Peter Demchuk is at the helm of the Baltimore Port Maritime Council. The IBEW Local 24 business manager succeeds Dion Guthrie who stepped down October 16 after 13 years as the PMC president.
Demchuk and his fellow officers – Vice President Guthrie and Secretary-Treasurer John Hoskins –were sworn in by MTD Executive Secretary-Treasurer Daniel Duncan at the council’s meeting.
The new president told delegates he looks forward to his new position. He said he plans to work closely with the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO (whose president, Donna Edwards, attended) and the Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO on projects affecting all union workers in the city and its surrounding communities. He looks forward to growing the port council.
Demchuk outlined a program to promote the hard-working men and women within the Port of Baltimore community. He noted the advent of offshore wind turbines and wants to make sure union members from the maritime trades, metal trades and building trades are involved. In addition, he thanked Guthrie for his decades of service to the council.
Delegates from AFSCME, IBEW, MEBA, SIU and UA took part in the October meeting.
Besides the officers, delegates approved the PMC trustees of Richard Kile, Klaus Luhta, Bill Van Loo and Daniel Zellers.
The Baltimore PMC received its charter in 1952.