R. J. Christie

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R. J. "joe" Christie

Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers' Union

Christie joined the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers' Union in 1953 when he went to work for Sinclair Refining Co. in Houston, Texas. He served in a number of elected positions in Local 4-227 before being elected full-time secretary-treasurer in 1967. In 1977 he was appointed OCAW International representative and became International auditor in 1981. Christie was appointed District 4 director in 1988 and became director of the OCAW Gulf Coast Region in 1991 when Districts 4 and 5 were combined. Christie was elected to the position of Secretary-Treasurer on Aug. 22, at the 1997 Convention, replacing the vacancy created by Ernest J. Rousselle's Sept. 1 retirement. Upon his election, Christie said, "This, I guess, is the greatest praise you could ever (give) me, and the simplest thing I can say is thank you very much. I will work hard for you, I will support the programs, the policies of this great International union....I'll do the best job that I know how."[1]