APRI Saddened By Death of Leon Lynch, Former APRI National Board Chairman

APRI Saddened By Death of Leon Lynch, Former APRI National Board Chairman

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

APRI Saddened By Death of Leon Lynch, Former APRI National Board Chairman

(A. Philip Randolph Institute)The United Steelworkers (USW) is saddened to announce the death last Friday of
former International Vice President Leon Lynch, who retired in
2006.

Lynch joined USW Local 1011 in 1956 at the Youngstown Sheet &
Tube Co. mill in East Chicago, Ind., and quickly became a union activist. He
served on many local committees and acted as president of the YS&T federal
credit union. He was named a USW staff representative in 1968 and an
international.

Lynch served six terms as International Vice President
for human affairs. He was first appointed to that post when it was created by
the USW’s 18th constitutional convention in 1976. He was elected in 1977 and
reelected in 1981, 1985, 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2001.representative in
1973.

As International Vice President Human Affairs, Lynch oversaw the
union’s civil rights and human rights efforts. He also chaired the union’s
Container Industry Conference, where he was in charge of contract negotiations,
and the Public Employees Conference.

Lynch also served as a member of the
AFL-CIO Executive Council. He frequently represented the union and the AFL-CIO
in international labor matters and at conferences of the International Labor
Organization.

Active in many political and human rights organizations,
Lynch was a member of the executive committee of the Democratic National
Committee. He was chair and board member of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, an
organization named in honor of the late founder and long-time president of the
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, from 1990 until 2005. The institute,
founded in 1965, works for racial equality and economic justice.


A private service for former APRI National
Board Chairman, Leon Lynch, is being held in Gary, Indiana, and will be
restricted to family members only.  

In honor of his
years of service in the struggle for civil and human rights within the labor
movement, “A Celebration of Life”  gathering will be held from 11:00 a.m.
until 12 noon on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 in the first floor lobby conference
room of USW Headquarters, 60 Blvd of the Allies (5 Gateway Center), Pittsburgh,
PA. 

Cards of condolence can be sent to the family at the following
address:

Family of Leon Lynch
Attention -  Tina
Lynch
400-C McKnight Circle
Pittsburgh, PA 15237

Memorial
contributions in Leon’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.

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