• Twin Cities Automotive Lodge 737 celebrates 60th anniversary

    IAM Midwest Territory Chief of Staff Rod Hoffman presents the 60th anniversary plaque to the President of Local Lodge 737 Chuck O'Keefe.
    IAM Midwest Territory Chief of Staff Rod Hoffman presents the
    60th anniversary plaque to the President of Local Lodge 737 Chuck O’Keefe.

    IAM Local Lodge 737, District 77 in Vadnais Heights, MN celebrated their 60th Anniversary this past week.

    IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber praised the lodge and membership saying, “We sincerely appreciate the 60 years of hard work and dedication of our members of Twin Cities Automotive Lodge 737. They are true trade unionists.”

    Bobby Kasper from the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation welcomed those in attendance.

    Josh Straka, District Director for CD4 Congresswoman Betty McCollum also brought best wishes and thanks to Local 737.



  • Minnesota Machinist is a 61 year IAM veteran

    Charles (Charlie) Russ loves his Union almost as much as he loves his wife of 63 years. He attends every Local 737 meeting and sells the MNPL 50/50 raffle tickets. He is also an Auditor. He is proud to be a member of the IAM and Local 737.

    Charlie and Lorraine Russ

    Charlie grew up in the small town of Deer Creek, MN and met his future wife at a roller rink. He has been married to Lorraine for 63 years.

    Charlie entered the Army in 1944, he missed being shipped over to the Battle of the Bulge with his unit due to the death of his father.

    After working in the Deer Creek, Wadena area they came to the Twin Cities. CharlieĀ  joined the IAM in 1952 when he started working as a sand blaster then painter at Fruehauf Trailer in St. Paul.

    In 1967 he went to work at Rihm Kenworth also in St. Paul and continued his career as a painter until he retired in 1988.

    He and Lorraine walk every day and stay active.