Director District 12
Robert LaVenture was appointed Director of District 12 in May of 2009 to succeed Terry Bonds, who retired.
Prior to his appointment by the International Executive Board, LaVenture had been an Assistant to the Director of District 12.
A native of Wisconsin, LaVenture joined the union when he went to work at an International Harvester foundry in Waukesha, Wis., in 1970 after he graduated from high school.
Immediately after his probation period at International Harvester, now Navistar, he joined Local 3740 and accepted an appointment as a local trustee. He later served as local union steward and vice president before being elected president of the local, a position he held for five terms.
While local president, LaVenture was involved in developing the Navistar Education Center, the first employee education center in Wisconsin. The center was replicated in 11 locations across the state.
In 1988, LaVenture worked briefly as a State AFL-CIO Coordinator assisting in setting up the education centers. He joined the USW International staff in 1989 to service the Milwaukee area in what was formerly District 32.
In 1993, he transferred to Concord, Calif., in what was then former District 39. Four years later, in 1998, he moved to Oklahoma as an International staff representative to fill a vacancy and a year later became Sub-district Director for Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Bonds asked LaVenture to relocate to Albuquerque, N.M., in 2003 to serve as an Assistant Director. His duties included assisting the staff in negotiations. He also served as dues and first contract coordinator.
LaVenture serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Career Development (ICD).
The headquarters for District 12 is in Albuquerque, N.M
USW District 12
3150 Carlisle Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87110
505.878.9756 - Telephone
505.878.0763 - FAX
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