Hot Doc: Nominee for Public Printer of the United States
William J. Boarman, Nominee for Public Printer of the United States
William J. Boarman is President of the Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Sector of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), and the Senior Vice President of CWA. Mr. Boarman has been associated with the printing industry, its labor relations and personnel management for over 40 years starting with his four-year apprenticeship at McArdle Printing in Washington, D.C., succeeding to Journeyman Printer (Practical Printer by Trade) in 1971. In 1974 Mr. Boarman accepted an appointment as Printer to GPO. In 1977, Mr. Boarman took a leave of absence from GPO to serve in various elected posts within the International Typographical Union, which merged with CWA in 1987. He is chairman of the CWA/ITU Negotiated Pension Plan, a multi-employer defined benefit pension plan with assets of $1 billion; President of the International Allied Printing Trades Association; and President of the Union Printers Home, a 122-bed skilled nursing facility in Colorado Springs, CO. Mr. Boarman served three terms as co-chair of the Council of Institutional Investors (CII) and as the first-ever public member of the Maryland Commission on Judicial Disabilities.
An “inside” scoop, in the form of an e-mail to the government documents community from a long time Government Documents Librarian, Bernadine Abbott-Hoduski:
I enthusiastically support William Boarman for Public Printer of the United States. I have worked with Bill since 1974. He served on the Joint Committee on Printing Ad Hoc Committee on Revision of Title 44. This is the same committee that Francis Buckley & Lois Mills served on.
He supported depository libraries receiving government docs in electronic format in the 70s so was a pioneer in supporting an electronic system. He supports historic documents, such as the Serial Set continuing to be produced in permanent archival format (acid free paper and archival binding).
He was instrumental in supporting the transformation of GPO into the electronic printing and publishing giant that it is. He supported and supports ongoing training of GPO workers and librarians in the new technologies. He is a good man and will make a fine Public Printer.
–forwarded to you by Lori Lester, Government Documents Librarian