Tom McCune To Be Inducted Into Local Labor Hall of Fame
Keynote speakers J.B. Pritzker, Democratic candidate for Illinois governor, and Rita Hart, Iowa State Senator and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, will kick off the Quad City Federation of Labor Hall of Fame at the 27th Annual East Central Iowa – Northwest Illinois AFL-CIO Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, October 12. The event honors the hard work and dedication of local labor leaders.
Two new inductees will be recognized during the event at the Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel in Davenport — Tom McCune, former Local 25 business manager, and Scott Verschoore, former IBEW Local 145 business manager.
Matt Lienen nominated Tom for induction into the Hall of Fame earlier this summer. “Tom had a long, rewarding career in our local, and he deserves to be recognized by his peers in the community,” Matt said. “Personally, I wouldn’t be where I am in my career without his leadership and mentorship, and I think the same can be said for many others who have furthered their careers through Local 25. We’re appreciative of all that he’s done.”
Tom’s career with Local 25 started in August 1979 when he was selected into the apprenticeship program. After completing four years of training and earning industry certifications, he embarked on more than two decades of foreman and supervisory roles with local contractors, in addition to teaching in the Local 25 training center. In 2006, Tom became Training Coordinator, and was elected just three years later to the position of business manager, where he remained until his retirement in July 2018.
“My philosophy was to build on what previous business mangers before me had accomplished for Local 25 members and contractors,” Tom said. “I worked very hard to try and make improvements, be progressive and be in the 21st Century with adopting new technology, new techniques and whatever was best for the members on the local level, and I think I accomplished that by the end of my term.”
Since his retirement, Tom has stayed active with Local 25 as a Trustee on the Health & Welfare Committee, and served as Grand Marshal during the 35th annual East Moline Labor Day Parade. He also remains involved with the local government as a member of the Rock Island County Public Building Commission, and has also enjoyed golfing, boating, renovating his home and spending time with his granddaughters.