WASHINGTON – Longtime union activist David Mollett of Elgin, S.C., has been elected to lead the American Federation of Government Employees’ Fifth District, representing more than 100,000 federal employees in the Southeastern United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mollett was elected national vice president of AFGE District 5 during a special election Oct. 13 in Atlanta. He will fill the remainder of the three-year term vacated when former District 5 NVP Everett Kelley was elected AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer in August.
“I feel the delegates sent a clear message of their desire for us to get back to the past standards of unionism,” Mollett said. “My priorities include forging the bond of unity in the Fifth District and throughout the Federation.”
An Army veteran, Mollett has been a registered nurse for 41 years, serving at all levels of government and in the private sector. He has worked at the Department of Veterans Affairs for the past three decades.
Mollett has been an AFGE representative for 32 years, including 22 years with AFGE’s National VA Council, and currently is first vice president of AFGE Local 1915 based in Columbia, S.C.
“David Mollett is an American patriot, a practicing caregiver, and a committed union activist,” American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. “I congratulate NVP Mollett on his well-deserved election and look forward to working with him to continue serving our members and improving the lives of all working people.”
District 5 is AFGE’s largest district, with more than 51,000 dues-paying members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Members work in VA hospitals, local airports, military bases, federal prisons, and other facilities serving as doctors, nurses, engineers, lawyers, correctional officers, mechanics, teachers, janitors, and more.