“It is completely the greatest professional recognition of my existence to become elected for everyone within this capacity and also to represent the great people from the West Virginia AFL-CIO,” Sword stated. “I expect to leading the charge for that betterment of West Virginia working families.”

A graduate of College of Charleston having a degree in accounting, Sword first became a member of the WV AFL-CIO as secretary-treasurer in 2013. Just before that, Sword, 41, was political organizer using the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia. Re-elected to four-year terms around the WV AFL-CIO Executive Board as vice presidents were Sterling Ball, UFCW Bob Brown, AFT Christine Campbell, AFT-WV Joe Carter, UMWA Mike Caputo, UMWA Dan Doyle, AFGE Dave Efaw, IBEW Elaine Harris, CWA Craig Harvey, LIUNA Kathy McCormick, SEIU Chuck Parker, IUOE Dan Poling, IUPAT Vern Swisher, USW and John Wedge, USW.

Elected secretary-treasurer was Andy Walters, part of the Worldwide Painters Union along with a resident of Wheeling. He replaces UMWA member Joe Carter, who filled the unexpired secretary-treasurer term Sword was serving until you are hired president in December 2016.

By unanimous election, people typed out goals for legislation to deal with such issues as the requirement for legislation to inspire purchasing American-made goods local hiring and fair wages on citizen-funded projects protecting retiree pensions advocating condition officials to deal with the personnel crisis inside the corrections system opposing tax changes that penalize working families to the advantage of the rich and all sorts of legislation meant to weaken the voice of workers.

Additionally to electing the 16 people from the WV AFL-CIO’s executive board, the delegates towards the convention also adopted numerous policy position papers indicating federal, condition and native issues vital that you working West Virginians.

President Sword noted that the frequent subject of debate throughout the two-day event was the current passage from the road bond and the necessity to make sure that local personnel are hired for individuals citizen-funded projects.

Greater than 200 union people representing over 100 local union affiliates collected in Charleston now for that West Virginia AFL-CIO’s 29th Constitutional Convention to consider policy and elect officials, selecting Josh Sword to some full four-year term as president from the organization.

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