Wisconsin labor leader dies

AFSCME leader served more than 40 years

Long-serving Wisconsin labor leader Marty Beil has died, according to a release from AFSCME.

Beil died peacefully Thursday night at his home in Mazomanie, according to the release. He recently retired after more than 40 years as a leader of AFSCME.

Beil served as executive director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, since 1985. He started his career in 1969 as a probation and parole officer.

Beil has served as chief negotiator and spokesperson for Council 24 and was appointed to high-level committees and commissions from governors of both parties.

In a retirement letter to union members, Beil wrote, “All of you and the thousands of workers who went before you were able to make life a little better for themselves and their families through the union, and I like to think that I played some role in that.”

Beil was 68.