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Walter Klepaski retires from Wyoming Valley United Way

08.28.13

AUGUST 2013, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Walter Klepaski retires from Wyoming Valley United Way

BY PAUL TUCKER
THEUNIONNEWSSWB@AOL.COM

REGION, August 4th- Walter Klepaski, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) labor federation United Way of the Wyoming Valley Community Services Labor Liason, the go-between the labor community and the United Way, has retired after more than 33 years on the job.

Mr. Klepaski, 66 years old, last day at the United Way was August 2nd. He started as the Labor Liaison in 1979 and is a member of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 130 in Scranton.

Mr. Klepaski replaced Rose Brader in 1979 when she retired after serving 31 years as the Labor Liaison of the 29 agency affiliated United Way of the Wyoming Valley. The community based organization was created in 1921 and serves in helping people in need throughout Luzerne County excluding the Hazleton area which has their own United Way chapter. The United Way of the Wyoming Valley has had a Labor Liaison since 1948.

“I plan to do some travelling in my retirement. I’m going to join the American Red Cross Disaster Program as a volunteer,” Mr. Klepaski told the newspaper. He also wants to spend more time with his wife Grace and his eight grandchildren.

Prior to becoming the Labor Liaison Mr. Klepaski was a working member of the Laborers Union Local 215 in Wilkes-Barre. Local 215 is now part of Local 130 in Scranton.

Ms. Brader was a member of the United Textile Workers (UTW) Union.

Mr. Klepaski stated the late legendary labor leader Sam Bianco and Gil Cooney were his mentors after taking the position of labor liaison. “I was blessed over the years to be surrounded by great labor people, which made my job a lot easier,” Mr. Klepaski stated.