Pipefitters Local 533 is under new leadership following the retirement of Scott Grandon. Kevin Hendrickson, who has been a member for twenty-nine years, will take over as the newest Business Manager for the Pipefitters. Kevin has gone above and beyond in his service to the union, having spent nine years on the executive board, twelve years as a pension trustee, a three-year term as a savings trustee, and worked in the local training center for nineteen years. He has been heavily involved in one of the strongest unions in the area, to put it lightly. Hendrickson sat down the Labor Beacon to talk about the transition and his thoughts on the new role.
“I am so very thankful to be stepping into a position that was so well taken care of in the past. It’s made it easy to step into the position when there are so many healthy existing relationships. It is my highest priority to maintain and expand these relationships, both for our contractors and our community,” said Hendrickson. “Scott and I have a high level of respect. We have a long-time working relationship as well as a long, and strong, personal friendship. I am honored and thankful for the time he has spent working to think outside the box, working with various communities, and establishing relationships. It’s a pleasure to work with people who have worked with Scott. I am so fortunate to have good members lead the way. It has made the transition so much easier. I am so fortunate to have Luke and Tony on board with me, as well as Chuck. We have a great working relationship and are great friends. It’s a great relationship.” Ronald Talley, longtime Local 533 leader, will stick around for several months aid in the transition before retiring himself. When asked about the future of Local 533, Hendrickson said, “We are so excited for the future.”Published