About Us

History of the Union

The Bakery and Confectionery Workers International Union of America, one of the pioneers of the North American labor movement, was organized in 1886. In 1957, the American Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union was formed. In 1969, the two organizations united.

The Tobacco Workers International Union was founded in 1895 and was also in the forefront of the labor movement. As it and the Bakery and Confectionery Workers’ International Union of America shared many common goals, both organizations came to realize that those goals could best be achieved through a merger. That merger, creating the BC&T, took place in 1978.

The American Federation of Grain Millers also has roots stemming back to the 1800s. In 1936, the National Council of Grain Processors was formed when federal grain milling unions agreed to unite as a national union under the AFL. In 1941, the council was renamed the American Federation of Grain Processors and in 1948 was granted an international charter as the AFGM.

Shared goals and industries caused the January 1, 1999, merger between the BC&T and AFGM, resulting in the BCTGM.

Purpose

The Statement of Purpose, as defined by the 1999 BCTGM International Constitution, Article I, Section 2, is:

“The purpose of the International Union shall be to promote the material, intellectual and general welfare of all workers in the baking, confectionery, tobacco, grain milling and kindred industries by (1) organizational action; (2) education and enlightenment; (3) continuous striving to improve wage standards, retirement and similar benefits, and other conditions of employment; to reduce the hours of labor and to abolish such economic evils as may prevail or persist in these industries; (4) assistance in securing and retaining employment; (5) well-planned and effectively executed activity in the branches and agencies of government, including activity related to proposed state or federal legislation affecting these workers and the labor movement; (6) alliance with other labor organizations within the AFL-CIO or CLC in matters of common concern.”

Our Team

Rodney Brown

President

Processing Department
A-Shift

Jonathan Gettle

Vice President: Packing Negotiator

Packing Department
B-Shift

Justin Steiner

Recording Secretary

Packing Department
B-Shift

Tim Gruber

Financial Secretary

Processing Department
B-Shift

Keith White

Chief Steward

Processing Department
B-Shift

John Coe

Trustee

Packing Department
B-Shift

Jay Kleinsmith

Trustee: Maintenance Negotiator

Packing Department
B-Shift

Dave Laughman

Trustee

Sanitation Department
B-Shift

Dan Kline

Sergeant At Arms

Packing Department
B-Shift

Tom Waltz

Processing Negotiator

Processing Department
B-Shift

Dawn Mull

P&D Negotiator

P&D Department
B-Shift

Dewitt Arnold

Maintenance Steward

Packing Department
B-Shift

Open

Maintenance Steward

Packing Department
C-Shift

Open

P & D Steward

P&D Department
A-Shift

Eric Alspaugh

Packing Steward

Packing Department
A-Shift

Don Smith

Processing Steward

Processing Department
A-Shift

Dorin Burson

Packing Steward

Packing Department
B-Shift

Sue Jones

Packing Steward

Packing Department
C-Shift

Mark Kauffman

Maintenance Steward

Processing Department
C-Shift

Bill Sherr

Processing Steward

Processing Department
C-Shift