Donald Winkle, Jr.
EIWPF National Coordinator
QEITF Asst. Admin/Instructor, Codes & CAM
Over thirty years ago Don became of member of the I.U.E.C., in the jurisdiction of Local 10 Washington D.C., where he had accepted what he believed to be temporary employment. He had relocated from his hometown of Buffalo, NY to begin a career search using his political science/urban studies bachelor’s degree. Instead of ultimately taking a job on the Hill, he remained in the I.U.E.C. because he enjoyed the business and the new challenges that it was affording him every day. During his time with signatory employers in Washington he obtained his N.E.I.E.P mechanics certificate and worked in the construction and maintenance divisions. Over the years, he has completed his Aerial, Forklift, OSHA, Scaffold and Welding certifications.
As a second-generation elevator constructor, he immediately got involved in the Building Trades and Local union. He served on the safety committee, became Local 10’s recording secretary and was involved with Washington’s Central Labor Council from who he was ultimately awarded their political action achievement award for the State of Virginia.
In 1996, to be closer to family, Don moved back to his native Buffalo and became a member of Local 14. There he worked for a signatory elevator companies’ maintenance division where he was employed for the next seven years. His union involvement after becoming a member of Local 14 have included political action, election to the position of Local union trustee, executive board, New York State Building Trades executive board, convention delegate 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016 where he was elected one of the International Trustees. He served as Local 14’s business representative from 2002 until his recent appointment to the EIWPF.
Don’s involvement in Codes and Standards includes participation in the Limited-Use Limited-Application Committee (LULA) 2001-present and the Residence Elevator Committee 2012-present. During this time, he developed his interest in code and the effect that it can have on elevator constructors, the companies they work for and especially the riding public.
Don and his two children reside in Amherst New York and enjoy sports and camping.