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ARTHUR A. COIA ELECTED LABORERS' PRESIDENT; NORWOOD ELECTED SECRETARY-TREASURER; WILKINSON 10TH VICE PRESIDENT
February 13, 1993
Arthur A. Coia was elected general president of the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) at the annual winter meeting of the union's General Executive Board. He succeeds Angelo Fosco, who died Thursday.
The executive board also elected James J. Norwood general secretary-treasurer, replacing Coia; and Jack Wilkinson 10th vice president, replacing Norwood.
LIUNA's General Executive Board was in the midst of its winter meeting when Fosco passed away. In order to be able to complete its business, the Board elected the new officers.
Coia, 49, had served as general secretary-treasurer since February 1989, concentrating his efforts on LIUNA's agenda for the '90s: health and safety, training and labor management cooperation. Before then, he was manager of LIUNA's New England and Eastern Canada regions and business manager of the Rhode Island Laborers' District Council. He was originally a member of LIUNA Local 271 in Providence, R.I. He is a graduate of Providence College and Boston University Law School.
An attorney by profession, but a labor leader by choice and disposition, Coia is admitted to practice law before the Rhode Island and Federal Bars and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Norwood, 61, had served as LIUNA vice president since Aug. 13, 1989. He also was regional manager of LIUNA's Springfield, Ill., regional office.
Since 1969 he has been director of the Heavy and Highway Construction Division of LIUNA. Norwood chairs the National Joint Heavy and Highway Construction Committee and the Chimney, Stack and Silo Committee and formerly served as administrator of the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America.
Norwood first joined LIUNA Local 110 in St. Louis in 1949. He subsequently served as acting business manager of Local 110 and international representative.
Wilkinson, 59, had served as regional manager for LIUNA's Washington, D.C., region for the past 25 years. In 1966, he was named LIUNA's first director of education and spearheaded the development of cooperative training programs with government.
A graduate of the University of Missouri with a B.S. in business administration, Wilkinson joined LIUNA Local 663 in Kansas City, Mo., in 1952. He was appointed international representative in 1961.
LIUNA represents 600,000 men and women in the United States and Canada working in the construction, manufacturing, health care, service, government and hazardous waste industries.
CONTACT: Jim Spellane of LIUNA, 202-364-5753, from Saturday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 15, and at 202-737-8320, starting Tuesday, Feb. 16; or Victor Kamber of the Kamber Group for the Laborers' International Union of North America, 305-868-8304 or 305- 865-7511, ext. 121