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A salute to Rick

As everyone knows Richard Passarelli is retiring in January after 32 years with the company and has served the last 20 years serving the union and its members with the last 10 years as the Business Manager of Local 18007.

Rick started out at Central shop in the Distribution Department but spent the majority of his time at South Shop in the Service Department.

Rick started our Veteran’s program which has employed veteran’s within the company along with growing our membership. To date, there have been over 500 veteran’s to graduate from the program. The knowledge that Rick brought to our local has made more of an impact than he will ever realize.

Thru the contract negotiations and management changes, Rick has stayed consistent with his priority being the local and to make sure he was doing everything in his power so that we remain “union strong as brothers and sisters”.

We are losing an asset that cannot be replaced but we know he will be there if we need him!  “At the core, labor unions are working men and women, unified as one force. Despite any personal differences that may exist between us, we have banded together to protect and improve the lives of workers.

We rise up together for the greater good. We defend one another like family.”  Rick will always be a part of our brotherhood and we wish him nothing but the best on this next journey he is going to embark upon.

In Unity, President Tim Jaroch