We are saddened to report that the labor movement lost a great leader on Easter Sunday. AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades Department President Mark Ayers died of a heart attack at age 63.
“Mark was a unifying force for not only the Building Trades, but the rest of the labor movement as well,” said IUPAT General President James Williams. “He was as bold in his decision-making as he was meticulous in thought. He made it clear that he proudly represented the working men and women of this country, and made no apologies to political leaders on both sides of the aisle when standing up for their interests. Without a doubt, he was remarkable in the way he led this group of labor leaders in some of the hardest times the AFL-CIO has ever seen.
“I was proud of him as my leader, but more proud to call him my friend. The thoughts and prayers of the men and women of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades are with Mark’s family.”