The executive board of the Idaho AFL-CIO has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, April 10, when it will have the somber duty of choosing a successor to Dave Whaley, the labor organization's president.
Whaley died Wednesday after battling pancreatic cancer.
A Lewiston native who worked at the Potlatch sawmill, Whaley succeeded former AFL-CIO President Randy Ambuehl in 1996 after Ambuehl's sudden departure. Whaley was formally elected president in June 1999.
Whaley was praised on both sides of the political aisle for working with business owners and state officials in re-crafting Idaho's unemployment insurance rates. He was appointed by the U.S. secretary of agriculture to the nation's Resource Advisory Committee and served, up until his death, as chairman of the United Vision of Idaho board of directors.
Whaley retired from the Idaho AFL-CIO post just a few weeks ago, citing his failing health.
Idaho's AFL-CIO currently includes approximately 11,000 active members.