AFSCME Re-Elects Fillman

Apr 29, 2013, 10:36 ET from AFSCME Council 13

HERSHEY, Pa., April 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania's largest public employees union, Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), re-elected David R. Fillman (who ran unopposed) to a fourth 3-year term as Executive Director at the union's 41st annual convention held on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Fillman gave a 'State of the Union' address to nearly 1,000 gathered at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.  "It's been 40 years since this union was born," he said.  "But, there are those in power who want to turn back time on worker's rights, on women's rights, on the plight of our poor and the progress of science.  They want to cut programs, cut jobs, cut care and cut funding, but there's one thing they can never cut - solidarity."

Fillman also serves as a Vice President of International AFSCME, which represents more than 1.6 million 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).  He also chairs CLEAR, a coalition of PA labor unions committed to the fight for a fair and job-sustaining state budget.

Also running unopposed was Todd Singer, a Directors Assistant with the Department of General Services, who was re-elected for a third 3-year term as President of Council 13's Board.  The Board is comprised of 23 Officers, Vice Presidents and Trustees who represent more than 67,000 workers employed by the state and its counties, municipalities, cities, school districts, authorities, non-profits and health care facilities.