Local 229 recognizes two for their outstanding contributions
Local 229 and the District Council recently recognized Mr. Mike Platter and Mr. Joe Blair for their outstanding contributions to the Apprenticeship. Both men have been instrumental in securing donations of tools, machinery, and materials from the decommissioned San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station North of San Diego. With help from the Apprenticeship many items have been secured from the plant and in turn been distributed throughout the District Council to be used at the various training centers.
Joe Blair began his career in Phoenix AZ at Local 75 in 1977. He transferred into Local 229 in 1987. Joe was elected President of Local 229 and has served for two terms. He has also served on the Executive Board and Examining Board. Joe has worked at all aspects of the trade as an ironworker, foreman, and general foreman and is currently a job steward. Joe enjoys riding his Harley Davidson and walking in his spare time.
Mike Platter began his ironworking career in 1975. He became an instructor with Local 229 in 1996. Mike has worked at all phases of the trade as an ironworker, foreman, and general foreman. He has served on the Executive Board and attended the Ironworkers Convention in 2006. Mike is currently retired and when he isn’t helping at the new apprenticeship training center he is enjoys traveling, golf, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Joe Blair, Business Manager Johnny Galvan, Mike Platter, Business Agent James Alvernaz, Apprenticeship Director Dick Zampa
Local 118, Reno, Nevada recognizes Mr. Reggie Brantley for his long time service to the Apprenticeship.
Mr. Reggie Brantley has been a member of Ironworkers Local 118 in Reno Nevada since October 1979. Reggie has been instrumental in enhancing and marketing the Ironworkers throughout his career by serving in multiple capacities within the local from Foreman, General Foreman, Organizer and most passionately as an instructor for Local 118 Reno location for over 15 years. Reggie has instructed all facets of our trade from OSHA outreach, reinforcing, structural, and welding obtaining his CWI (Certified Welding Inspector) certificate in 2010. Mr. Brantley retired September 1, 2007 although still conducts many of the safety certification classes for the local. It has been a great honor to have Reggie as a colleague and the Ironworkers are indebted for his time and wisdom devoted to our trade.
Ron Woodruff became a Journeyman Rodman in Local 416 in 1980 after graduating Cerrito College with a degree in Business. Along his career he worked in the field as a journeyman, foreman and a general foreman. He began teaching for the Apprenticeship part time in 1988 and went full time in 2004. He has been a highly effective and respected instructor. Along his long career Ron has attained nearly every Instructor Safety Training Certification available.
Over Ron’s career as an instructor he was known for never missing a work day. He also helped to design and apply curriculum and shape the hands on training at the Apprenticeship. Ron’s unique sense of humor and teaching style has impacted many ironworkers and we are grateful his service. We wish Ron a long and happy retirement.
In recognition of outstanding dedication and achievement, the Ironworkers Apprenticeship would like to thank and acknowledge Mr. William “Bill” Sarris.
Bill is a member of Local 377. He attended the Ironworkers Instructor Training program between the years of 1996 and 2005. He recently completed OSHA 500 and Green Training at the Benicia 377/378 training facility where he has been teaching the Qualified Rigger course. He also instructs and oversees the welding facility in San Francisco. Bill was recently honored by the District Council for his service to the Ironworkers. Thank you Bill for a job well done!