David B. Durkee was elected as BCTGM International President by the Union’s General Executive Board in September 2012 to serve the unexpired term of Frank Hurt, who retired effective January 1, 2013 after serving as president of the International Union since October 1, 1992.
Durkee was elected to his first full term as International President of the BCTGM during the union’s 39th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas on August 8, 2014.
Durkee was first elected to fill the open position of International Secretary-Treasurer by the BC&T’s General Executive Board in May 1998. He was elected to his first full term as International Secretary-Treasurer on July 17, 1998, during the union’s 35th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas. He was re-elected by union delegates at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Conventions.
In March 1992, Durkee was elected as International Executive Vice President by the union’s General Executive Board. At the 1994 BC&T Constitutional Convention, delegates elected Durkee to serve a full four-year term in that office. He was named as International Director of Organization in 1990.
In 1986, Durkee was appointed a BCTGM International Representative.
Durkee, a long-time resident of Evansville, Ind., has been a BCTGM activist since joining Local 280 (Evansville, Ind.) in 1973 as a baker at Lewis Brothers Bakery. In 1983, Durkee became Local 280′s business agent and financial secretary.
During his tenure with Local 280, Durkee was an AFL-CIO community service counselor and a vice president of the Evansville Labor Temple. He also coached a variety of community sports teams.
While serving the union full time, Durkee earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana in 1981 and his master’s degree in agency counseling from Indiana State University in 1986. Additionally, Durkee is a 1991 graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program.
In November 2012, Durkee was elected to serve as the Chairman of the Bakery and Confectionery Union and Industry International Health Benefits and Pension Funds. In February, Durkee was elected to serve as a Vice President of the AFL-CIO and a member of the Executive Council. Durkee also serves as the chairperson of the AFL-CIO Capital Strategies Committee and as a Trustee of the National Labor College.
Durkee has served as an Executive Board Member of the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department, the First Vice President of the AFL-CIO Union Label & Service Trades Department, and as the Chairman of the AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Conference.
Durkee resides in the Washington, D.C. area and also maintains a home in Evansville. He is married and has three children and five grandchildren.