HONORING THE CAREER OF WILLIAM J. PIENTA; Congressional Record Vol. 158, No. 46
(Extensions of Remarks - March 20, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
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                           HON. BRIAN HIGGINS

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                        Tuesday, March 20, 2012

  Mr. HIGGINS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the remarkable career 
of William J. Pienta, the United Steelworkers District 4 Director.
  Bill began his forty-one year career as a labor leader in my Western 
New York Community working at the former Allegheny Ludlum steel mill in 
Dunkirk, NY as an electrician. He became a union activist in 1970 and 
eventually was elected President of Local 2693.
  Throughout Bill's career he tirelessly represented the working 
families in the public and private sectors of organized labor. He 
joined the USW International staff as an organizer in 1990 and was 
appointed Director in 2004.
  As Director of USW District 4, Bill was responsible for all USW 
activities in New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode 
Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and the island of 
Puerto Rico.
  In addition to his duties as director of USW District 4 Bill held 
elected positions in multiple labor organizations. He severed as a Vice 
President of the Buffalo, NY Central Labor Council and as Secretary to 
the Western New York Area Labor Federation. Additionally he represented 
the USW as a Vice President of the New York State AFL CIO. He was also 
a director of the New York State Workforce Development Institute, Inc 
and was a member of the Univera Advisory Board.
  Mr. Speaker, it is with pride that I am able to honor Bill Pienta on 
an exemplary career and celebrate his retirement. I thank him for his 
service to our community and wish him the best of luck in his future