Joseph J. Hunt

General President
International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers

Joseph J. Hunt was elected General President of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers on February 23, 2001.  A native of  St. Louis, Missouri, he is a third generation ironworker.  His father, Joseph Hunt, Sr., and his grandfather Jim Hunt both held offices in Iron Workers Local Union No. 396, St. Louis. As his father and grandfather before him, Mr. Hunt had held numerous positions in Local No. 396 including that of Business Manager.  In 1983 he was appointed a General Organizer and assigned to International Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  He first served as Assistant to the Director of Jurisdiction and then became Assistant to the General Treasurer. During that time he also handled special assignments at the direction of the General President. In 1990 he returned  to St. Louis and was elected President of the Iron Workers District Council of St. Louis.  In 1994,  Mr. Hunt was appointed General Vice President and in December, 1998 he was appointed General Treasurer.

In May 2001 Mr. Hunt was elected as an Executive Board Member of the Maritime Trades Department. On July 31, 2001 Mr. Hunt was elected as a Vice President of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).  In August 2001 he was elected as an Executive Board Member of the Metal Trades Department.   Mr. Hunt serves as a member of the Governing Board of Presidents of the Building and Construction Trades Department. He also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans.  Since 2003 Mr. Hunt  has served on the Board of Directors of Union Labor Life Insurance Company.  On August 3, 2006  he was elected as Chairman of the Board of Union Labor Life Insurance Company. 

Over the years he has served in many labor related positions including Vice President and Executive Board Member of the St. Louis Building Trades Council, Executive Board Member of the Missouri Building Trades Council, Trustee and Executive Board Member of the St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Chairman of the National Stack and Chimney Committee and Secretary of the Regional Committee of the National Infrastructure Alliance. He also served as Board Member of the Maria Droste Home, Trustee of the Arch Mutual Fund and Board Member of Firmco. He was appointed to both PRIDE (a local labor/management coalition) and the Missouri Atomic Energy Commission.  While in St. Louis he also served as an Executive Board Member of the St. Louis Ambassadors and a Commissioner of Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

A 1987 graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union Program, Mr. Hunt and his wife Jan have four children including son Joe, a member of 396, as well as nine grandchildren all currently residing in St. Louis.