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Indiana AFL-CIO

1701 W. 18th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

 

Membership

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The Indiana AFL-CIO represents more than 300,000 members of 800 local unions across the state belonging to 50 International Unions.

 

 

Structure

icon_structureThe Executive Council of the Indiana AFL-CIO consists of the president, secretary-treasurer and the elected and appointed vice presidents, representing a cross section of the affiliates.  Between conventions, the Executive Council is the governing body of the Indiana AFL-CIO.

Every four years, the Biennial Convention elects the President and Secretary-Treasurer who are the executive officers. Every two years at the Biennial Convention, District Vice-Presidents, Union Vice-Presidents and Vice-Presidents-at-Large are elected. The Vice-Presidents and the Executive Officers constitute the Executive Board of the Florida AFL-CIO.  Between conventions, the Executive Board is the governing body.

 

Key Officers

indianaaflcio_brettvoorhiesBrett Voorhies, President, USW

Brett started on the shop floor at Rexnord/Link Belt in Indianapolis as a member of the United Steelworkers (USW). Brett worked hard and eventually held the position of Shop Steward. He served on numerous committees including the safety and legislative committees. Brett also served as Editor of his local union newsletter.

Brett’s proven leadership qualities on the shop floor led to a staff position as the Legislative and Political Coordinator for Indiana and Illinois for USW, District 7. Brett held that position for over ten years.

Brett was elected President of the Central Indiana Labor Council (CILC) in 2011. Under his leadership, the CILC increased member voter turnout to an all-time record high of 78.4%. In 2013, once again under Brett’s leadership the CILC developed the incredibly popular inaugural Labor Fest Labor Day celebration in Indianapolis.

In December of 2013, citing the need to chart a brighter future for Indiana unions and the working families they represent, he was elected President of the Indiana AFL-CIO at its 28th Biannual State Convention.

indianaaflcio_joebreedlove.pngJoe Breedlove, Secretary Treasurer, Indiana AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 481

From 1979 to 1983, Joe worked and studied as an apprentice with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 481. For the next seven years, Joe worked as Journeyman Wireman and Foreman for various contractors who are signatory to contracts with the IBEW Local 481.

Beginning in 1990, Joe was named as the Business Representative and Referral Agent for IBEW Local 481. In this position, which he held for thirteen years, Joe was responsible for organizing efforts, contract negotiations, grievance management and day-to-day operations for the local. Joe was twice elected by Local 481’s membership to serve as their representative at the IBEW’s national convention.

In 2003, Joe was elected Secretary/Treasurer for the Indiana State AFL-CIO. In this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the AFL-CIO office. In addition, he spends a great deal of time working with the Indiana General Assembly in order to promote legislation that enhances the quality of life for all working families in Indiana.

Since 1991, Joe has served on the Board of Directors for Lebanon Utilities, appointed to that position by Mayor Jim Acton. Joe serves as Vice President of that Board. From 1994 to 1997, Joe served as a member of the Indianapolis Private Industry Council, after being appointed by then Mayor Stephen Goldsmith. From 2000 to 2002, Joe also served as a board member of the Ulen Country Club.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Meany Center (Antioch University), which he earned in 1999.

(See Appendixes for Executive Council and Central Labor Councils)

 

 

Sustainability Profile

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The IN AFL-CIO rarely makes direct statements relating to climate change or the importance of renewable energy. It’s possible that the UMWA affiliation with the IN AFL-CIO has deterred the federation from issuing hard statements on coal mining or fracking.

While the State Federation has remained silent, some locals have been outspoken about the need for greater Indiana involvement in the green economy.  For example, USW Local 1014 of Gary Indiana said, “the job-creation potential of clean-energy investments is being muted as a result of attacks on working people and the middle class.”

It’s worth noting that, at a minimum, the IN AFL-CIO has posted some environmentally related articles on its site. One highlights State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage’s support of green projects. He determined that “the state can play a role in supporting green technology investments.” In 2011, Moseley planned “to introduce a bill during the upcoming Indiana General Assembly session to provide state loans for firms that commit to establishing a facility in Indiana to manufacture or fabricate wind turbines. The catch is that the firms must commit to using American-made steel.” Known as the Hoosier Heritage Innovative Industry Loan Fund, the Bill would provide “tax incentives for companies that build wind turbines to locate in Indiana, providing they use American steel.”

Climate change has directly affected the membership of the Indiana AFL-CIO.  In March 2012, a series of tornadoes decimated Marysville and Henryville, the hometowns of 250 union families. President Nancy Guyott said that the union was

“working with [its] partners at the United Way, to help coordinate organized labor’s emergency response to the extensive tornado damage in Southeastern Indiana.” Indiana AFL-CIO can’t ignore climate change for long.

Appendixes

Appendix 1: Executive Council

Bryon Capper  (CWA)
Suite 155 
2780 Waterfront Parkway-East Dr. 
Indianapolis IN 46214 
Bus: (317) 297-3047  
Bus Fax: (317) 297-3051 
E-mail: BCAPPER@cwa-union.org

Tony Flora (NALC)
1635 N Ironwood Dr. 
South Bend IN 46635 
Bus: (574) 277-3062 
E-mail: nciclc@sbcglobal.ne

David Frye (LIUNA) 
425 S. Fourth St. 
Terre Haute, IN 47807 
Bus: (812) 235-6083
Fax: (812) 232-4420
E-mail: DFryeINLDC@aol.com

Pat Hansen (OPCMIA)
220 N. Fulton Street 
Indianapolis IN 46202 
Bus: (317) 972-4559 
Fax: (317) 972-4907 
E-mail: hansen692@aol.com

Tim Hough (IAM)
2346 S. Lynhurst Dr., STE D-201
Indianapolis, IN 46241
Bus: (317) 247-8488
Fax: (317) 247 – 8825
Mobile: (317) 989-8864
E-mail: machinists@iamawd90.com

Ray Kasmark (IBEW)
2835 165th St. 
Hammond IN 46323 
Bus: (219) 844-6386 Fax: (219) 844-1799 
E-mail: rkasmark@ibew697.org

Brenda Kizer (UNITY)
1936 Pennsylvania St.
Gary, IN 46407
Home: (219) 882-4907
Cell: (219) 742-0885
E-mail: fs9212@comcast.net

Markeya McDaniel (USW) 
3206 N College Ave. 
Indianapolis IN 46205 
Bus: (317) 638-5051 
E-mail: markeyakmc@yahoo.com

Rick Muir (AFT)
422 West 9th St. 
Anderson IN 46016 
Bus: (765) 643-5432 Fax: (765) 643-5743 
E-mail: aft519@aol.com

Jack Neal (UA)
4401 S. Eaton Ave. 
Muncie IN 47302 
Bus: (765) 282-7344 
Fax: (765) 282-5116 
E-mail: jneal661@msn.com

Don O’Blenis (Roofers)
1345 Northside Blvd. 
South Bend IN 46615
Bus: (574)288-6506
 Home: (574)287-9811
Mobile: (574)298-6117
Bus Fax: (574) 288-6511
E-mail: dono@unionroofers.com

Jay Potesta (SMWIA) 
PO Box 20530 
2828 E. 45th St. 
Indianapolis IN 46220-0530 
Bus: (317) 549-6013 
Fax: (317) 549-6018 * 2 
E-mail: jpotesta@smw20.com

Jim Robinson (USW)  
1301 Texas St., 2nd Floor 
Gary IN 46402 
Bus: (219) 881-6208 
Fax: (219) 886-8688 
E-mail: jrobinson@usw.org

Rosa Maria Rodriguez (USW)
3703 Euclid Avenue 
East Chicago, IN 46312, Bus: (219) 801-1896 
Fax: 219-298-24294 
E-mail: rrodriguez@uswa1010.org

Arnold Scott (AFGE) 
5664 Caito Dr., Ste. 100 
Indianapolis IN 46226 
Bus: (317) 542-0428 
Home: (317) 846-0589 
Fax: (317) 542-0519 
E-mail: Scotta2205@sbcglobal.net

Charles Sosbe (IAFF)  
1715 S. Courtland 
Kokomo IN 46902 
Home: (765) 459-9310 
Fax: (765) 459-4977 
E-mail: chuck@sosbe.net

Russ Stilwell (UMWA) 
286 Geneva Way 
Boonville IN 47601 
Home: (812) 897-1211 
E-mail: stilwell1130@yahoo.com

Todd Thacker (IBEW) 
565 East Hulman Dr. 
Terre Haute, IN 47803 
Bus: (812) 877-4239 
Fax: (812) 87-0250 
E-Mail: r_todd@ibew725.org

Bill Verdeyen (BLE-IBT) 
5691 Canal St. 
Terre Haute, IN 47802 
Bus: (812) 894-2944 
Fax: (812) 894-2146 
E-mail: BLEChairIN@aol.com

Rick Vitatoe (GMPIU)
0665 E. 100 S
Bluffton, IN 46202
Bus: (260) 433-1633
E-mail: rickvitatoe@gmpiu.org

Dave Warrick (AFSCME)
1424 N. Pennsylvania St. 
Indianapolis IN 46202 
Bus: (317) 632-1432 
Fax: (317) 624-6609 
E-mail: dwarrick@afscmecn62.org

Charlie Wyatt (USW)
PO Box 247 
Newburgh IN 47629 
Bus: (812) 853-3156 Fax: (812) 853-2973 
E-mail: Charlie104pac@aol.com

 

Appendix 2: Labor Councils

CENTRAL INDIANA CLC 
Brett Voorhies, President
1701 West 18th Street Indianapolis, IN 46202 
317.638.3455 (CLC office) 
317.435.3333 (Cell)

317.638.1053 (Fax) 
E-Mail: bvoorhies@usw.org

 

EAST CENTRAL INDIANA CLC 
Tony Coppock, President
4201 E. Centennial Ave.
Muncie, IN. 47303
765.212.0168 (CLC Office) 
E-Mail: TC_@prodigy.com

 

GRANT COUNTY CLC 
Lucinda Caudill, President 
P.O. Box 1496 
Marion, IN 46952 
765.662.2025 (Home) 
765.674.6733 (Fax) 
E-mail: ljcaudil@yahoo.com

 

HOOSIER HEARTLAND CLC 
Jane Long, President
5113 W 50 N 
Wabash, IN. 46992
260-563-1492 (Home)
260-571-1492 (Cell)
E-Mail: rdlong43@gmail.com

 

HOWARD-TIPTON CLC Artie Scruggs, President 
591 E. 400S. 
Kokomo, IN 46912 
765.419.4474 (Cell)
E-Mail: dbough@ualocal440.org

 

NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA CLC 
Tony Flora, President
2015 Western Ave. Marycrest Bldg #209 
South Bend, IN 46629 
574.289.6414 (CLC Office) 
574.210.1181 (Cell)
574.233.5543 (Fax) 
E-Mail: nciclc@sbcglobal.net

 

SOUTHERN INDIANA CLC 
Jack McNeely, President 
310 SE 8th St.
Evansville, IN 47713
812.422.2552 (CLC Office) 
812.425.9797 (CLC Fax) 
E-Mail: aflcioswclc@yahoo.com

 

WABASH VALLEY CLC 
Bill Treash, President
31 South 13th Street 
Terre Haute, IN 47807 
812.235.9559 (CLC Office) 
812.235.9559 (CLC Fax) 
E-Mail: treash22@aol.com

 

NORTH EAST INDIANA CLC 
Tom Lewandowski, President 
5401 Keystone 
Fort Wayne, IN 46808 
260.482.5588 (CLC Office) 
260.749.0802 (Home) 
260-471-3957 (CLC Fax) 
E-Mail: neiclc@neiclc.org

 

NORTHWEST FEDERATION OF LABOR 
Dan Murchek, President
1919 Willowcreek Rd.
Portage, IN 46368
219-617-6868 (CLC Office)
219-763-6159 (CLC Fax)
E-Mail: admin@nwifed.org

 

NORTHWEST CLC 
Dennis DeMay, President
P.O. Box 125
Lafayette, Indiana 47902
765-490-1232 (Business)
E-Mail: afge648@yahoo.com

 

SOUTH CENTRAL INDIANA CLC 
Bob Laughead, President 
P.O. Box 2212 
New Albany, IN 47151 
502-625-3703 (Business) 
502-582-9152 (Fax) 
E-Mail: laugheadufcw@yahoo.com

 

WHITE RIVER CLC 
Jackie Yenna, President 
4021 W. 3rd St. Suite C
Bloomington, IN 47404 
812.333.8494 (CLC Office) 
812.333.6229 (CLC Fax) 
812.340.2575 (Home) 
E-Mail: wrclc@whiteriverclc.org  

WHITE WATER

 

VALLEY CLC 
Brad Colter, President
1500 East Street 
Connersville, IN 47331 
765.825.1236 (Home) 
765.825.2621 (Business)

 

 

 

 

 

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