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Monday, 21 November 2011 11:22

Harry Brown, a true labor leader.

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Last week the labor movement lost a true leader and champion of workers rights. Harry Brown passed away after a long, and difficult battle with cancer. He will be missed by his family, and all who knew him.

Harry Brown began his electrical career while still in high school, working summers as a groundsman. He entered the Inside Journeyman Wireman Apprenticeship program after graduating high school. In 1967, the second year of his apprenticeship, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country, doing a tour in Vietnam. After being honorably discharged in 1970, Harry continued his apprenticeship, finishing the program in 1973. While in the field, Harry worked as a Journeyman, Foreman, Project Manager, and Superintendent.

As a forty year member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 606, Harry served on the Executive Board, and was elected as Vice President, and then elected Business Manager in 1992. He continued to lead Local 606 as Business Manager for eighteen years until his retirement in 2010. Among some of Harry's achievements were serving on the Central Florida Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, President of the Florida Electrical Workers Association for eight years, President of the Central Florida Building Trades for eleven years, Central Florida AFL-CIO President for four years, Executive Board member of the Florida AFL-CIO and the Florida Building and Construction Trades Council, Chairman of the Craft Maintenance Council for Walt Disney Maintenance employees, and a member of the National Fire Protection Association for thirteen years , where he established fire protection codes for the entire country.

Although Harry's record of achievement was long and illustrious, what he was most proud of was his family and helping workers improve their lives and the lives of their families. Harry worked tirelessly for workers rights, to improve working conditions, and provide an avenue for workers to have a job with good pay, benefits and a retirement. Unfortunately, Harry was unable to enjoy the retirement he so richly deserved. I will never forget Harry Brown and how he changed my life and the lives of my family. His dedication for the labor movement, ensured that thousands of construction workers across Central Florida are treated with respect and dignity on the job. Harry Brown will forever be missed, as a friend, a union brother, a father, and a true labor leader.

 

Fernando Rendon

Labor Line

I would like to introduce a blog dealing with labor issues and how those issues affect all Americans in their daily lives. Labor Line will address the many factors that shape the labor movement including politically, socially and economically. I hope that this gives non-union members a better understanding of what those of us in the labor movement believe in, which includes respect and dignity on the job, a safe work environment and a living wage. The Labor Line blog will deal with labor issues and how those issues affect all Americans in their daily lives. Labor Line will address the many factors that shape the labor movement including politically, socially and economically. I hope that this gives non-union members a better understanding of what those of us in the labor movement believe in, which includes respect and dignity on the job, a safe work environment and a living wage.

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