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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Elissa McBride Re-Elected AFSCME Secretary-Treasurer

At 43rd International Convention, Members Re-Elect Organizer and Educator to Office


Today, member delegates to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 43rd International Convention re-elected Elissa McBride as International secretary-treasurer by an overwhelming margin.

McBride, who received nearly 98 percent of the vote, joins AFSCME President Lee Saunders in returning AFSCME to its organizing roots. In the days following the June 27 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, even in the face of an onslaught of well-funded attacks by right-wing groups aimed at convincing public service workers to drop their unions, nonmembers choosing to join AFSCME outnumbered members leaving the union by a more than two-to-one margin.

Through the AFSCME Strong organizing program, activists have held more than 950,000 organizing conversations with members and nonmembers about the value of union membership, and since 2016, more than 18,000 new members in public service professions, ranging from paramedics and public defenders to bus drivers and sanitation workers, have organized their workplaces to join the AFSCME family.

A former organizer and labor educator, McBride served for 16 years as AFSCME’s director of Education and Leadership Training before the union’s International Executive Board elected her secretary-treasurer by acclamation in March 2017 to fill an unexpired term. McBride’s challenger for re-election was Donna Stern, of AFSCME Council 25 (Michigan).

McBride brings a wealth of experience in organizing and training strategy at a key moment in AFSCME history. As secretary-treasurer, McBride is working to ensure that the billionaires and corporate CEOs who pushed to get the Janus case before the Supreme Court fail to achieve their stated goal of “defunding” public service unions.

Toward that end, McBride said she has a razor focus on becoming an even better steward of our members’ resources so public service workers can continue to build power through AFSCME. 

“I am proud to stand with you on the front lines of the fight for workers’ rights and public services. And I am proud to stand with you as the chief financial officer of our union. Now more than ever, we as leaders must be good stewards of our union’s precious resources,” she said.

McBride went on to say, “I’m thrilled to have the privilege of continuing this work with my inspiring AFSCME sisters and brothers. When I meet with dedicated public service workers who are not only improving our communities every day, but are tenaciously building power block by block and worksite by worksite, I see a bright future for our union. I know our movement will prevail against anti-worker organizations and wealthy special interests.”

Saunders thanked AFSCME member delegates for choosing the right person for a critically important job.

“Elissa McBride has excelled as AFSCME secretary-treasurer over the last 16 months, and I am grateful to our delegates for giving her this mandate today,” Saunders said. “She is an organizer’s organizer, an effective leader who understands the challenges our union faces, with the skills and strategic vision to ensure that we rise up to meet those challenges. She represents the very best of AFSCME, and there is no one I would rather have as a partner in the years ahead.”

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