Union Label and Service Trades Department Executive Council

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Richard Kline


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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Amy Wiser

Director Of Communications

Amy Wiser is Director of Communications for the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers and has more than 20 years of experience in the ever-evolving communications industry. Prior to joining the Boilermakers, Wiser was Chief Communications Officer for Kiwanis International, where she led the global organization’s overall communications, branding, social media, public relations, publications and marketing efforts. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Wiser brings experience from the nonprofit, state government, membership and for-profit sectors, including working for Indiana’s leading public relations and advertising agency.…

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Steve Bertelli

On September 22, 2012, the BCTGM General Executive Board (GEB) elected Steve Bertelli to serve as International Secretary-Treasurer, effective January 1, 2013. He was elected to his first full term on August 8, 2014 by delegates to the BCTGM’s 39th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas.

Bertelli has been a part of the baking industry for most of his life.…

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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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Kenneth Dean

Brother Kenneth “Bill” Dean was initiated into the Local 549 (Wheeling, W.V.) apprenticeship program on December 1, 1977. He was elevated to journeyman status on July 1, 1980. He quickly rose in rank within Local 549 becoming FST/BA in November of 1994. In November of 1997, he was elected FST/BM and served in that position until being appointed by General President Joseph J.…

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George Galis

General Secretary Treasurer

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

Secretary Treasurer

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

General Secretary Treasurer


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Edward Kelly

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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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

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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Debby Szeredy

Executive Vice President

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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James B. Wood

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.…