April 21, 2016
By Labor News Services & WNYLT Staff
Beltssville, Maryland – The General Executive Board of the Operative Plasterers' & Cement Masons' International Association of the United States and Canada, AFL-CIO (OPCMIA) elected Daniel Stepano on Saturday (April 16) as its new General President, the Union announced.
Stepano – who will serve the remainder of the term of General President Patrick Finley, who passed away at home with his family on April 10th (2016), has faithfully served the International Association and its Membership at both the local and international levels, OPCMIA Officials said. Just prior to the April 2016 election, Stepano served as the Executive Vice President and General Executive OPCMIA Board Member – serving in these positons since June 1st, 2004. Stepano was elected to these positions at the 50th Convention in 2006 and 51st Convention in 2011. He’s also served as the Director of Organizing since January 1st, 2007.
General President Stepano said he “looks forward to working closely” with the officers, staff and Membership of the OPCMIA, its State and Provincial Conferences, and Local Unions. He said he “strongly believes that, by working together,” OPCMIA “can tap into the creativity, experience, knowledge and skills of our officers and Members to grow, develop and strengthen our organization for years and decades to come.”
Founded in 1864, the OPCMIA is the oldest Labor Organization in the National Building and Construction Trades. For more than 150 years, the International Association has led the way in providing the best representation for working Plasterers, Cement Masons and Shophands throughout the United States and Canada. The OPCMIA represents 40,000 Members nationally, 1,479 across New York State and 239 in Western New York. Read more