About 75 committed Council 77 members from around West Virginia
traveled to Charleston on ice covered roads to attend their annual Lobby Day
Event always held on a state holiday - President's Day. Influential elected
officials spoke to the group in the morning and the afternoon was spent
attending appointments with legislators from member's home districts and
watching the House and Senate in session discussing new laws of the state.
Collective Bargaining, pay increases, longevity compensation and reducing
insurance costs topped the day's legislative agenda.
Council 77 Vice President Pat Jack
introduces Delegate Mike Caputo, a Democrat
representing Marion County. Mike serves as the Majority
Whip in the House of Delegates as well as working for
the United Mineworkers as a representative. Delegate
Caputo talked about the process for passing a
collective bargaining bill.
WV AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue
listens to the legislators before telling members how
well the 3 AFL-CIO unions who represent state employees
work together. AFSCME, CWA and UMWA all represent
different segments of state employees.
Newly elected Secretary of State, Natalie
Tennant, a member of AFSCME Local 3248 talks to her brothers and
sisters about the importance becoming involved in the political
Senator Erik Wells answers questions about the
AFSCME Retiree Chapter 77 President Ernest
“Spud” Terry talks to members about needed retiree improvements.
AFSCME Council 77 Executive Board met after the
Lobby Day event. Not pictured are Jim Prater and Pat Jack.
Members from Local 598 who work for the City of
Huntington wait to meet with one of their area legislators.
Delegate Dan Poling (center) chats with members
as he waits to speak to the crowd. WV AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer
Larry Matheney (left) looks on and listens.
AFSCME WV Council 77, AFL-CIO
501 Leon Sullivan Way, 1st Floor
Charleston, WV 25301