James Boland, President
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers
President James Boland, a member of the Executive Board 1995, succeeded retiring President John J. Flynn on February 22, 2010. Boland served first as an Executive Vice President until June 1999, when he was named Secretary-Treasurer, a position to which he was elected in 2000 and re-elected in 2005.
Boland became a member of BAC in1977. He spent the next decade working on commercial projects in the San Francisco Bay area in brick, block, stone, and marble. He became Business Agent in 1988 and then President in 1992 of BAC Local 3 California. One year later he was appointed to serve as a member of the International Union’s highest advisory body, the BAC Executive Council.
In 1994 Boland was named to the International Union’s headquarters staff as Assistant to the Vice President for Operations overseeing trade jurisdiction matters. Later that same year Boland was asked to take on the added field responsibilities of BAC Regional Director for California and Nevada, a position he maintained until his election to the Executive Board in 1995.
In addition to his Executive Board responsibilities, Boland serves as Co-Chair of the International Masonry Institute (IMI), the training and industry development arm of the organized masonry industry, the International Trowel Trades Pension Fund (IPF), the International Health Fund, and Co-Chair of the Canadian Congress.
As President, Boland's responsibilities include formulating and supervising the IU's programs and activities consistent with the policies established by the IU Convention and in accordance with the Union's Constitution.
He graduated from the Harvard Trade Union Program in 1996.