Title: Vice President of the Caribbean Region
Company: United Industrial Workers of Seafarers International Union
Location: Christiansted, Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Eugene B. Irish, Vice President of the Caribbean Region at United Industrial Workers of Seafarers International Union, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in union leadership.
Inspired by the tenacity of his father, who taught himself to become a master mechanic, Mr. Irish learned everything he knows today about mechanics from his father. With his vast knowledge of the field, Mr. Irish desired to offer his skill to better his community, which has been his drive for the duration of his more than 20-year career. Since 1999, he has dedicated his professional career to the United Industrial Workers Union of Seafarers International Union in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Starting out as a field representative, focusing on servicing members and shops, he was promoted to the assistant vice president by 2001, gaining more responsibility within the territory and staff of the three islands.
For the past 15 years, since 2005, Mr. Irish has flourished as the vice president of the Caribbean region for the United Industrial Workers Union of Seafarers International Union. Overseeing the operations of the union in the Caribbean, he also supervises a staff of seven employees, negotiates contracts for wages and benefits, deals with grievance issues and complaints and meets with commissioners, governors and company executives. Alongside his primary role with the union, Mr. Irish is devoted to community service, as he has worked extensively with the Red Cross, Department of Labor and local churches and youth councils. Likewise, he is a member of the Central Labor Council and a board member of the local union board.
Reflecting on his illustrious career thus far, Mr. Irish attributes his success to his parents who encouraged him to go after anything he dreamed to achieve. Through his honorable work, he recalls his most notable achievement was fighting to raise the minimum wage for government employees, which he was able to change from $5.15 an hour to $13 an hour. Looking toward the future, Mr. Irish aims to be in a position to have one of his children take over his role so that he can spend more time with his mother. In addition, he is currently looking to put more of a focus and emphasis on growing personal wealth and is pursuing furthering his education in financial literacy.
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