CLC President Emeritus, Brother Fred Veigel Has Passed Away

Message from Michigan AFL-CIO President, Karla Swift

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that former Huron Valley Central Labor Council President Brother Fred Veigel, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

We here at the Michigan State AFL-CIO and the entire Michigan Labor Movement owe a debt of gratitude to Brother Veigel for his lifetime of service to the men and women of this state, for his unparalleled conviction to the Labor Movement and for his distinguished career in politics.

Fred Veigel’s contributions to the Michigan Labor Movement began as member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 252 in 1954.  During his distinguished career, he served as Business Manager and in numerous other elected and appointed positions within the IBEW, as well as Field Representative for the Michigan State Building and Construction Trades Council.

Fred Veigel was first elected President of the Huron Valley Labor Central Labor Council in 1969 and thanks to the hard work and dedication of  Brother Veigel, the Huron Valley Central Labor Council now represents 34 affiliated local unions with more than 13,000 members in Washtenaw and Livingston counties. Brother Veigel held the distinction of being the longest serving President of any Central Labor Council in the history of the AFL-CIO.

As a General Board member and Speakers Bureau member of the National AFL-CIO and General Board member of the Michigan State AFL-CIO, Brother Veigel’s dedication and passion earned him reputation as a fighter, as he relentlessly pursued increased protections for working men and women, union and non-union alike.

In addition to his many accomplishments in the Labor Movement, Brother Veigel was a United States Army Veteran and was in his third term on the Washtenaw County Road Commission.

Prior to his passing on Sunday, officers of the Huron Valley Central Labor Council presented Brother Veigel with the distinction of  President Emeritus.  Attached is a picture of him after receiving his plaque (text of plaque below).

Picture of Fred Veigel - Thursday 2-27-14I was very fortunate to be able to visit with Fred on Wednesday, February 26th while he was in the hospital.  He was, as always, quick-witted and  spirited.

We, here at the Michigan State AFL-CIO, will continue to honor Brother Veigel and his many contributions by continuing to fight the good fight.

Please see below for information on visitation and services.

In solidarity,
Karla Swift
President Michigan State AFL-CIO

Visitation and Services

Nie Funeral Home
3767 W. Liberty Rd.
Ann Arbor

Saturday, March 8th
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 9th
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
and 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Services will be held:
Monday, March 10, 2014
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Greek Church
3109 Scio Church Rd.
Ann Arbor

President Emeritus Plaque Text

“In recognition of a lifetime of dedicated and distinguished service as President of the Huron Valley Central Labor Council, making him the longest serving President of an AFL-CIO Central Labor Council, the Executive Board of the HVCLC and Rich Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO, are proud to make Fred Veigel, President emeritus of the Huron Valley  Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Brother Veigel, from all of us at the HVCLC, a heartfelt thank-you for all you’ve done for organized labor and working people in our communities and our state!

HVCLC Executive Board
Ian Robinson, President
Steve Gulick, Vice-President
Wes Prater, Vice-President
Katie Oppenheim, Vice-President
Nancy Heine, Vice-President
James Vaughn, Treasurer
Sheila Pedersen, Secretary
Ron Motsinger, Trustee
Isaac Epstein, Trustee
Francis Borzo, Sergeant-at-Arms’