Retired United Paperworkers International Union (UPIU) President Wayne Glenn passed away January 3 following an extended illness. He was 97 years old.
Brother Glenn served on the MTD Executive Board from 1978 until he retired as UPIU president in 1996. Those were the same years that he led the Paperworkers.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Glenn went to work in 1946 at the International Paper Company mill in Camden AR, and joined Local 355 of the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers. In 1965, union delegates elected him a regional vice president.
Following the 1972 merger of his union with the United Papermakers and Paperworkers to form the UPIU, Glenn remained an officer. He was elected UPIU president in 1978.
Glenn also served as president of the Arkansas State AFL-CIO for a two-year term beginning in 1959. In addition, he was called back into the Navy during the Korean conflict.
(Following a series of mergers beginning in 1999, UPIU became part of the United Steelworkers in 2005.)