Over twenty years of experience working on labor issues in the public and private sectors. Demonstrated experience in strategic planning and development of programs for local and state campaigns especially as they apply in the areas of member recruitment and engagement, bargaining, and political activities. Proven ability to develop and maintain working relationships with members, staff, community partners, elected officials and other stakeholders. Comprehensive understanding in each of the following areas: organizational budgets, the Oregon political environment and the challenges facing labor and working families and how these apply to state, local and national arenas. Experience serving as chief negotiator during bargaining for locals, of varying size and areas of the State. Experience supervising employees and managing an office.
Inclusive leadership style
Experienced speaker and trainer
Project development and management
Launched well-received program of professional development courses for all staff.
Mentored and coached employees resulting in a 12% increase in productivity.
Initiated [project] which resulted in [positive outcome].
Spearheaded new [program] program which increased retention.
Elected AFSCME International Vice President for Northwest Region.
07/2016 to Current
International Vice PresidentAFSCMEElected by member delegates at the International Convention. Serve on the International Executive Board.
07/2005 to Current
Collective Bargaining DirectorOregon AFSCME Council 75 － Portland, Oregon
Work with management team collaborating, developing and implementing Council programs; responsible for the supervision of 11 council representatives across the state, legal team and researcher.
Serve as a primary resource and contact for staff regarding advice, counsel and assistance with complex situations.
Attend meetings and participate in work groups on behalf of the Council and the Executive Director.
Work with staff to plan ways to meet performance expectations, take corrective action and provide supportive measures when necessary.
Assist members with drafting constitutional and policy changes.
Speaker and presenter at various trainings and workshops on labor issues for AFSCME International, LERC and other labor gatherings.
Experience developing trainings and related materials on bargaining, health insurance, PERS, and student loan forgiveness.
Oversee bargaining operations.
Responsible for developing model contract language, mentoring new staff on bargaining, providing direction and support to council representatives and local bargaining teams during negotiations.
Assisted the Executive Director in leading State Central Table negotiations.
Worked with other public sector unions and staff on "common good bargaining" concepts and proposals which allowed us to bring community partners to the bargaining table to address work force development, $15 minimum wage, and contracting out.
Work closely with Political Director and staff to coordinate and implement Council political program in the locals, while also working with staff to support the locals in developing their own local endorsement process.
Working relationships with key elected officials and staff at federal, state and local levels
Testified and lobbied legislators on priority Council bills.
Acted as primary on development and implementation of union program on member engagement and recommitment in light of anti-union attacks. Including drafting and reporting back on International grant. Largest grant Council has received from International.
Serve on the International Union workgroup on best practices related to member engagement, education and recommitment, including staff expectations and accountability.
11/2002 to 06/2005
Senior Policy AdvisorCOMMISSIONER RANDY LEONARD － Portland, Oregon
Served as Commissioner's Liaison to the Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC) and the Bureau of Licenses (BOL).
Worked directly with BOEC and BOL directors and staff in the management of the bureaus, including development and implementation of bureau labor management committees, bureau budgets, goals and vision, code rewrites, policy changes, media and employee issues.
Had direct responsibility for management issues.
Served as chair of Towing Administrative Rules Committee.
Advised the Commissioner on issues including labor and bargaining, parks, education, public safety, health benefits, and water.
Managed ordinances and resolutions from conception and drafting through adoption.
Organized and facilitated policy work groups with elected officials and principal stakeholders.
Worked with elected officials, constituents and interest groups on development and implementation of ordinances and resolutions.
Served as Acting Chief of Staff when needed.
Served as Commissioner's representative to a variety of board and committees.
06/2005 to 09/2013
Council RepresentativeAFSCME Council 75 － Portland, Oregon
Served as Chief Negotiator and provided representation and advocacy to private sector and public sector locals (including strike permitted and prohibited locals) at state, county and city levels.Experienced in both traditional and interested-based bargaining.
Led locals in the development and implementation of collective bargaining campaigns, including training and development of member action teams, work place actions, meeting with key stakeholders, including elected officials and interest groups.
Worked on internal and external organizing campaigns.Handled membership grievances from beginning though arbitration.
Provided various member trainings including, steward training, and bargaining, health care, PERS, FMLA/OFLA and Member Action Team development.
Worked on locals, political campaigns and AFSCME Political Department on local levies, recalls, and elections that directly effect AFSCME locals and membership.
Developed and maintained relationships with elected officials, community groups and citizens.
Represented public and private sector employees on employment and bargaining issues, including issues and cases for OEA.
Managed cases from initial client intake to resolution.
Prepared and argued cases before Employment Relations Board administrative law judges and arbitrators, and negotiated settlements.
Performed extensive legal research.
Lead Law ClerkUNITED STATES ATTORNEY'S OFFICE － Portland, Oregon
Managed and supervised summer law clerks, managed Central Violations Bureau docket (federal misdemeanors and petty offenses) for the District of Oregon, prosecuted federal petty offenses under Law Student Appearance Rule, negotiated settlements with defendants, drafted motions and briefs; researched and analyzed criminal and civil laws.
02/1994 to 09/1998
Chief of Staff/ Legislative AideSENATOR RANDY LEONARD － Portland, Oregon
Analyzed policies, supervised office staff, maintained Senator's daily schedule, wrote floor speeches, mediated between groups, testified before Senate and House committees, tracked legislation, researched policy areas, worked with lobbyists, legislators and constituents on legislation.
Responsible for maintaining legislative budget.
AFSCME International Leadership Academy
Harvard Trade Union Program － Cambridge, MassachusettsSelected by classmates as graduation speaker.
Willamette University, College of Law － Portland, OregonFocus on Labor Law, and Dispute Resolution
Bachelor of Science: Political Science PhilosophyPortland State University － Portland, Oregon
Political Science, Major
International Vice-President, AFSCME International Board Committee Member, Public Employees Benefits Board Previous Executive Board Member, Oregon AFL-CIO Member, Oregon State Bar Association Member, Federal Bar, District Court of Oregon