APRI Saddened By Death of Leon Lynch, Former APRI National Board ChairmanTuesday, May 8, 2012
(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 USWís 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 unionís civil rights and human rights efforts. He also chaired the unionís 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, ďA Celebration of LifeĒ 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 Leonís memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.