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    Local 82161

The Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America


Representing General Electric  Workers Since 1957



In September 1982, Jim Robertson and Marvin Boley called a meeting of IUE, Local 161 retired members and started the IUE, Local 161 Retired Members Council with twenty-seven members. Today, they have approximately 200 active members.

The Council meets the third Tuesday every other month at a luncheon setting. They have done all kinds of community service and volunteer work, i.e. donating time to the Red Cross Blood Mobile, cleaning  State Highway Rt. #460, salvaging paper products, donating items to Catawba Hospital residents for their annual Christmas "operation Santa Clause".  But, the greatest project these retirees have undertaken is being an agency of the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank. Since 1983, the retirees have purchased and distributed food to the needy. There have been as many as 60 members buying and distributing foods every Monday. Today, 5 to 6 members, at their own expense, and use of their pick-up truck, collect food products from Kroger most every day and delivers these foods to the St. Francis House, daycare centers, churches, and Salvation Army, etc.

The Council meets every month and every other month lunch is catered, for more information contact

Roy Rogers, President @ 540-380-3140(h), 540-765-7899(c), 540-389-2397 (union hall).

Retirees Club Meeting Dates - 2015

 1:00 PM

at the Union Hall

220 Brand Avenue, Salem, VA 24153

 January 20th/Regular Meeting-Snacks

February 17th-Regular Meeting-Dinner

March 17/Regular Meeting-Snacks

April 21st/Regular Meeting-Dinner

May 19th/Regular Meeting-Snacks

June 16th/Regular Meeting-Dinner

July 21st/Picnic

August 18th/Regular Meeting-Dinner

September 15th/Regular Meeting-Snacks

October 20th/Regular Meeting-Dinner

November 17th/Regular Meeting-Snacks

December 15th/Christmas Dinner










For years, the labor movement has been a major factor in shaping America's society.  When you become a union member, and participate in all the things the union promotes, you become part of an establishment that entails more than just you and your workplace, you become part of what truly makes a difference, a better standard of living for all working Americans.