AFL-CIO Local Union Coordinator Spotlight

AFL-CIO Local Union Coordinator Spotlight
Local Union Coordinator Spotlight Each week, the Eastern Region Weekly Newsletter will spotlight one of our local union coordinators. LUCs are the backbone of the AFL-CIO field operations and the connection between the federation and local unions.  

As a local union coordinator for the National Federation of Public and Private Employees, Willie Bailey has helped the Broward Central Labor Council reach members who are not accessible in the LAN and who make our election efforts more successful. 

Bailey is a native of South Florida, born and raised in Miami. His father and uncles were all members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT). Therefore, the value, ethics and principles of unions were instilled in Bailey at an early age. This helped him to understand and appreciate the working class of America. Shortly after graduating from high school, he went to work full time for Miami Shores Village. It was there that Bailey understood the importance of unions in the public sector as well as the private. As soon as he was eligible, he became a union member of the National Federation of Public and Private Employees. 

“Willie has participated yearly with the Florida AFL-CIO ‘Working Families Lobby Core’ and traveled to Tallahassee to watch and speak against several anti-worker Senate and House bills,” says nominator Dana Shumate of the Florida AFL-CIO. “Willie was recently recognized by the Broward Central Labor Council with the Justice for Working Families Award. 

“In addition, Willie is the Sergeant of Arms of the Broward Central Labor Council and our designee for the Code of Conduct program of the AFL-CIO. Willie has supported the Broward Central Labor Council in all actions and fundraising efforts that the CLC has asked of him; he is a constant support of all our efforts to keep our programs running smoothly. 

“Willie is a member of (APRI) and he serves as an APRI Gentle Warriors Assistant Youth Coordinator for 65 local youths doing community service activities while helping them understand the importance of higher education and preparing them to be future labor leaders.”