March 20, 2012 - Issue: Vol. 158, No. 46 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 2nd Session
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] [Page E390] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING THE CAREER OF WILLIAM J. PIENTA ______ 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 endeavors. ____________________