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Biography

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS DISTRICT ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Western Massachusetts District Council began as part of the Northeast Department of the ILGWU. In 1976, the Western Massachusetts District Council became part of the newly-formed New England Region, along with other affiliates in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Within a couple of years, the Western Massachusetts District Council became the Western Massachusetts-Vermont District Council. In 1993, the Western Massachusetts-Vermont District Council merged with the Northern New England District Council (NNEDC); at the time of the ILGWU's merger with ACTWU in 1995, the NNEDC and the Boston Joint Board merged to become the Northern New England-Boston Joint Board District Council.

Jack Albano was the ILGWU representative in the district from the 1940s until 1977. Paul Winslow succeeded him as manager, serving in that role from 1977 to 1984. From 1984 to 1994, Richard Rumelt was regional manager. Following Rumelt, Warren Pepicelli, manager of the Boston Joint Board, led the Northern New England-Boston Joint Board District Council through the ILGWU's merger with ACTWU, and subsequently managed the regional affiliate of UNITE and UNITE-HERE.