Bureau Of National Affairs
Carl Booker, an international vice president for the Laborers' International Union of North America, Nov. 11 was elected unanimously by the union's executive board as general secretary-treasurer. Booker will fill the remainder of the term of R.P. "Bud" Vinall, 74, who is retiring due to health reasons. Vinall, who has had a 57-year career with the union, was named general secretary-treasurer emeritus.
Booker, who also has been an assistant to General President Arthur Coia, was first elected by the board as a LIUNA vice president in 1995 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 1996 at the union's international convention. He has been a member of his hometown Local 795 in New Albany, Ind., for more than 30 years.
The board elected James Hale, LIUNA southeast regional manager, to fill the vice president spot created by Booker's advancement. Hale, a member of Local 386 in Nashville, was appointed regional manager in 1996. Coia also appointed Chief of Staff Terence O'Sullivan to serve as the new assistant to the general president. O'Sullivan has been chief of staff at union headquarters in Washington, D.C. since 1995.
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