WASHINGTON - Today, AFGE recognizes the extraordinary contributions of Andrea E. Brooks
, national vice-president for the Women and Fair Practices department at AFGE. NVP Brooks passed away yesterday at the age of 65. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming.
“We are deeply saddened by the tremendous loss of a great friend to AFGE, the labor movement, and to me personally,” said John Gage, AFGE national president. “Andrea was an ardent fighter for civil, women’s and human rights in the workplace and she will be sorely missed.”
During the 2008 election season Brooks led AFGE’s successful voter protection campaign and worked closely with several national organizations including the AFL CIO and Rock the Vote.
NVP Brooks began her government career at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis, Indiana, rising through the ranks of AFGE while working at the Department of Veterans Affairs. NVP Brooks was soon chief steward, then vice president, secretary-treasurer, executive vice president and then president for ten years of AFGE Local 490 at the Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Los Angeles, California. She also was a national representative, a national vice president for the 12th District and a member of the Human Rights Committee.
NVP Brooks' labor activism has always included collaboration with the AFL-CIO, where she served on the Executive Council. She was voted vice president of the California State AFL-CIO and helped to formulate the first federal sector subcommittee at the Los Angeles Central Labor Council.
As the national vice president for Women and Fair Practices, Brooks held a vision for AFGE to move into the forefront of civil rights activism. "I want AFGE to be known as the civil rights union," Brooks emphasized.
Ms. Brooks believed that too often minorities and women have let others define them. She looked to mobilize a civil rights movement of all races and cultures throughout the United States. NVP Brooks is survived by three adult children–two sons and one daughter–and six grandchildren. She was from Indianapolis, IN.