Honoring Gerald W. McEntee, President, AFSCME

Resolution 11-11.19L

WHEREAS, in 1981, Gerald W. McEntee was elected International President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and has served in that position for the past thirty years, more than doubling the AFSCME membership to 1.6 million households, leading the fight to assure public workers have a voice on the job, spearheading the successful effort to stop President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security, and advocating for diversity and inclusion within the American labor movement, evidenced by his efforts to win equal pay for women, health care and family leave for all workers, a voice in the workplace for all people, regardless of age, race, color, religion or sexual orientation; and


WHEREAS, as a Vice President of the AFL-CIO and chair of the Political Education Committee, co-chair of Health Care for America NOW!, and co-founder and chairman of the Economic Policy Institute, Gerald W. McEntee is the preeminent voice for working Americans, the nation's leading advocate for our nation's vital public services, and the labor movement's principal architect in maximizing the political and electoral strength of working families; and


WHEREAS, prior to assuming the presidency of AFSCME, Gerald McEntee began his distinguished career as a labor leader in Pennsylvania in 1958, leading the effort to organize more than 75,000 Pennsylvania public service employees - at the time the largest union mobilization in history, and was subsequently elected Executive Director at the founding convention of AFSCME Council 13 in Pennsylvania, and in 1974 was elected as an International Vice President of AFSCME;


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party proudly honors and thanks Gerald W. McEntee for his lifelong dedication to working families throughout the United States, and his tenacious, bold, and visionary leadership of the American labor movement, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. 


Sponsors: Willie Pelote and Chairman John Burton


Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its November 2011 Executive Board Meeting
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Burlingame
November 20, 2011




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