May 8, 2017
By Silver Krieger
New York, NY – James Mahoney, General Vice-President of the Iron Workers International, has a long history of union service as well as a family history of the same, and will be honored by LaborPress on June 1st at its annual LaborPress Leadership Awards.
He came into Local 580 in 1982, and before him, his father was a Teamster and a union rep. His mother’s entire family comes from the Steamfitter’s Local 638. A graduate of Cornell’s Labor Study Program, he was elected Recording Secretary of Local 580 in 1993, and Business Agent in 1996. In 2009, he became Business Manager, and in 2015 he was appointed General Organizer for the International. He became President of the New York District Council of Iron Workers in 2015, and in October of 2015 he was appointed Vice-President of Iron Workers International. He is also on the Executive Board of the NYS Building Trades, and Executive Board member and Financial Secretary-Treasurer of the NYC Building Trades. He’s on the Executive Board of the NYS AFL-CIO and the Executive Board of the NYC Central Labor Council.
About his time in the union, he says, “I love representing working people. I believe working people are what’s great about America. I love being in the Iron Workers because we’re the best.” Achievements that he is proud of include the fact that the membership more than doubled during his tenure, and his strong support of immigrant rights.
He’s received many awards, including the New Equity Leadership Award in 2016 from the Nontraditional Employment for Women, the 2016 Movement Builder Award from ALIGN, the 2011 Construction Skills Building Futures Award, the Trinity Services for the Elderly Leadership Award in 2007, and the Emerald Isle Immigration Center Man of the Year Award in 2006.
He lives in Long Island with his wife Larissa, and his three children Ryan, Nadia, and Caitlin.
Of his LaborPress Leadership Award, he says, “It’s a great honor to receive an award among such distinguished guests, and anytime you are recognized in the labor community to be honored with your peers – and never forget they are your peers – it’s the best honor you can get.”