Recognized for years of activism and hard work were former Local 811 President, Tommy Abraham, and Doyle Black, a well-known lead agent and one of the activists responsible for helping to build Local 811 from the ground up.
“These men were always ready to help anyone that needed them,” said Sarah Monderoy, Secretary Treasurer for Local 811. “They were important early leaders of our local, and their influence will be felt for years to come.”
Tommy Abraham was the second president of Local 811, succeeding Jim Hott. He was instrumental in helping to set the tone and character of IAH, guiding thousands of Houston workers through their earliest experiences with collective bargaining and union activism.
Doyle Black served the members of Local 811 as a union activist and shop steward, as well as serving as a communicator for several years. Doyle was always quick to help organize any union event or rally.
Both retirees had 22 years of service with United and Continental Airlines.
Local 811 elected officers served as waiters and waitresses after welcoming the honorees to the luncheon. Current President Leroy Taylor recognized their years of service to their coworkers, and offered the sincere appreciation of the union and attendees.
Secretary Treasurer Sarah Monderoy, in addition to recognizing the new retirees, also thanked the membership of IAH for their continued support and funding for programs such as this. Honoring retirees is an important goal of Local 811 in 2016, and is directly funded by members at monthly business meetings, held on the first Wednesday of each month at the local lodge office. The monthly meetings are open to all members of Local 811.
The luncheon was organized by Treasurer Sarah Monderoy and Recording Secretary Roderick Lightfoot. Anyone thinking about retiring soon is encouraged to contact Sarah at 973-978-8779, so that plans can be made to celebrate the upcoming retirement.