Beasley, Noel

Noel Beasley is an International Vice President of UNITE and the Manager of UNITE’s Midwest Regional Joint Board which represents sixteen thousand workers in seven Midwestern states. Noel began his union work as member of the Textile Workers Union of America’s Local 1818 in Lafayette, Indiana, in 1974. He served as a shop steward and as chairman of the local’s bargaining committee. By 1977, when Noel joined the Union’s staff as a Business Agent for its Indiana-Kentucky Joint Board, the Textile Workers had merged with the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America to form the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union (ACTWU). In 1983 he became the Manager of ACTWU’s Chicago Joint Board and in 1986 was elected an International Vice President and the Manager of the Midwest Regional Joint Board. In 1995 ACTWU merged with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union to form UNITE. Noel also serves as a Director of the Amalgamated Bank of New York and is the chairman of its Trust Committee. He is a trustee of a number of the Union’s pension funds and health and welfare funds.

For twenty years Noel has been the Executive Vice President of the Eugene V. Debs Foundation of Terre Haute, Indiana. He also serves as a member of the National Committee of the Labor Party. Noel has been very active in initiating Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) companies and was a driving force and director of the Textileather Corporation of Toledo, Ohio, from 1988 through 1993, the full five year term of its highly successful ESOP program. He is a  member of the Advisory Council of the Center for Families at Purdue University. His essay “On the Front Lines: The Labor Movement Around the Country” appeared as a chapter in the  anthology Not Your Father’s Labor Movement (Verso, 1998). Noel received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine College in 1966 and a  Master of Arts degree from Purdue University in 1968.