AFSCME Elects Fillman Executive Director

Apr 26, 2004, 01:00 ET from AFSCME Council 13

    HERSHEY, Pa., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's largest public
 sector union, Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County, and
 Municipal Employees (AFSCME), unanimously elected David Fillman to a three-
 year term as Executive Director at the 32nd annual convention held on
 Saturday, April 24.
     "Now is the time to recruit new faces, new ideas and new blood into
 Council 13, to reach our younger members and to help them understand what
 things were like before AFSCME was around," said Fillman.  "The younger
 members need to learn that AFSCME will be there for them."
     Fillman ran unopposed to lead the union, which represents more than 65,000
 public service workers employed by the state, counties, townships, boroughs,
 cities, school districts, and health care facilities.  He had previously
 filled the unexpired term of his predecessor, which began in December of 2002.
     Organizing campaigns launched by Fillman in 2003 added more than 2,000 new
 members to the union's ranks, including employees from Kingston Borough, Wayne
 County, Northampton County, Northwestern Academy, and Northwestern Human
     "Here at Council 13, we are proud of the fact that we added more than two
 thousand workers to our ranks since our last convention.  And I'm going to
 make organizing an even bigger priority in the coming year," said Fillman.
     Fillman also serves as an international vice president of AFSCME
 International, which represents more than 1.4 million public service workers
 in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
     In addition, Fillman chairs the Pennsylvania Employees Benefit Trust Fund
 (PEBTF), which administers benefits for more than 200,000 members including
 active and retired state employees and their dependents, and he sits on the
 board of the State Employees Retirement System (SERS).