Brother Jerry Abell is the new MTD Vice President following action taken during the MTD Executive Board meeting in San Antonio on March 9.
As per the department’s constitution, MTD President Michael Sacco submitted Abell’s name to fill the remaining eight months in the vice president’s term. (All three MTD officers stand for election for a four-year term when the MTD meets in convention October 19 and 20 in St. Louis.) The board approved Abell’s nomination with a unanimous voice vote.
Abell has been a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 25, Marine Division, since 1972. He followed in his father’s footsteps by beginning in the engine room as an oiler. By 1975, he had climbed the ladder to become an engineer and has worked in every state along the Eastern seaboard.
Following years as a shop steward on numerous projects, Abell became a Lead Dredgeman in 1983. He was elected to his local’s executive board in 1986.Twelve years later, he was appointed Business Agent for Local 25’s Tampa hall. In 1999, he was elected the local’s Vice President.
During his time as Local 25’s Vice President and Business Agent, he has served on the board of the Greater South Florida Maritime Trades Council and has attended numerous MTD conventions and executive board meetings.
In 2016, Abell was elected the President/Business Manager of Local 25, which is headquartered in New Jersey.
Abell said he and his wife of 34 years, Tami, “are the proud parents of two daughters and even prouder grandparents of two grandsons.”