Local 85 is proud to announce Business Manager Ronald H. Whatley was chosen 2019 Labor Leader of the Year by the Georgia AFL-CIO. Ronnie has been a member of Local Union No 85 since 1972. He was elected Business Representative in 1994 and served until appointed as Business Manager in 2005 where he currently serves today. Ronnie was appointed 11th General Vice President of SMART International in 2010 and now serves as the 1st General Vice President of SMART International.During his tenure as Business Manager of Local Union No 85, Ronnie has led the way to improving pension benefits, health benefits, paid holidays as well as maintaining and advancing standards of living and working conditions for our members.
Ronnie and his wife Susan have been married for forty-four years. They have four children and thirteen grandchildren. He is also an ordained deacon of his church.