IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway has announced his retirement, effective Jan. 1, 2024.
Galloway began his membership in IAM Local 459 (District 77) in 1986 as a brewer at the Stroh Brewery Company in St. Paul, Minn. During his 11 years at Stroh’s, Galloway served as Union Steward, Bargaining Committeeperson, and Bargaining Committee Chairperson. He also served as an Executive Board Member of IAM Local 459 and as District 77 President.
In 1998, Galloway was elected District 77 Business Representative. In 2007, he was elected as District 77 Directing Business Representative.
Galloway also served the membership of District 77 as Chairman of the Machinists, Tool and Die Apprenticeship Committee, Trustee on the St. Paul Auto Dealers Trust Fund, Chairman of the District 77 Health and Welfare Trust Fund, Organizing Director, and Vice President of the Minnesota State Council of Machinists.
Galloway was appointed to the IAM Midwest Territory staff as a Special Representative in 2008. He became a Grand Lodge Representative for the IAM Midwest Territory in 2009 and was appointed Chief of Staff to General Vice President Philip J. Gruber in December 2016. As Chief of Staff, he implemented the IAM Honoring, Engaging, Lifting, Providing, and Servicing (H.E.L.P.S.) program. Galloway became IAM Midwest General Vice President in 2019. Just two months into his tenure, he mandated mental health training for all Grand Lodge Representatives, Business Representatives, District and Local Lodge leadership, and Stewards. Galloway is leading the IAM’s efforts to find new ways to grow our union and develop the next generation of union leaders and activists.
“It’s been an honor to serve alongside each and every IAM member in the Midwest Territory and throughout our union,” said Galloway. “I have so much respect for the men and women on the frontlines in the fight for respect and dignity for working families. Retirement is a stage of one’s career that many individuals strive for and what we fight for every day. During my term as Chief of Staff and GVP, we’ve secured a number of strong contracts over the years. I want to thank all of the DBRs and Business Reps for their hard work, support, and working with my staff as a team to accomplish all that we’ve been able to accomplish these last seven years in this territory. I want to thank my fellow members of the Executive Council for their support in my efforts toward creative ideas and re-setting the trajectory of our union. We are well on our way towards a new chapter for the IAM.”