VP Lindell K. Lee Named Secretary-Treasurer
January 28, 2008
IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill has appointed, and the International Executive Council has confirmed, Eleventh District Vice President Lindell K. Lee as International Secretary-Treasurer, effective March 1, to fill the term of Jon F. Walters. Brother Lee comes to Washington after serving as Eleventh District Vice President, where he has represented IBEW members in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. During his 40-year IBEW career, he has shown a strong commitment to promoting the Brotherhood and growing its ranks.
“He has been a real leader in building the IBEW while in the Eleventh District, and under his stewardship the IBEW will see continued growth,” President Hill said. “I am pleased that Brother Lee will be bringing his considerable talents to Washington, D.C., to serve the membership as a whole. I am certain he is the right man to shepherd the Brotherhood through the challenges of the next few years.”
Lee was initiated into Kansas City, Mo., Local 124 in 1969, after four years in the U.S. Navy. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in business management from Webster University in St. Louis.
After working as an inside wiremen for several years, he became active in the local, successfully running for executive board in 1981.
As business manager from 1993 to 2002, Brother Lee focused on organizing, increasing the local’s market share. He also served as trustee and chairman of the local’s health and welfare, pension annuity, 401(k), holiday and vacation trust funds and the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee.
Brother Lee was also active in the Kansas City labor movement, serving as president of the Kansas City Buildings Trades, and on the executive boards of the Kansas City Labor Council and the Missouri State Building Trades.
In 2002, he was appointed International Representative, servicing construction locals in Missouri. He also served as the Eleventh District organizing coordinator.
In 2005, he was appointed as Eleventh District Vice President to replace William Eads, who retired. During his tenure, Lee took an active role in organizing throughout the district, winning a big victory last year when he helped organize more than 150 production workers at Milbank Manufacturing Co., in Concordia, Mo. He was elected to a second term by delegates at the 2006 International Convention.
He also played an important role in mobilizing labor on behalf of the senatorial campaign of Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2006.
“He has big shoes to fill, but I’m confident that Brother Lee has what it takes to carry on the tradition that has been left by Jon Walters, Jerry O’ Connor, Jack Moore and others,” said President Hill.