Leadership

Robert W. O’Toole, President

Mr. O’Toole began his union affiliation in 1984 while working as a stock clerk at a local retail drug store that was represented by the UFCW.  He moved from there to the warehousing and distribution center where in addition to his job responsibilities he served as a Union Steward for the local union for several years.  In 1996 Mr. O’Toole launched his career in the labor movement as he became a Union Representative.  He later served Local 1546 as the Recorder before becoming President.

Mr. O’Toole has extensive experience in representing members, organizing and negotiating contracts.  In addition to his responsibilities as President he also serves on the boards of three Health and Welfare Funds (two as Chairman) and two Pension Funds (one as Chairman).

 

Kenneth A. Urzedowski, Secretary-Treasurer

Ken Urzedowski began his career as an apprentice / Journeyman with Dominick’s Finer Foods. Active in the Union he became an Executive Board member in 1974 with Local 189 until the local merged with 1540 where he continued his role as a board member. In 1996 Ken joined Local 1540 as a Union Representative. In 2000 he became the Meat Director. In 2002 when Local 1540 and Local 546 merged to form Local 1546 Ken became the Executive Assistant and Director of Retail Meat & Grocery.   He remained in that role until becoming Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1546 August 1, 2014.  Ken is also a trustee on the Midwest Health & Pension Fund and is the President of the North Central Illinois Labor Council.

As one of the top officers of Local 1546, Ken’s responsibilities as Secretary-Treasurer include overseeing the labor organization’s efforts in membership service, collective bargaining, organizing, health and welfare, and communications.