizing Department in 1999.
A second-generation IAM member, Nickel worked as an Erector Assembler at Beloit Corp. in Beloit, WI from 1979 to 1999, where he joined the IAM. He became a member of Local Lodge 1197, District 68 and served as Union Steward, Bargaining Committee and Committee Chair, Safety Chair, and as a member of the Organizing Committee.