The MTD and all working people lost a good friend when IBEW Government Employees Director Chico McGill passed away on Sept. 27. He was 62 years old.
The Vietnam veteran came to the IBEW headquarters after serving as Business Manager of Local 733 which represents workers at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. While with Local 733, McGill played a major role in the eight-year fight to organize the Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, which finally occurred in 2000.
McGill was born in St. Mary’s County, Md. He worked with the AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department and was a co-founder of both the Federal Workers Alliance and the United Defense Workers Coalition. Prior to coming to Washington, he was a member of the Mississippi AFL-CIO executive board.
“McGill was one of a kind,” noted MTD President Michael Sacco. “He was totally dedicated to improving the lives of all working people.”
“Chico had a deep well of passion for economic and social justice for workers that was recognized by everyone who knew him,” stated IBEW International (and MTD Executive Board Member) President Edwin D. Hill. “He kept his sense of humor, but he never cut any slack to those who disrespected workers.”