HARRISBURG, Pa., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Edward J. Keller has been unanimously reelected to an unprecedented seventh consecutive term as state leader of the largest AFL-CIO union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). AFSCME represents approximately 95,000 public employees and health care workers in Pennsylvania. More than 500 delegates to AFSCME Council 13's 25th Anniversary Convention, April 18-19, Philadelphia, PA, unanimously reelected Keller. Keller was first elected Council 13 Executive Director in 1981, and reelected in 1983, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1995, and 1998. In 1996, he was reelected to his fifth consecutive term as a Vice President of AFSCME's International Union, which represents more than 1.3 million public employees and health care workers nationwide. Keller is Chairman of the PA Public Employees Health and Welfare Fund; Chairman of the PA Employees Benefit Trust Fund; a member of the PA State Employes' Retirement Board; Co-Chair of the PA AFL-CIO Community Services Committee; a member of the Governor's Economic Development Partnership Committee on Health Care; a member of the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry's Safety and Health Advisory Board; a member of the Governor's Office of Citizen Service (PennSERVE) Community Service Advisory Board; and a member of the Penn State University Labor Advisory Committee. Council 13 members also elected a new president, Randy Rush (a resident of Washington, PA), and reelected: Secretary, Barbara Widner (Berlin, Somerset County); Treasurer, James Byrnes (Mehoopany, Wyoming County); and Executive Board Members, Barbara Cooper (West Chester) and Georgi Galen (Lancaster). They also elected new Executive Board Members: Melvin McCraw, Sr. (Harrisburg), Gail Jakobowski (Fairview, Erie County), and Alan Redding (Hanover, York County); and Trustees: Pay Coyne (Pittsburgh), Virginia Smith (Williamsport), Jackie Marshall (Pittsburgh), and Ron Whitmoyer (Wernersville, Berks County).
SOURCE AFSCME Council 13