Labor's Voice for Change (43) June 11, 2009

IFPTE President Junemann Announces
A Run for AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer

By Harry Kelber


Greg Junemann, president of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) has publicly announced his candidacy for the position of AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer. He is the first national labor leader to seek the Federation’s No. 2 spot when it chooses new officers at its quadrennial convention on September 14-17 in Pittsburgh.

In announcing his candidacy, Junemann said; “My main objective as secretary-treasurer will be to bring financial stability to the AFL-CIO. Without a doubt, getting the AFL-CIO’s finances on a stable footing will be a challenge — perhaps the Federation’s toughest.

“Yet I believe by streamlining the AFL-CIO’s operations in line with its core missions and with the priorities of the affiliated unions, we can accomplish this. My intention is to be totally open and transparent with our affiliates in examining and structuring our financial operations.”

Under Junemann’s leadership (first as Organizing Director/Secretary-Treasurer and later as union president), IFPTE has experienced a 250 percent increase in membership in little more than a decade. IFPTE is today one of the nation’s fastest-growing unions. Key to the union’s success has been strong financial management, tied to regular strategic planning and the involvement of the membership in decision planning.

The union, which represents engineers and technical workers at such companies as Boeing, General Electric, Westinghouse and United Airlines, also includes skilled federal employees at the Army Corps of Engineers, NASA scientists and researchers at the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

Before becoming a full-time union leader, Junemann was employed for 17 years at the Latish Company in Wisconsin, where he worked as a Senior Cost Estimator and Project Planner.

In 2005, Junemann was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council, where he serves as Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee and as a member of various committees, including Training and Education, International Affairs and Political Policy,

Junemann is married to Toni, and they have three children: Joe, Matt and Molly. He resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C,

Now Is the Time to Become a Candidate and Tell Your Story

The following national positions will be open in the election that will take place at the AFL-CIO’s 2009 convention in Pittsburgh:

Three top executive officers, President, Secretary-Treasurer and Executive Vice President.

43 Members of the Executive Council,

If you would like to become a candidate for any of these positions, send a registered letter, with a brief statement of your qualifications to:

Richard Trumka
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer
815 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

If you would like more information about the process, send an e-mail to: http://www.laborsvoiceforchange.org/.

Article 44 of “Labor’s Voice for Change” will be posted on Tuesday, June 16.