USW Local 6166

Trustee - Baltazar Flores

I hired on in the Smelter on January 9, 1989.  I worked there for about 2 years and decided it was time for me to move on and try the underground world.  I then moved on to the mines for the next 15 years.  I had the pleasure to work at all three mines.  I worked with a lot of very good people and learned a lot about the underground world.  It was an interesting time.

At that point, I decided it was time for me to get away from working shift work and transferred to the Tankhouse, as a Plating Tankman in the Refinery, where I spent the next 1.5 years.  I got to finally learn that being a plating tank man was not my job.  So, I decided to transfer back to the mines.

Five years later, I decided to join the Maintenance Department and transferred to the Rigger crew in the Shops and Transportation Department.  I spent the next four years doing all kinds of noteworthy jobs under the watch of Mike Fayant and Carl Hall.

Currently, I hold a bid in the Shops, under Service Support as a Mechanical Helper, where I hope to retire. 

I have been an activist for the last 18 years.  I have served as a Union Steward, Safety and Health committee person and Alternate Worker Safety Representative in the Shops.  

I look forward to working with the 2015 Executive Committee for my second term, our Divisional Health, Safety & Environment co-chair, the President and our members who serve on various committees.

STAND UP AND FIGHT

BF/cl cope 342

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