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In Memoriam

We Mourn the Loss of BCTD President and IBEW Brother Mark Ayers

m_ayersThe IBEW, the Building and Construction Trades, in fact all of organized labor recently lost a valuable leader with the sudden passing of Brother Mark Ayers on April 8, 2012. Brother Ayers was the current sitting president of the Building and Construction Trades Department, a position he was unanimously elected to in 2007.
    Brother Ayers was a member of the IBEW hailing from Local 34, Peoria, IL. He was the business manager and financial-secretary for Local 34 as well as the co-founder and chairman of the Central Illinois Chapter of NECA-IBEW Local 34 Quality Connection and the secretary-treasurer of the West Central Illinois Building & Construction Trades Council. His leadership within his home local union garnered the attention of the International, where he was asked to serve as the director of the Construction and Maintenance Department and chair of the National Maintenance Agreements Policy Committee (NMAPC).
    Brother Ayers accumulated quite a long list of achievements throughout his career, but, most notably, was responsible for securing the IBEW’s work at all of the nuclear powerhouses around the U.S. His work has brought countless manhours to the entire IBEW membership and strengthened our Union immeasurably. In addition to his formidable leadership, Brother Ayers will also be fondly remembered for his sense of humor. Those who attended meetings led by Brother Ayers always enjoyed a dose of fun mixed in with the important and serious agenda at hand. He struck a perfect balance.
    The officers and members of Local 26 will miss Brother Ayers’ leadership and certainly, his friendship. We know the IBEW, indeed the entire labor movement, is better for having had Brother Ayers as one of our own.

Statement on the passing of Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades Department

April 9, 2012 -- It is with deep sadness that the Building and Construction Trades Department announces the sudden and untimely passing of its President, Mark H. Ayers, on April 8, 2012.

President Ayers was a labor leader of vision, innovation, passion and integrity, and it was through his leadership that North America's Building Trade Unions were on the path to success and increased market share for the union construction industry.

Although our hearts are heavy today, our spirits are lifted by virtue of the unsullied legacy of a working man who was grounded and guided to his core through the values that were instilled in him during this upbringing in Peoria, Illinios. Mark Ayers was a true trade unionist in every sense of the word, and it was through that commitment to bettering the lives of working families that he was able to offer so much to his country, his family, and the labor movment.