Matt Lienen Takes Over as New Business Manager
In an election that saw nearly one-third of our membership vote, Local Union 25 has elected a new Business Manager.
Matt Lienen, a 24-year union member, officially stepped down from his role as Training Coordinator on July 16 and was sworn in during the July 19 union meeting. He is now set to assume the responsibilities of retiring Business Manager Tom McCune, who has led our organization for the past nine years.
“I’m looking forward to new challenges — looking forward to working with members, contractors, the public and taking us to the next step,” Matt said.
Matt graduated from the University of Iowa in 1994 with a degree in communications studies. He originally intended to work in radio as a program director, but a part-time job at the university’s power plant sparked his interest in the skilled trades.
“When I was a sophomore, I started working at the U of I power plant as a janitor. Then they wanted me to start working in the water lab testing the chemical content of the water that goes to the boiler,” he said. “I did that for three years. Around the time of graduation, my best friend — who was an electrical apprentice — said to look into apprenticeships, so I looked into what used to be Local 387 in Davenport, applied and got in in 1994.”
After he completed his apprenticeship, Matt worked as a plumber. Eventually, he started teaching night courses for Local 25, which led to a nine-year stint as Training Coordinator. During that time, Matt spearheaded the initiative to implement day school at our JATC — a successful program that currently trains more than 180 apprentices.
“To have been a small part in the development of so many apprentices who became outstanding journeymen is something that I will be grateful for the rest of my days,” Matt said.
As the new face of Local 25, Matt is looking forward to the union’s bright future.
“I want to maintain the economic prosperity of the Local, ensure we do as much as we can to gain market share, keep the finances of the Local strong, maintain the strong benefits and keep the ship floating,” he said. “I want to thank Tom McCune for the opportunities he has given me in my career, and I want to thank the membership for this opportunity. I’m very much looking forward to working with them and continuing to move our organization forward.”
Instructor Chuck McKnight is set to take over Matt’s former position as Training Coordinator.