Joseph Maloney, the secretary-treasurer of the Building & Construction Trades Dept. of the AFL-CIO and one of the architects of the Helmets to Hardhats program, will step down from his post next month and return to Toronto. The move will allow Maloney to attend to a family member with a serious health problem, the unions said in a statement.

"It is with the deepest regret that we will lose Joe Maloney's dynamic leadership here in Washington, but he will continue to be a force in the building trades, says Edward Sullivan, building trades president.

Maloney will continue to be active in the boildermakers' union, in which he has served in a variety of posts since becoming a member in 1974, says a spokeswoman for the unions.

Maloney has been secretary-treasurer since 2000 and his resignation will not become effective until October 31, Sullivan notes. The building trades governing board of presidents will meet on October 27th to elect a new secretary-treasurer who will serve out the remainder of Maloney's five year term.

Helmets to Hardhats is a web-based recruitment program for returning and unemployed military veterans. Earlier this year, ENR honored Maloney with its Award of Excellence for his efforts in creating the program.