Brother Pendergrass was initiated as an apprentice member of Iron Workers Local 86, Seattle, WA in July 1981. He became a journeyman in 1984. Brother Pendergrass was elected as Vice President of Local 86 in 1997, and later as Executive Board member of the Local Union. He was elected as Local 86's Financial Secretary/Business Manager in 2000. In addition to his duties and responsibilities to Local 86, Brother Pendergrass was elected 2nd Vice President of the Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific Northwest in 2004. After serving four years in that position, he was elected 1st Vice President of the Pacific Northwest District Council. In July 2012, Brother Pendergrass was elected President of the Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council. On December 1, 2013, Steve was appointed to the position of International General Organizer as the International Representative serving the Pacific Northwest District Council, including the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Wyoming, and Utah. In addition to his duties and responsibilities to the International Iron Workers, Brother Pendergrass also serves as President of the Pacific Northwest District Council.
He is extremely proud to follow in the footsteps of his father, Mike, and his grandfather, Dutch, as a third generation Iron Worker with Local 86.
Robert “Bob” Korth initiated as an Apprentice member of Local 86 (Seattle) in June 1996 and became a Journeyman in 1999. Bob was elected President of Local 86 in 2006, and in 2013 was appointed Business Agent. He was re-elected to both positions each election year until he was appointed Financial Secretary/Business Manager of Local 86 January 2023. In addition, Bob has held the positions of Local 86 Trustee, Local 86 Examining Committee, Delegate to the PNW District Council, District Council Sergeant at Arms and NW Iron Workers Trustee.
Jason Fussell has been a member of Local 29 since 1998. Starting, like all Ironworkers, as an apprentice, in four years earned journeyman status and then his career included General Foreman and Superintendent. Th next "job" was Apprenticeship Instructor in 2009 and was promoted to Apprenticeship Coordinator in 2015. Under Brother Fussell's leadership, the Local 29 Apprenticeship Program received recognition for edxceeding the "Key Perforance Indicators," a rare honor from the International Iron Workers Union. In January 2020 Jason became the Local 29 Business Manager and responsible for the over allo peration of the local, established in Portland in 1901. It represents some 1,500 members in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
James Ryckman has been a member of Local 14 (Spokane) since 1995. Since “Journeying out” in 1998, he has worked as JIW, Foreman, and Safety Rep. James began instructing at the Apprenticeship in 2012 and was promoted to Apprenticeship Coordinator in 2017. He has held the offices of Examining Board, Recording Secretary, Executive Board, and Vice President for Local 14. In July of 2022, James was appointed to Financial Secretary/Business Manager.
Brother Ladd began working iron at Griffard steel’s fabrication shop in Fairbanks Alaska in 2003 and went into the apprenticeship the next year. Anthony came up through the ranks to work as a Journeyman Ironworker in April of 2006. He has held more than a few positions in his career as an Ironworker, from Foreman to Superintendent, and Apprenticeship Instructor to Apprenticeship Coordinator. Anthony held the role of Business Agent/Organizer before becoming the Business Manager/Financial Secretary Treasurer in 2019. Anthony is a lifelong Alaskan that is married with three daughters, one son and one grandson.