Brothers and Sisters,
Exactly one year ago today, we all lost our Leader, a friend, and mentor to many. He served us faithfully as Maintenance Division Director for seventeen years. Steven G. Raymer was a genius, tough negotiator and a subject matter Expert of APWU contract and Handbooks. He was a focused leader, diligent to a fault and always, I mean always willing to help all of us. He is well respected by both sides of the negotiating table.
Steve slept, lived and breathed Maintenance. He lived his life without reservations or regrets. He held his tongue for NO ONE, even before Arbitrators. Steve was a Big Brother, a Mentor and Confidant to me, to the entire Maintenance Council, and to other Union Activists, and members across the Country.
Steve loved Nancy his beloved wife of over 35 years very much. He loves his children dearly. So much more like all of us who are grandparents, he adored his grandchildren. His retirement plan was simple: The location must be within 50 miles radius of the Grand Children.
Steve you served your Country well, Steve you served your Family well, and Steve you served your Union brothers and sisters well. SEMPER FI (Always Faithful). We Salute you. Happy Father’s Day! Rest in peace my Friend!
Idowu Balogun, APWU , Maintenance Division Director ,Washington DC
First Name: Idowu
Last Name: Balogun
Union/Local: Greater Los Angeles Area Local
Office held if any: National Director, Maintenance Division