Union official of building/construction AFL/CIO dies suddenly

Mark Ayers, the 63-year-old president of the building and construction trades department of the AFL/CIO, died unexpectedly on April 8, according to an announcement issued by the organization.  No details were released on the cause or circumstances of his death. Ayers served as president since 2007.

Ayers was the first union executive other than a general president to be appointed to the building trades’ top job. He had previously served as director of construction and maintenance for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) based in Peoria, Ill.

The building and construction trades department will hold its national legislative conference on April 30 in Washington, D.C. President Obama is scheduled to address an estimated 3,000 attendees.

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