WSLC announces election of VPs

Labor leaders from throughout Washington elected to serve on the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO Executive Board


SEATTLE (Dec. 8, 2022) — The unions that comprise the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO at this time elected regional Vice Presidents to a 4 yr time period on the WSLC Executive Board. These leaders, representing communities throughout Washington State, be part of the historic management staff of WSLC President-elect April Sims and Secretary Treasurer-elect Cherika Carter, the primary Black girls to guide a state federation of the AFL-CIO.

The voice of labor in Washington, the WSLC is the biggest labor group within the state, comprised of greater than 600 affiliated native unions and organizations, representing over half one million rank-and-file union members. Sims, Carter and WSLC Vice Presidents will start their four-year phrases on Jan. 5, 2023.

“Enthusiasm for union organizing is the best it’s been in a technology and it’s important that each one working folks see a spot for themselves in our motion,” stated President-elect April Sims. “This is the ability of democracy in organized labor, choosing leaders throughout race and place to affix collectively to construct energy for all working folks. I’m honored by the belief our associates have positioned in us to do that liberatory work.”

Sims and Carter have been elected by acclamation in October, together with a quantity of regional Vice Presidents (see an inventory of all regional Vice Presidents under). Their election is a historic second for organized labor; Sims would be the first Black lady to guide any AFL-CIO state federation within the United States and the primary lady to guide the WSLC; Carter is one of only some state fed leaders of their thirties, and solely the second lady of coloration to function Secretary Treasurer of the WSLC.

“As a member of probably the most pro-worker technology in many years, I relish the chance to carry up the voices of younger staff and assist form the fashionable labor motion now and into the long run,” stated Secretary Treasurer-elect Cherika Carter. “Our solidarity throughout generations is one of labor’s biggest instruments for successful for working households.” 

“I couldn’t be extra proud of the inspiring labor leaders our associates have chosen to steward one of the best state federation within the US,” stated present President Larry Brown, who announced his retirement earlier this yr. “With April, Cherika and vice presidents from each nook of the state, I’m assured that Washington’s labor motion is in good arms. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with these gifted people.”

Together, the WSLC President, Secretary Treasurer, regional and at-large Vice Presidents and leaders of AFL-CIO constituency teams comprise the WSLC Executive Board, which meets quarterly and establishes the WSLC’s insurance policies and priorities of the council between conventions. For extra details about the duties and obligations of the WSLC government officers and board, see the WSLC Constitution and By-Laws

The under people will function regional Vice Presidents for the 2023-2026 time period:

Sean Bagsby, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Katie Garrow, Laborers International Union of North America
Jon Holden, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Jane Hopkins, Service Employees International Union
John Scearcy, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Debbie Gath, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Stacy Martin, Laborers’ International Union of North America

Clint Bryson, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Mark Riker, Sheet Metal Workers
Diana Winther, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

Nick Bumpaous, United Association
Eric Thrift
, Laborers International Union of North America
Jessica Wadsworth, Laborers’ International Union of North America

Ted Cummings, United Steelworkers
Tina Morrison, American Federation of Musicians
James Tieken, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Vance Lelli, American Federation of Musicians
Chuck Moe
, Laborers International Union of North America
Patty Rose, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

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