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Brother & Former President of Pipefitters Local 636, James Larkin, 80, of Plymouth, MI died May 18

Post Date: May 26, 2020

Plymouth - James Larkin, 80, of Plymouth, MI died May 18 in his home surrounded by his wife and children following complications from cancer treatment.

Having worked as a Steamfitter for 60 years, James was proud to have once served as President of Pipefitters Local 636 as well as having served his local in other capacities.

As a fixture in Wayne County Politics, Mr. Larkin participated at the grassroots level as an active member (and sometimes officer) of many local Democratic Organizations, and eventually as an elected member of the Garden City Board of Education.

James was predeceased by his parents Hugh & Elizabeth, his brothers John and Henry and his son Arthur.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol Larkin; his children: Hugh Larkin (Denise), Andrea Larkin (Chris) Rockstad, Marianne Larkin (Mark) Rachfal, James Larkin (Holly), Jennifer Larkin, Jessica Larkin (Michael) Mistak; his grandchildren: Barbara, Elizabeth and T.J. Larkin (Shelby), Nicholas & Diana Rockstad, Brendan Rachfal, Mason and Morgan Larkin, John and Patrick Mistak; his brother Hugh Larkin and numerous nieces and nephews.

No memorial will be held due to pandemic restrictions. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Understanding that in these uncertain times where money might be tight, James would be similarly honored by your support of organized labor/unions by voting in this November's election.



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May 19, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Due to the inability to have an “in person” Union Meeting tonight I assembled an allocation committee made up of; President Bill Helwig, Vice president Dave Fox, Executive Board members Bill Holsomback, Val Pod, Melissa Leonard and Jeff Selph. Also on the committee were Business Agents, Gary Granger, Theresa Danko, Sam Cadena, Marty Elwart, Larry Krisniski, Organizer Jeff Lewis, Financial Secretary-Treasurer Steve Spurlock, and Business Manager Terry Gilligan. 

All of the allocation recommendations that were sent to me were read and discussed. Then all of the committee members were given the opportunity to make their suggestions based on all of the information presented to the committee. The results of the committee for the June 1, 2020 allocation are as follows.


I feel that the committee’s decision represented the voices of the not only the recommendations that were sent in but also the rest of the rank and file majority.

The membership will vote on this allocation when we resume in person Union meetings.


In Solidarity,

Terry A. Gilligan

                                                                                                                                               May 7, 2020


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would like to start off with my heartfelt condolences to the Machcinski family on the passing of Retired Local 636 member Gene Machcinski. May Brother Machcinski Rest in Peace. To the best of my knowledge he is the first member we have lost due to the COVID-19 virus.

I hope and pray that you are all staying safe and healthy during these unprecedented times. As we slowly inch back towards some semblance of normalcy. I urge all of you to continue to practice all measures of safety and caution. Those of you that have already or are nearing a return to work please continue to practice social distancing whenever you can as well as use of all necessary PPE.

 We will be extending the waiver of monthly window dues (April and May) for all active members that worked less than 40 hours for the month. If you have already paid those dues you will receive a credit.

Due to the cancellation of the May 19th Union Meeting, per the UA Constitution the Business Manager has the authority (on a tentative basis) to allocate the raise on June 1st.  I will be assembling a committee made up of the 8 paid officers and the 5 Executive Board members to discuss and make a decision for the upcoming allocation of our raise. Once the monthly membership meetings resume, the tentative allocation will be presented to the membership for approval or revision.  Please send your suggestions for allocation to:  

All suggestions will be presented to the committee.

Fraternally yours,


Terry Gilligan

Business Manager

30100 Northwestern Highway. Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334. USA