Union Label and Service Trades Department Executive Council

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Richard Kline

President

Richard Kline began his labor career as a member of the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. He taught in New York City public schools and at Federal City College in Washington, DC. For many years he was an instructor at the George Meany Center in Silver Spring, MD.

A graduate of Lafayette College, Kline served as Director of Communications for the  Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union for 31 years.…

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Debby Szeredy

Secretary-Treasurer

Debby Szeredy was elected in October of 2013 to the position of Executive Vice President of the APWU.  She is proud to be the first woman elected to this executive position in the history of the APWU and now works in DC at the APWU Headquarters.   She is very proud to be a part of a great inspiring team of leaders that want to make a difference in this movement and to be a part of the people’s revolution.   …

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Steve Bertelli

Vice President

Steve Bertelli was elected BCTGM International Secretary-Treasurer at the General Executive Board (GEB) meeting on September 22, 2012.

Bertelli was elected as Third Region Vice President by the GEB on January 1, 2008. He was reelected to serve as an International Vice President at the BCTGM’s 38th Constitutional Convention in 2010.

Bertelli was named a Third Region International Representative in June 1991.…

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Kenneth W. Cooper

Vice President

International Secretary-Treasurer

International President Lonnie Stephenson appointed Kenneth Cooper International Secretary-Treasurer, effective May 1, 2017.

Kenneth W. Cooper resides in Clarksburg, Maryland with his wife, Gina. Together they have raised 3 beautiful daughters and 2 amazing sons.

In May 2017, International President Lonnie R. Stephenson asked Kenny to join him as International Secretary-Treasurer and serve the IBEW as his partner leading the IBEW.…

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Otis Ducker

Vice President

Otis Ducker is currently a member of the American Federation of Musicians, of the United States and Canada, local 161-710 Washington, DC.  He joined local 496 in his hometown of New Orleans, LA approximately sixty years ago. He proformed as a professional musician and bandleader in New Orleans, and traveled throughout the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas for years until entering the Army.  …

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Bernie Evers

Vice President

Bernard “Bernie” Evers Jr. of Local 15 (Hartford, Conn.) has been a dedicated and loyal ironworker in the field and as an officer. A Boston native, Bernie began his membership in 1981 in Local 7 (Boston) and gained journeyman status in 1984. He served Local 7 as vice president, president and business agent/organizer. Throughout his career, Bernie has been a tireless advocate for workers, not only in the Iron Workers Union, but in the open shops as well.…

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George Gallis

Vice President

George Galis was born and raised in the union steel mill town of Monessen, Pennsylvania. He began working for his father’s company, Galis Painting, at age 12. He continued to work as an industrial and commercial painter through high school and eventually joined IUPAT Local Union 327 at age 16. He continued to work as a painter through college and after college.…

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Loretta Johnson

Vice President

LORRETTA JOHNSON is the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. She was elected to the position by a unanimous vote of the AFT executive council in July 2011. Johnson was overwhelmingly re-elected in July 2012 at AFT’s bi-annual convention in Detroit, Michigan.
In October 2011, Johnson was elected treasurer of the AFT Educational Foundation and chair of the AFT Benefit Trust.…

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Patrick Kellett

Vice President

Patrick H. Kellett began his tenure as a Pipefitter in 1981.    After completing his apprenticeship in 1985 with the Murphy Company in Saint Louis, he continued working in the field as a Journeyman, Foreman and General Foreman.  Pat’s executive duties for Local Union 562 began in 1998 as a member of the Finance Committee.

In 2000, Pat was appointed Business Representative for Local 562, and then in 2006, Assistant Business Manager, Chairman on the Board of Trustees.…

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Edward Kelly

Vice President

Edward A. Kelly is the 11th General Secretary-Treasurer in IAFF history, elected in 2016 at the IAFF 53rd Convention.

The son, grandson, brother, nephew and cousin of fire fighters, Kelly joined the Boston Fire Department as a fire fighter/EMT in 1997, where he was assigned to the Technical Rescue team that assisted Worcester Local 1009 at the Cold Storage Warehouse fire in 1999.…

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Mike Linderer

Vice President

Communications Director for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers.

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Richard McClees

Vice President

Richard McClees has been working in the industry for over 40 years after starting as a production worker in Local 206 in San Diego. Since that time he built a career that saw him immersed in every facet of the sheet metal industry while h held virtually every position at every level of our union. McClees followed his father, a proud 65 year member, and two brothers into the trade – all of whom served as models of hard work and commitment.…

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Nicole Rhine

Vice President

Nicole R. Rhine was elected NALC secretary-treasurer by acclamation in 2014 during the union’s 69th Biennial NALC Convention in Philadelphia.

Rhine, a member of Lincoln, NE Branch 8, became a member of the NALC as soon as she joined the letter carrier craft, attending branch meetings and state conventions regularly.

“I couldn’t wait to become a member of the union,” she said.…

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Carlos San Miguel

Vice President

After retiring on July 1, 1995, from the Army at Fort Rucker, Alabama Carlos worked part-time while completing his Bachelors of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics with a Minor in Aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  He began his new career as an airframe power plant mechanic at DynCorp Aviation at Fort Rucker on the FAA aircraft trainer TH-67, a Jetbell Ranger helicopter.…

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Bruce Smith

Vice President

President, Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Union

Bruce R. Smith was sworn in as the President of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union (AFL-CIO, CLC) on January 26, 2010.

Mr. Smith served as International Secretary Treasurer of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union since July 2004, and was re-elected by acclamation to a second four-year term in 2008.…

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James B. Woods

Vice President

James B. Wood has been a member of the International Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC since September 1979, first joining the Motion Picture Studio Production Local 873 as a grip and then the International Cinematographers Guild Local 667.…

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