Experience: Currently President Emeritus, Omaha Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO serving 41 years; longest-serving in US history. EDUCATION AFFILIATIONS: Present Charter Member & Chair - Labor Studies Advisory Committee, UNO - William Brennan Institute for Labor Studies
Past Member - Chancellor's Advisory Council, UNO Member - President's Council, Creighton U Vice Chairman - Emergency School Aide Act Advisory Member - Literacy Council of Nebraska Member - NE for Equal Opportunity in Higher Ed Member - Metro Tech Community College Advisory Council Member - President's Advisory Council, UNL
COMMUNITY SERVICE AFFILIATIONS Present Chair - SeptemberFest Secretary - Aksarben Future Trust Board Member - Lasting Hope Recovery Ctr Charter Member - United Way of the Midlands
Past Chair - Salvation Army Board - Kroc Center Chair - Public Relations Development, Salvation Army Chair - Salvation Army Tree of Lights Campaign Vice President- United Way of the Midlands Board Vice President - Salvation Army Vice President & Charter Member - Omaha Schools Foundation Member - Work Net Board Member - United Catholic Social Services Board / Public Relations Member - Lutheran Hospital Board of Trustees Member - Richard Young Memorial Hospital Fund Drive Committee Member - Urban League of NE Board Charter Member - Midlands Information & Referral Service Board
Labor United Inc: 501 (c)(3) established January 1, 2013. In five years (2013 - 2017), Labor United Inc has provided $26,371,739 in our community with in-kind volunteer work, food collections (Branch 5 NALC 2017 Food Drive collected 388,969 lbs of food for local food banks/shelters) and in pledges for United Way of the Midlands to support Basic Needs, Classroom Ready and Workforce Ready programs. Labor United Inc. is now expanding work; requires funding for goal of hiring five educators to speak to students in grades 8 - 12 regarding excellent alternative career pathways in the trades through labor's "Earn as You Learn" Apprenticeships and/or Metropolitan Community College's new Construction Trades program, through partnership agreements. This will reduce an increasing number of our greater Omaha area's "disconnect youth" --10,425 identified by UWM, provide good optional careers and meet shortage of educated, highly-skilled tradesperson for our growing area.