AFGE District 14 National Vice President Eric Bunn has been elected treasurer of the Metropolitan Washington Central Labor Council, an organization that works with members of the AFL-CIO to create better workplaces for working people in the Washington, D.C. area.
Bunn's decade of service makes him the longest serving member of the council. In his new role as treasurer, Bunn continues the legacy of AFGE involvement in the Council. For many years Josh Williams, former AFGE member and now retired, served as the Council's president.
The election by acclamation took place March 21, 2016. NVP Bunn has been a labor union activist for more than 25 years.
“We need to start looking beyond the issues that affect just our individual unions and look at what labor can do collectively to improve the lives of our middle class and working people. This is the unity that I hope to maintain during my tenure on the AFL-CIO Metropolitan Washington Central Labor Council,” NVP Bunn said.
The work of the Metropolitan Washington Central Labor Council touches every life in the community. It pushes for legislation such as paid family medical leave to allow working people to take care of their families. It provides job training and free legal counseling to individuals who file unemployment compensation appeals.
The Labor Council serves as a hiring hall for union jobs in the area and provides emergency assistance funds to families facing evictions, foreclosures, and utility cut-offs. It operates food drives. It sponsors the renowned DC Laborfest featuring labor film, music, theater, poetry, books, art and history in May every year. It also supports members’ causes, including AFGE’s efforts against D.C. government’s privatization of EMS services.
AFGE congratulates NVP Bunn on the election and this new responsibility!
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