A Message from Kris
Kris Mallory, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 77
Hello AFSCME WV Council 77 members, locals, and extended family. I am excited and motivated to be working with all of you as the new Executive Director. I will be visiting your local meetings as time permits to allow all members to meet and express their ideas and concerns with me on how to improve our great union and its efforts.
I would like to give members a little background about me and my experience in the labor movement and as a union representative. I started in the labor movement while finishing my Masters program at WVU. I was a staff representative for AFT-WV organizing faculty and classified staff at all public higher education institutions within WV. My duties included organizing and expanding membership, legislative updates for members, and working for endorsed candidates for political elections. Once completing my Masters study in Resource Economics I worked for AFT-WV as a staff representative for little under a year until funding for that particular project was cut.
Shortly after that I worked union construction as a carpenter for G&G Builders and Minserco. I worked on commercial construction and mine construction for about a year.
I became involved in my local union as well as international events and quickly found myself working for UMWA International as an organizer and health & safety representative. I worked in that capacity for over 6 years. I represented miners on their behalf for safety in their workplace, as well as in National Labor Relations Board cases for unfair labor practices. I was a successful negotiator having assisted in excellent contracts protecting, preserving, and creating new benefits and working conditions for current members as well as retirees. I have also served as Local Recording Secretary and as Vice-President of my local. I assisted in grievance preparation and contract ratifications.
I plan to work diligently with Council 77 Board members and all rank and file members to strengthen, expand, and reinforce public workers rights in WV. My goals are YOUR goals. Being new to this job it may take me a little while to remember names with faces, but I already consider myself to be in a family with AFSCME brothers and sisters. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas, concerns, or advice.
Once again, I am excited and looking forward to representing and strengthening AFSCME WV Council 77.
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