Past Omaha Area Local President Jim Strawn has passed away.
Jim began his career as a postal employee on January 27, 1978, and signed up as a union member the same day. Jim served as a steward prior to being elected and serving as President of the Omaha Area Local from 1991 through 1995.
Prior to his postal career, Jim served as a Marine in the Armed Forces, a service that would translate into the tenacity he brought as the local President. Jim instilled a renewed attitude toward fighting and advocating for members' rights. He led the way in educating the membership regarding Veteran and EEO rights and fought against discrimination in the workplace.
Under the leadership of Jim Strawn, the Omaha Local became the only local in the history of the APWU to file and be sustained in an injunction against the United States Postal Service (filed to stop the implementation of an improper staffing package). President Strawn instituted improved administrative processes and constitutional changes were made that continue to this day.
Jim’s vision and advocacy for more involvement by new and different members paved the way for many who came after to serve the membership.
After almost 30 years, Jim retired in November of 2007 and remained loyal to the Union to the end.
Jim was a friend and a mentor. I am grateful for his advice, support, and friendship over the years.
Godspeed Brother, you will be missed and remembered.
Phil Thomas, President
Omaha Area Local, APWU