WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. today issued the following statement on the passing of Communications Workers of America President Emeritus Morton Bahr:
“Morty Bahr was a dedicated trade unionist who spent decades advancing the rights of working people across this country and around the world. As president of the Communications Workers of America for 20 years starting in 1985, Morty helped the union meet the challenges of a rapidly changing workplace and expand its organizing efforts to reach a new generation of workers. His reach extended beyond the CWA as a vice president on the AFL-CIO Executive Council, chair of the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees (DPE), and participant in numerous other labor committees and organizations.
“Morty kept fighting for the labor movement long after he officially retired, and his work will have a lasting impact for decades to come. Many AFGE members have advanced in their professional careers thanks to the online learning scholarship created in Morty’s name that continues to this day.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Morty’s beloved wife Florence and his entire family.”