PITTSBURGH, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Rick Bloomingdale was re-elected President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO – along with Frank Snyder as Secretary-Treasurer -- at the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO convention here today .
Both Bloomingdale and Snyder were re-elected by unanimous acclamation by over 600 delegates attending the 41st Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown in Pittsburgh. They will begin serving their second consecutive four-year terms on June 1, 2014. The convention runs until tomorrow, Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Both men said they were honored to be chosen to continue leading the State Federation which is one of the largest in the nation representing over 800,000 union workers in the Keystone State.
"Working people are facing the toughest economic challenges since the great depression. These challenges present historic opportunities for all of us to join together to fight for change and for progress for all workers. Labor must continue to lead in the struggle for good jobs and in giving all workers the strong voice they need and deserve to build a better life for their families and to rebuild our middle class," Bloomingdale said.
In thanking the convention delegates for their support Snyder welcomed, "all workers who share our values and vision to join us. "By coming together we can defeat the attacks on workers, on our unions, on our jobs and our quality of life. We can begin focusing on the real problems and real issues that working people care about, which are jobs, decent wages, good pensions and expanded opportunities for anyone who wants to work. Together we can put Pennsylvania back on the road to recovery and prosperity for all," Snyder added.
Prior to his election as the President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO in 2010, Bloomingdale had served as Secretary-Treasurer, a position he held since June 1, 1994. He began his career in the labor movement with AFSCME in 1977. He was a member of AFSCME's International staff before coming to Pennsylvania to join AFSCME Council 13 as the Political/Legislative Director. Bloomingdale has worked tirelessly to ensure workers' rights. He was a driving force in the enactment of agency shop legislation in Pennsylvania which was vital to workers and their families.
Snyder is a third generation Steelworker from western Pennsylvania who held numerous elected positions including President of USWA Local 8148, his home local. He went on to become an instructor for USW District 20 and District 10 as an organizer. After compiling an impressive organizing record with his union, Snyder was recruited by the National AFL-CIO as Special Assistant to the Northeast Regional Director. In 2007 Snyder was assigned to lead the AFL-CIO political program in Pennsylvania as the Political Director. He worked in conjunction with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. Prior to his election as Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO in 2010, Snyder was named by AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka to lead the national field program in the AFL-CIO's Political Department.
SOURCE Pennsylvania AFL-CIO