On March 1, 2008, Jon Geenen became a United Steelworkers International Vice President. His primary responsibility is developing collective bargaining programs and policy related to the paper industry.
Geenen began his career in 1977 at Thilmany Pulp and Paper in Kaukauna, Wis. and spent most of his 16 years there as a journeyman maintenance technician. He joined Local 20 of the United Paperworkers International Union, and served as bargaining committee chair, vice president and president. During the nine-year period he was an elected official of his local, he assisted in the development of the union’s IP strategic bargaining program.
In 1993, he was appointed to an international representative position in PACE Region X and serviced numerous paper facilities. In addition, while a staff representative, he was active in successful organizing campaigns and helped direct political campaigns in key state races.
From 2003 to 2005 Geenen was the National Director of Paper Bargaining and head of PACE’s Rapid Response Education Network. He helped set in motion coordinated bargaining within the paper industry and organized the first National Paper Bargaining Conference in 2004. He also helped establish the Rapid Response Network at PACE, which was modeled after the United Steelworkers’ program.
The USW International Executive Board appointed him to be the Region X Director in July of 2005. Geenen also received appointments from Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle to serve as a member of Wisconsin’s Technical College System’s Board, the Wisconsin Forestry Council and the Wisconsin International Trade Council. In addition, Geenen is a member of the executive board of the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM) and a member of the ICEM global paper work group.
He has a bachelor’s degree from the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md. and in 2001 received a master’s degree in public administration, with a concentration in labor studies, from the University of Baltimore.