Joseph Dougherty is one of the most dedicated and dynamic labor leaders in the city of Philadelphia. True to his beliefs and a champion of whatever task lies before him, Joe has been a driving force in the union iron working industry for over 25 years.
Joe's career as a union ironworker began in December of 1966 as he entered the Apprenticeship Program of Local Union #401. Passionate from the start, his reputation as an excellent craftsman and a natural born leader quickly began to precede him. After graduating at the top of his class in 1969, Joe continued to excel in all facets of the trade, no matter what the charge.
Elected to the local union Executive Board in 1978, Joe entered an arena where he could be a voice for his union brothers within the executive branch of the organization, while at the same time sharing ideas, giving opinions, and offering his insight on how to better the union he was so proud of. His experience on the Board paved the way for his election to the office of Financial Secretary-Treasurer/Business Managerin in June of 1981. During the past twenty-six years, Joe has been instrumental in expanding the union's vision and making Local 401 one of the most productive and respected trade unions in America.
He take an active role in the community by donating labor and funding for various charities and youth organizations. He remains involved with representatives on the federal, state, and local levels to procure legislation to support the growth of union labor and fights diligently for fair labor practices and working standards for all workers.
Joe's professional resume only tells us part of the kind of person he is. His strong character and high moral values are only to be surpassed by his tremendous compassion and willingness to help others. Joe sets an example for us all to remain passionate about the things that mean the most to you, to fight for what you believe in, and to work hard to achieve your goals, even if at times they seem unattainable.
Joe has been active on behalf of a number of charities and is a long time supporter of the UNICO Salute to Labor. Joe is a great labor leader and someone who "gives back" to the community. He embodies the UNICO motto "Service Above Self".
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