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May 29

ATU mourns death of former International Executive Vice President Bob Baker

ATU is sad to report the death of former International Executive Vice President Bob Baker. Our prayers and sympathies go out to his wife, family and the brothers and sisters of Local 627-Cincinnati, OH.

The son of a United Mine Workers organizer whose 35-year career saw dedicated union involvement in the “Bloody Harlen” southeastern Kentucky coal strike, Baker joined Local 627 in 1973 as a bus operator with the Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority.  He immediately became involved in the activities of the Local.

In 1975, Baker was elected to the local’s executive board and served in that capacity until his election as local vice president in 1977. He was elected president of Local 627 in 1980. While in that position, he also served as president of the Ohio Legislative Conference for 10 years, president of the ATU-Joint Conference for six years and president and executive board member of the more than100,000-member Cincinnati AFL-CIO for 12 years.

In 1989, he was elected an international vice-president and was re-elected to that position at the next seven Conventions. He was elected International Executive Vice President with International President Larry Hanley at the 56th International Convention in September 2010 in Orlando, FL. Baker retired in July 2013.