Bailey takes over Teamsters 205

| Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012

One of the area's largest labor union locals has a new chief executive officer.

Carl A. Bailey took office this week as secretary-treasurer of White Oak-based Teamsters Local 205, succeeding the retiring Bill Lickert Jr.

"In August, Bill surprised everyone when he decided to retire," Bailey said Tuesday. "Shortly thereafter, he said he wanted to support me."

Bailey, a business agent for the local for the past 10 years, assumes the principal office in a local with more than 3,000 members in seven counties.

He pledged to carry on a tradition established by Lickert and previously by the late Bill Lickert Sr.

"We're going to try to continue to grow and be the best union we can be," Bailey said, "and try to represent our members better than anyone else on the planet."

It's the first time in decades that the local will be led by someone other than a Lickert. William E. Lickert Sr., who passed away April 2 at age 90, was president of Local 205 for 36 years, retiring on Jan. 27, 2003.

William E. Lickert Jr. retained the title of secretary-treasurer after his father's retirement but had been the local's CEO ever since.

"I'm not family," Bailey said. "I was no way related whatsoever. I was surprised and kind of honored by it, too."

Bailey was elected as part of a slate that also includes new president John Winters, re-elected vice president Karan Rymarowicz, recording secretary Edward Boehme and trustees Glenn Johnston, Glenn Lynn and Dallas Nelson.

That slate was nominated without opposition Sept. 13 for terms that started officially on Sunday.

Bailey said no "earth-shattering" changes would happen.

Among the changes is the elevation of Boehme from a trusteeship. Along with Bailey he will be a full-time presence at the White Oak office.

"The recording secretary used to be a part-time position, but we hired Ed to be a full-time business agent," Bailey said.

In much of the Mon-Yough region Local 205 is a bargaining agent for municipal employees. In the city of McKeesport, for instance, the local represents four bargaining units including the police and public works employees.

In September, Allegheny County floated a proposal to reduce the number of 911 dispatch channels to enhance efficiency and coordination of mutual aid.

Bailey told Trib Total Media news exchange partner WPXI-11 that the change would have the opposite effect.

"We think it's going to be a severe officer safety issue," Bailey said. "Every officer I've talked to, the main concern is that issue."

Bailey is a retired McKeesport police officer and brother of state 45th District Sen. James R. Brewster, a former McKeesport mayor.

On Nov. 18, Bailey went with other Mon-Yough residents to petition the Legislative Reapportionment Commission not to move the 45th District to Monroe County.

He may have won one point despite a futile bid to change the LRC's decision.

Bailey pointed out that the plan originally approved for state Senate districts split up the Mon-Yough cities of McKeesport, Duquesne and Clairton. The final plan approved Dec. 12 kept those cities together in the 46th District covering the Mon-Yough area as well as much of Washington County.

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