Retirement Celebration

Sheet Metal Worker’s Union Local 55 celebrated three retirements on Tuesday August 23 rd 2016, at the Roundtable Pizza Parlor for John Merk: Business Manager/FST, Marilyn Lee: Office Manager and recognition of former Business Representative Mike McClain.

John Merk has served as Business Manager and FST since 2011. John started his career in Sheet Metal working for Foster Sheet Metal in 1973. Along the way John also served as Instructor, JATC Coordinator as well as being the owner of Merk Sheet Metal for 10 ten years. John involvement on NW Pension Trusts, NW Health Trust and various Apprenticeship competitions will be valued for years to come.

On July 31, 2016: John retired to pursue a new career as an unpaid fishing guide and will require substantial practice before accepting clients.

Marilyn Lee started with local #242 in 1985 and has worked for locals #66 and #55 as our Office Manger.

Mike McClain served as Business Representative in the Tri-Cities area from 1998 through 2014. Mike served the membership in several negotiations, Tri-City JATC’s committee and was part of the local #55 merger and transition in 2009.  Congratulations John, Marilyn and Mike.