February 9, 2010

Labor leader Lenny Hand died Friday

Lenny Hand (far left)

Long-time local labor leader Lenny Hand died Friday in Celebration, Fla. Hand was 60.

Hand's first venture into union labor was when he joined UAW Local 553 after his high school graduation in 1967 as he began working his first job at Racine Steel/Belle City Malleable. He later worked for the City of Racine and organized AFSCME Local 2239, where he served as the charter President from 1971-75. In the mid-'70s, Lenny became a member of AFSCME Local 67, where he held numerous positions including president. Lenny is also a past president of Racine’s AFL-CIO and of the Racine Labor Paper.

In 2009, Lenny received the Racine County Democratic Party’s Jimmy Arena Award and with his wife, Janice, he received the 2008 Racine County Mr. & Mrs. Solidarity Award.


  1. Rest in peace, Lenny.

  2. Lenny will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to his family on behalf of the Hispanic Business and Professionals Association.

    Lenny gave his all when it came to assuring that everyone was treated equally as employees for the city.

    Lenny was a caring individual and was always ready and willing to help anyone who needed assistance.

    Wally Rendon

  3. I am truly going to miss Lenny. He was a wonderful man. God bless you Janice.

  4. Jodi Peterson2/11/2010 7:16 AM

    Lenny was a good friend going to miss him dearly. Jan your in our hearts & prayers. R.I.P. my friend...Who Loves Ya Baby