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Northeast Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation hires new Staff Representative


MARCH 2015, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton Edition of The Union News

Northeast Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation hires new Staff Representative


REGION, March 5th - The Northeast Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation (NEPA-ALF), O’Neill Highway in Dunmore, a labor federation with approximately seventy-five labor organizations from throughout Northeast Pennsylvania are affiliated, named David Carey Jr. of Nanticoke, Luzerne County, as their next Staff Representative. Mr. Carey is a member of the United Steel Workers (USW) Union Local 5652, Union Street in Wilkes-Barre. The previous Staff Representative resigned in August 2014.

Mr. Carey will be the fourth Staff Representative since the Northeast Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation was created approximately 12 years ago.

There are six Central Labor Council’s (CLC’s) and one Labor Chapter affiliated with the NEPA-ALF including: the Five-County CLC; the Northern Tied CLC; the Lehigh Valley CLC; the Schuylkill CLC; the Greater Wilkes-Barre CLC; and the Scranton Central Labor Union. The Carbon County Labor Chapter is also affiliated with the NEPA-ALF. The labor federation is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).

The labor federations are made-up of unions that represent workers employed in Lehigh, Northampton, Schuylkill, Union, Snyder, Montour, Clinton, Bradford, Lycoming, Columbia, Northumberland, Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Wyoming, Wayne, Sullivan, and Susquehanna Counties of Pennsylvania.

Corey Lockard, Chairperson of the NEPA-ALF, who is also the Director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Union District Council 86, New Columbia, which represents AFSCME members throughout north-central Pennsylvania including the Williamsport region, stated after conducting interviews with more than ten applicants for the position, Mr. Carey was selected by the organizations’ executive board, which is made-up of members affiliated with the NEPA-ALF.

The NEPA-ALF Staff Representative is a full-time paid position that is the go-between the labor federation and their affiliated labor organizations. The person meets with elected political officials to better communicate on issues that are important to the labor community. Also, the Staff Representative is there to assist the labor community in organizing campaigns, protests, public at-large events, community projects and overall helps mobilize the labor community.

Mr. Lockard became the third Chairperson of the NEPA-ALF mid-summer 2014.