Becker, George F.
Born: Oct 20, 1928 AD
Died: 2007 AD, at 78 years of age.
1928 - Born on the 20th of October in Madison, Illinois.
1944 - Becker dropped out of high school during his freshman year and got a job working an open hearth furnace in the Granite City mill.
1946 - He joined the United States Marine Corps, and served two years.
1956 - He remained in the Army, mustering out as a master sergeant.
1961 - He quickly rose within the ranks, as members elected him to be the local union's shop steward, treasurer, vice president, and then president.
1965 - Becker was hired by the United Steelworkers as a full-time staff representative for the Granite City local.
1969 - Becker testified before the United States Congress on lead poisoning issues as Congress debated the enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
1970 - Becker became active in international union politics.
1975 - The USW hired Becker as a staff safety and health representative in the national union office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
1977 - He supported the campaign of District 34 president Lloyd McBride against Edward Sadlowski for president of the United Steelworkers.
1993 - Williams retired as president of the Steelworkers at the end of his term.
1994 - He became the first person since Philip Murray to be elected president of the union without an election challenge or the death of a predecessor. He was sworn into office on the 1st of March.
- Becker was elected a vice president of the AFL-CIO on the 24th of February.
2000 - Becker was instrumental in winning an early AFL-CIO endorsement of Al Gore in his race for president of the United States.
2001 - George Becker resigned unexpectedly as president of the United Steelworkers on the 28th of February.
2007 - Died in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania on the 3rd of February, from prostate cancer.
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