William J. Boarman

(June 30, 1946 - August 22, 2021)

Posted — Date: 8/24/2021

We regret having to inform our members that William J. Boarman, former president of Columbia Typographical Union 101-12, passed away on Sunday, August 22, 2021.

Bill served his apprenticeship at McArdle Printing Company in Washington, D.C. He obtained a position at the Government Printing Office as a printer-proofreader in 1974. He was elected president of Columbia Typographical Union No. 101–12 in 1976. He later served as an officer in the International Typographical Union (ITU) and was involved in the planning of the merger between the ITU and the Communication Workers of America (CWA) in 1987. After the merger, he served as senior vice president of the CWA and later president of the CWA’s Printing, Publishing, and Media Sector. In January 2011, he took over as Public Printer of the United States and served until January 2012.

Among the many Union-related jobs he served in was as chairman of the CWA/ITU Negotiated Pension Plan and the Canadian Negotiated Pension Plan, representing the CWA on the Council of Institutional Investors, and as president of the Union Printers Home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Bill served the people of Maryland on the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections and on the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities. These are just a few of his accomplishments during the time he was a member of our Union.

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