EIWPF National Coordinator
Matthew Rusch started his career with the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC) on May 18, 2007 in Washington D.C. Local 10. Matt worked for Otis Elevator in the construction department as an apprentice. He completed his apprenticeship in August 2011, began running work shortly after, and moved his way up to foreman. As an active member of Local 10, Matt served as correspondent to the Elevator Constructor journal for several years, served several terms as a trustee, and served as an Executive Board member. In addition to these contributions, Matt was an instructor for NEIEP for many years teaching often two or three nights a week. He instructed students in Year 1 and Year 3 apprenticeship as well as CPR and First Aid, Welding, and Forklift. In January 2020, Matt earned his Master Certificate in Classroom Instruction from Roger Williams University.
In January of 2021, Matt assumed his newly elected position of Business Agent with Local 10. Even before Matt took office, he had a plan and an agenda. The top two priorities he discussed with the Local 10 Business Manager were the need for a safety committee and a mentoring program. The inaugural Safety Committee meeting for Local 10 had 69 attendees representing various positions within multiple stake holding organizations. The Safety Committee and Mentoring Program were very effective and changed the culture in the local. Due to this work, Matt served as warden on the first ever Safety Committee at the 32nd General Convention; a true honor, as it was the first time in IUEC history a section was dedicated to safety in the bylaws.
In January of 2022, Matt started as a National Coordinator with EIWPF. He soon assumed responsibility for the direction and leadership of the OSHA program. Matt became a certified in QEI in April of 2022. He is an instructor for QEITF program and also works on the Wind Turbine program.
Matt is a native of Solomons, Maryland and after 35 years there, moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland where he has been for the past 8 years with his wife, Molly and their girls Sabrina, Gina and Tessa. Matt has been a volunteer fireman for 30 years and recently earned his gold card as a life member with Queenstown Volunteer Fire Department. The fire department is where Matt’s high drive for safety and accountability began. Matt also coaches his daughter’s softball team, Autism Pride.