January 17, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Buffalo, NY – When both the Buffalo and Niagara County Building & Construction Trades Councils reconvened this week for their first weekly meetings of 2017, a familiar and key face wasn’t there.
After doing the job for the past 34 years, Bill “Good Guy” Thompson is not the person keeping the books for these two Western New York Unionized Building Trades Organizations in the new year.
“They’ll both go ‘right down the tubes without me,’” Thompson joked during a recent interview with WNYLaborToday.com to discuss his retirement and long career in the Union Movement.
“Oh, they’ll be ‘okay’ without me. I’ll be around to help them (Ironworkers Local 6 Business Manager Tom Halligan in Buffalo and Ironworkers Local 9 Business Manager Scott Brydges in Niagara County are taking over Thompson’s duties in their respective Trades Councils). I’m ‘good about that’ – and that’s why they call me ‘good guy!’ And, I’ll be back for the Christmas party and the lunches. ‘I’m on a fixed income now you know,’” he said with a smile.
Thompson was a long-time Member and Business Manager with Road Sprinklerfitters Local 703 and then with Local 669 after it was merged into the Local back in 2001. He’s served as Recording Secretary-Treasurer with the Niagara County Trades Council since 1982 and with the Buffalo Council since 1983 – after almost 40 years with the Road Sprinklerfitters Union.
That streak, however, was slowed a bit by treatment he received for cancer in 2002, which he ultimately beat, before returning to the job that he’d grown to love over the years.