Meet members of the AFL-CIO's Young Workers Advisory Council.
Karns, of Franklin, Pa., is a Therapeutic Activities Aide for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare at Polk Center and a student at the National Labor College in Silver Spring, Md., studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies. Karns’ mother was an AFSCME member and now is treasurer of her retirees’ chapter. Karns is on AFSCME Council 13's Next Wave Steering Committee.
Doherty-LaCasse is a special education teacher, a member of Boston Teachers Union (BTU) Local 66 and an Executive Board member of BTU. She also serves as an Executive Board member of the Greater Boston Labor Council, Futures Representative of the Greater Boston Labor Council, former Futures Massachusetts AFL-CIO representative, a building representative (steward) and a delegate to her union’s affiliated organizations, including the AFT and the Greater Boston Labor Council. Her father was president of the BTU for 20 years and now is special assistant to the president of AFTMA. Doherty-LaCasse is the lead singer/saxophone player of a rock band named "The Swells."
Duckett joined Working America in February 2007. As assistant field director, he helps manage and maintain all aspects of a network that has reached more than 20 canvass offices with more than 500 paid canvass staff. Prior to serving at Working America, he worked as the field director for the Democratic Party of Georgia, where he helped manage field campaigns for two of the most competitive congressional races in the country, and as canvass director for Grassroots Campaigns Inc. on its fundraising project with the Democratic National Committee. He was raised in Atlanta, where he received a bachelor's degree in Religion and Political Science from Emory University. In his few moments away from politics, he spends his time playing and following soccer and trying new techniques in the kitchen.
Arciniega, of San Jose, Calif., is a full-time customer service representative at Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and a full-time college student—a schedule that has forced him to give up his pass-times of baseball and Azteca/Foklorico traditional dance, at least for now. He is involved with Electrical Workers' (IBEW’s) LU1245 YES (Youth Engaged for Solidarity) Group.
Kuntzler has worked in the political field for more than seven years. A University of Colorado at Denver graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, she began working for the labor movement in 2004 as an intern and was hired on as the political organizer for the Colorado AFL-CIO. In 2006, she ran the field program in Pueblo for both the Colorado AFL-CIO program and the campaign to increase the state minimum wage. In 2007, she began work as the political director of the Denver Area Labor Federation, shifting her focus to include work at the municipal and county levels, and in 2008, she was released to the Colorado AFL-CIO to run the statewide field campaign that helped elect Sen. Udall and President Obama and defeated amendments 47 and 49. In 2009, she helped lead the campaign that defeated Initiative 300 in Denver, which targeted undocumented immigrants. Kuntzler sits on the NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado Public Policy Advisory Committee and is a member of The Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 37074. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Organizational Development from George Mason University and the National Labor College.
Gaitaud, a member of United Steelworkers Local 7150 in Albany, Ore., is a journeyman millwright. He has held several positions with his local, including treasurer, PAC chair, safety chair, Executive Board member and a member of the Rapid Response Committee. Currently he serves on the union’s grievance committee and the USW young worker council. He’s also president of Oregon AFL-CIO Young Emerging Labor Leaders (YELL). Gaitaud, who is a father of three young children, says his family gatherings can be “interesting, to say the least”—he says his parents are right-wing union opponents while his in-laws are fourth-generation union members.
Wyvill, who grew up in Churchton, Md., joined the Machinists (IAM) union in February 2007 as an administrative secretary in the Strategic Resources Department. In March 2007, she was nominated and elected as a shop steward for her local. Last fall, Wyvill earned a certificate of achievement for completion of the Leadership I course, offered by the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Technology & Education Center in Hollywood, Md. In February 2010, Wyvill was appointed to the newly formed IAM Youth Focus Group, designed to educate and boost involvement of the IAM’s younger members.
In September 2010, she traveled with the IAM and IUPAT GOTV “It’s About Jobs Now” bus tours, and she helped plan the first-ever IAM Human Rights Conference in 2011. In her community, Wyvill volunteers with her church, with National Autism Speaks and with the Autism Project of Owings, Md. She lives in southern Maryland with her husband and their four boys.
Wyvill, a Maryland native raised on the Chesapeake Bay, joined the Machinists (IAM) union in 2007 in the Strategic Resources Department. Wyvill is a member of the Young Machinists at the IAM’s Grand Lodge and is currently chief steward for her shop.
Wyvill is studying for her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Labor Studies through the partnership between the IAM and the National Labor College. Along with taking classes of her own, she has also facilitated trainings as a member of the AFL‐CIO Young Worker Advisory Council at the 2011 Next Up Conference in Minneapolis and the Inaugural Young Worker Leadership Institute held at the AFL-CIO in August 2012.
Since being appointed to the Young Machinists, which was designed to educate and boost involvement of the IAM’s younger members, Wyvill has traveled with the IAM and IUPAT GOTV “It’s About Jobs Now” bus tours, helped plan the first-ever IAM Human Rights Conference, been involved with the D.C. YTU (Young Trade Unionists) and sits on the OPEIU Local 2 “Step Up” young workers committee. Wyvill has walked picket lines, attended many political rallies, worked campaigns and networked with union members throughout the labor movement.
Wyvill says that being a unionist comes natural to her. As the mother of four boys, one with Autism, taking a wholehearted stand for solidarity and issue advocacy is a given. In her community, she sings in the choir, volunteers with her church, with the National Autism Speaks Foundation and with The Autism Project of Owings, Md.
Redleaf is a Daytime Emmy Award-winning actor-writer-director. He's the creator and co-star of "Odd Jobs," winner of the 2010 Streamy Award for "Best New Web Series," the 2010 Independent Television Festival for "Best Writing" and the "15 Gigs of Fame" Jury Prize from the New York Television Festival. He has appeared in numerous films, series and animated projects and recently joined the cast of "Sesame Street," creating the role of "Gonnigan." Redleaf is developing a multi-platform series for Fox Television Studios and splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. He is a member of the Screen Actors, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actor's Equity.
Wilfong, a native New Yorker who was raised in Baltimore, has been employed with the Postal Service for 15 years and has been a union member and a union rep for five years. She serves on the Executive Board of the Baltimore Young Trade Unionists (YTU). At the Postal Service, she is the Social and Recreation commissioner, the AFL-CIO Christmas Basket coordinator, P.O.W.E.R. secretary, Human Relations assistant and is on the Constitution Committee and the Ergonomics team.
Ingerick, of Arlington, Va., is a member of Young Trade Unionists and DC Young Trade Unionists. She is the public relations manager for American Income Life.
Sloan, of Washington, D.C., is a member of the Young Lions and director of Government Affairs for the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT).
Eric Clinton is president of UNITE HERE Local 362, which represents 6,300 attractions, custodial and vacation planners at Walt Disney World and food service workers at the Orlando International Airport.
As a Disney worker, Eric first became active in his union in 1998 as a member and Shop Steward for his area at the Disney-MGM Studios. Signing up new members and enforcing the workers’ contract became a priority for him. A significant victory was won for his co-workers when Eric led a fight to end discrimination of his female co-workers. Later, he became an Executive Board member of his Local Union before joining the Union staff to work full-time for the organization in 2001. His first major campaign work was organizing some of the 60,000 members of Local 226 during their 2002 city-wide contract fight for Casino workers in Las Vegas. Upon returning to Orlando, he became a union representative for Local 362, training and developing workplace leaders at Walt Disney World. His growing experience and eagerness to learn pushed him into the position of lead organizer for his local in 2005. Eric trained for this role in Toronto working with Local 75 on the union city-wide hotel contract fight. Eric became president of Local 362 in April of 2008 when his long-time mentor and former Local 362 president Morty Miller retired.
Eric has also been active in local politics, interfaith organizing, Labor in the Pulpit, civil disobedience and participated in the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003.
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