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Officers & Staff Info

Richard Kline

President UL&STD


Tim Tuttle

Chairman, United Steelworkers Glass Industry

Vice President

James B. Wood

James B. Wood has been a member of the International Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC since September 1979, first joining the Motion Picture Studio Production Local 873 as a grip and then the International Cinematographers Guild Local 667. Mr. Wood is a second-generation member of the Alliance.

At the time of his election to the position of General Secretary-Treasurer of the IATSE, Mr. Wood held the position of Sixth International Vice President and Director of Canadian Affairs.

In 1995, Mr. Wood was elected as Eleventh International Vice President, becoming the youngest Vice President in the history of the Alliance. Mr. Wood was twice re-elected at International Conventions in 1998 and in 2001, and was appointed Director of Canadian Affairs in 1999 by International President Emeritus Thomas C. Short.

During their 2002 mid-Summer meeting, the General Executive Board unanimously elected Mr. Wood to fill the vacated position of General Secretary-Treasurer of the Alliance. Mr. Wood continues to serve as General Secretary-Treasurer, having been elected, unopposed, by the delegates to the International's 66th Quadrennial Convention held in Orlando, Florida in July 2009.

Prior to joining the International on a full-time basis, Mr. Wood served as the Business Agent for IATSE Local 873 in Toronto and was returned to office in eleven consecutive elections. Mr. Wood continues to hold the distinction of being the longest-serving elected officer in the history of the Local.

Mr. Wood graduated from York University in 1985 with a Master's Degree in Business Administration. He and his wife Heather are the proud parents of two daughters, Kate and Alexandra.

Vice President

George Galis

GEORGE GALIS - General Secretary-Treasurer
George Galis was born and raised in the union steel mill town of Monessen, Pennsylvania. George Galis began working for his father’s company, Galis Painting, at age 12. He continued to work as an industrial and commercial painter through high school and eventually joined IUPAT Local Union 327 at age 16.

In 1978, Galis received his B.A. from California University of Pennsylvania, with a degree in Political Science. He continued his career as a painter until 1982 when he was appointed as an organizer for Local Union 6 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1986, Galis was elected business manager/financial secretary of Local Union 6 and served in that capacity until being appointed as a general representative for the IUPAT in 1993. Galis served as an IUPAT representative until 2002 when he began serving as General Secretary-Treasurer.

During his career, Galis graduated from the Harvard University Trade Union Program and received a Bachelors Degree from the National Labor College.

Mr. Galis and his wife, Dana, have been married since 1988. They have two sons, Emilio and Zachary.

Vice President

Jane Broendel

National Secretary Treasurer, National Association of Letter Carriers

Sharpening the national union’s administrative operations and the wise and efficient use of union resources remain top priorities for Secretary-Treasurer Jane E. Broendel.

A member of Davenport, Iowa Branch 506, Broendel had served three years as assistant secretary-treasurer when NALC President Vincent R. Sombrotto appointed her secretary-treasurer in February 2002 to fill a vacancy. She was overwhelmingly elected in nationwide balloting later that year to her first four-year term, then was re-elected by acclamation twice—at the 2006 convention in Las Vegas and again at the 2010 convention in Anaheim.

As secretary-treasurer, Broendel manages both the Finance and Membership departments and is responsible for organizing national conventions and other national events.

Broendel became NALC’s first female resident national officer when she was elected assistant secretary-treasurer by acclamation at the 1998 Las Vegas Convention. She served on the National Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1998, which gave her the distinction of being the first woman to sit on the NALC Executive Council.

Broendel holds a bachelor of science degree in dietetics from Illinois State University and did post-graduate work in nutrition at the University of Iowa. She decided to pursue a career as a letter carrier in 1984 and joined the NALC two days after she started carrying mail.

“Within five months, I was actively involved because it didn’t take me long to see how the union assisted letter carriers,” she said. “The support, education and representation offered by the union motivated me—and so did witnessing others’ difficulties with management on the workroom floor.”

Broendel filled many roles in Branch 506—Employee Involvement facilitator, steward for five years, branch trustee for 12. She was treasurer of the Iowa State Association of Letter Carriers from 1989 to 1997, and also served as a state legislative liaison.

Noting that difficult days lie ahead for the postal community, Broendel said, “It is now more essential than ever that all letter carriers, their families and friends become active in the legislative process.”

“As secretary-treasurer, my focus is on improving financial and administrative operations as well as assisting branch and state association officers in their fiduciary and administrative duties,” she said. “This will entail communicating more effectively and providing educational opportunities.”

As secretary-treasurer, Broendel reviews and approves insurance and lease agreements and is responsible for providing fiduciary officer training. She serves on the NALC’s Committee of Appeals and, by virtue of her office, she is an NALC delegate to AFL-CIO conventions. Additionally, she has served as a vice president of the AFL-CIO’s Union Label and Service Trades Department since 2009.

Broendel, who has written in The Postal Record on the importance of signing up new hires and non-members, also lists organizing and strengthening NALC’s legislative machinery among her objectives.

She is married to F. John Miller and is the mother of a daughter, Katherine, and a son, Reid.

Vice President

Bruce R. Smith

President, Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers Union

Bruce R. Smith was sworn in as the President of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union (AFL-CIO, CLC) on January 26, 2010.

Mr. Smith served as International Secretary Treasurer of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics and Allied Workers International Union since July 2004, and was re-elected by acclamation to a second four-year term in 2008.

A father of three daughters and a native of Michigan, Bruce started his labor movement involvement while employed by Noreen Pattern & Foundry in Fruitport, Michigan in 1972 which was represented by the International Molders & Allied Workers Union. In 1977, he was elected the full time business agent for the statewide amalgamated Local Union #120. While working in Michigan he was active in and served as an officer in the West Michigan Labor Council.

In 1984, in Bal Harbour, Florida, at the International Molders Union Convention, Bruce was elected Financial Auditor. He served in the position at their headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio until 1988, when the former Molders Union merged with the Former Glass, Pottery & Plastics International Union and formed the current GMP. With the merger Bruce was elected an International Executive Officer. He was reelected in 1992, 1996, and 2000.

In May of 2001, Bruce was appointed Area Director in the St. Louis, MO office, and in August of 2002, Bruce was appointed Vice President of Area 1 in the Washington, D.C. office.

In addition to his Presidential responsibilities, Bruce currently serves as Trustee on a number of Taft-Hartley pension plans, health & welfare plans, and the GMP & Employers Retiree Trust.

Vice President

Otis Ducker

Otis Ducker is currently a member of the American Federation of Musicians, of the United States and Canada, local 161-710 Washington, DC.  He joined local 496 in his hometown of New Orleans, LA approximately sixty years ago. He proformed as a professional musician and bandleader in New Orleans, and traveled throughout the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas for years until entering the Army.   He was stationed at Fort Belvoir, VA with the 75th Army Band.  Upon being discharged from the service, he transferred to the then local 710, Washington, DC and served in capacities of Board Member, Business Agent, Vice-President, and Secretary-Treasurer, until the local merged with the then local 161, Washington, DC.  Otis is currently a member of the local 161-710 Executive Board, AFM Convention Delegate and he chairs the AFM Diversity Committee.

Otis Ducker worked for the Federal Government at the National Institutes of Health and retired as a federal executive after thirty-three years of service. He is founder and President of Otis Ducker & Associates, Management Consultants specializing in Small Business Development and Minority Procurement.  

Otis lives in Prince Georges County Maryland with his wife, Gloria.  They have five adult children, and six grandchildren.

Vice President

Joe Sellers

General Secretary Treasurer, Sheet Metal Workers International Association

Joseph Sellers, Jr. started his apprenticeship in 1980 and became a journeyman four years later.  In 1994, he was elected to his first term on the Local 19 Executive Board.  Joe was appointed to the position of Training Coordinator in 1996 until he was elected to the position of Business Representative.  In 2002, Joe became President and Business Manager of Local 19 and in August 2009, was elected the Eleventh General Vice President. 

During his tenure he held the following positions and offices:  President of the Pennsylvania State Council of Sheet Metal Workers, the New Jersey State Council of Sheet Metal Workers, the Mechanical Trades District Council of Delaware Valley, the Metropolitan Association of Presidents and Business Representatives, the Board of Directors for the National Energy Management Institute (NEMI); 

Secretary/Treasurer of the Mechanical and Allied Crafts Council of New Jersey;

Vice-President of the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council, the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, the Youth to Youth Market Development Council;

Executive Board Member of the Pennsylvania Building & Construction Trades Council and the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO; and a Member of the Pennsylvania State Apprentice and Training Council.

Joe learned about the labor movement at an early age.  His values and foundation come from his father, Joe Sellers, Sr., his deep commitment to the Union Sheet Metal Industry as a member for 51 years and a Local 19 officer for 30 years.

Vice President

Robert Roach

General Secretary-Treasurer, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers

Robert started in the IAM as a ramp serviceman for TWA and a member of Local Lodge 1056 in New York. Soon after, he transferred to Local Lodge 1445 in Newark, NJ. He was elected as a shop steward in 1976 and served as Grievance Committee Chairman from 1979 through 1992.

Robert held other offices in Local Lodge 1445, including trustee, vice president and president.

In 1984, he was elected District Lodge 142 trustee and also served as coordinator for the District's Human Rights Committee. Robert became a District 142 General Chairman in 1992.

In 1994, Robert was appointed Transportation Department Special Representative and a Grand Lodge Representative (GLR) in 1996. From GLR, Robert became General Vice President of the Transportation Department on June 1, 1999.

Robert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Labor and Management Relations at the Empire State Labor College and is a graduate of the Labor Studies program at the Cornell School of Labor.

Vice President

Mike Linderer

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers

Vice President

Lorretta Johnson

Lorretta Johnson is the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO. She was elected to the position by a unanimous vote of the AFT executive council in July 2011.

In October 2011, Johnson was elected treasurer of the AFT Educational Foundation and chair of the AFT Benefit Trust. Two months prior, she was elected as a vice president of the AFL-CIO—the federation representing 56 national and international unions, including the AFT. Johnson also serves on the board of directors of the Albert Shanker Institute, the AFL-CIO’s Union Privilege organization and the AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department.

Before becoming AFT secretary-treasurer, Johnson was the union’s executive vice president (2008 to 2011). And she chaired the AFT Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) program and policy council from 1979 until October 2011. Prior to that, she was an AFT vice president for 30 years. Johnson also served as president of the Baltimore Teachers Union’s paraprofessional chapter for 35 years and as president of AFT-Maryland for 17 years.

Johnson started her career in 1966 as a teacher’s aide in a Baltimore elementary school, where she earned $2.25 an hour and received no benefits. To improve the work situation of paraprofessionals like her, she organized them into the Baltimore Teachers Union. In 1970, she negotiated the union’s first contract, which was noted for its grievance procedure. That experience laid the foundation for Johnson’s union activism; her efforts have helped the BTU become a lobbying and political force in City Hall, the Baltimore community and the Maryland state Legislature. Over the years, she also served as chief negotiator for teacher and paraprofessional contracts.

Johnson holds several leadership positions outside the AFT. She is vice president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council, AFL-CIO; is a trustee for the Maryland State and District of Columbia AFL-CIO; and serves on the board of directors of the Municipal Employees Credit Union in Baltimore. In August 2008, Johnson was named treasurer of the national board of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and is president of APRI’s Baltimore chapter. She also is the assistant treasurer for the Baltimore County chapter of the NAACP. Most recently, Johnson was elected to the board of directors of the BlueGreen Alliance; the Child Labor Coalition, which she co-chairs; the Faith & Politics Institute; and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a think tank that focuses primarily on domestic women’s issues.

Johnson’s political activism led to her being honored as 2005 Labor Leader of the Year by the Maryland Democratic Party. Ebony magazine included her in an article titled “Blacks of Influence in Unions.”

Johnson received her teaching degree through the Career Opportunities Program at Coppin State University in Maryland. She has received numerous awards, including an honorary doctoral degree from Coppin State, a community service award from the United Way, and a volunteer service award from the Maryland State AFL-CIO. Johnson also has received the Albert Shanker PSRP Pioneer Award, and the Service Award from the Baltimore Teachers Union’s paraprofessional chapter.

Johnson is the proud mother of three children, whom she raised with her late husband, Leonard. She has seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Vice President

Patrick Kellett

Partick Kellett serves as the Director of Business Development, Communications & Marketing for the United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters.

Vice President

Salvatore J. Chilia

IBEW International Secretary-Treasurer Salvatore J. Chilia

A former business manager of Cleveland, Ohio, Local 38 and Third District IEC member, Chilia has served as Fourth District International Vice President since replacing Paul Witte in 2007.

Initiated into Local 38 in 1967, Chilia graduated from his inside wireman apprenticeship in 1971, working for various electrical contractors until 1989. He was elected to his local’s examining board in 1977 and its executive board in 1980.

After serving as chairman of all of his local’s pension and benefit funds, Chilia was elected business manager in 1997. In 2001, he was elected to serve on the International Executive Council.

Brother Chilia instituted his local union’s 401(k) plan and full retirement at age 55. He is a leader in negotiating project labor agreements, including those covering construction of the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians stadiums and the Cleveland Clinic.

Chilia’s civic and labor activism earned him a place in Leadership Cleveland’s Class of 2001, which brings together recognized leaders from the private, nonprofit and government sectors for seminars on the challenges and dilemmas facing the region.

A vice president of the Cleveland AFL-CIO,Brother Chilia has also served as treasurer and board member of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades.

Vice President

Annie Hill

Annie Hill was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Communications Workers of America on July 11, 2011, by delegates to the Union's 73rd Convention.

With the CWA President, Hill works to advance the membership's top priorities and initiatives.

Hill has been a leader in CWA since her earliest days as a union member. Most recently, she has served for three years as CWA Vice President for District 7, representing workers in 14 states. She was elected to that post in 2005.

As Vice President, Hill bargained critical contracts for members at Qwest Communications, among other employers, and put in place new structures in the district to better represent members across that region.

Hill also was a member of the executive board committee on diversity which was created to help give persons of color, women and local union leaders a greater voice on the executive board. That measure was adopted by convention delegates in 2007.

She joined CWA in December 1976 as an outside technician for Pacific Northwest Bell, and was elected to two terms as president of Local 7904 in Salem, Oregon. She joined the District staff in Minneapolis in 1990. She went on to serve as an administrative assistant to the Vice President in 1994, then assistant to the Vice President in 1999, and then Executive Vice President in 2008.


Steve Bertelli

Steve Bertelli was elected BCTGM International Secretary-Treasurer at the General Executive Board (GEB) meeting on September 22, 2012. 

Bertelli was elected as Third Region Vice President by the GEB on January 1, 2008. He was reelected to serve as an International Vice President at the BCTGM’s 38th Constitutional Convention in 2010.

Bertelli was named a Third Region International Representative in June 1991. He began his union career in 1986 as a shift leader at Mel-O-Cream International and a member of BC&T Local 316 (Decatur, Ill.).  He served as the local’s business agent and financial secretary from 1990-1991.

Vice President

Roy Houseman
United Steel Workers

Vice President

Thomas Miller
Following the retirement of IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer Vincent J. Bollon on January 15, 2010, the IAFF Executive Board – in accordance with the IAFF Constitution and Bylaws – has elected Thomas H. Miller, to finish the term.

“Tommy Miller has demonstrated his ability to lead on the local, state and international levels of this great union,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “I have no doubt he will continue to be an invaluable asset to our members in his new capacity as General Secretary-Treasurer.”

Miller says, “As I take on this new position of General Secretary-Treasurer, I am mindful of the awesome responsibility of the duties that come with it. I look forward to providing this higher level of service to our members.”

The newly-elected General Secretary-Treasurer joined the Indianapolis Fire Department in 1968, retiring in 2005 at the rank of captain. Showing an early commitment to the IAFF, he was elected a trustee of the Indianapolis, IN Local 416 in 1971, and elected vice president in 1974.

In 1978, Miller was elected as president of the Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana (PFFUI), and served until 2002. While still serving as PFFUI president, he also began serving as IAFF 8th District Vice President – representing Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan – in 2000. With more than 700 locals, the 8th District is the second-largest District in the IAFF.

Miller was appointed by former Governor Robert Orr to the Police Officers and Firefighters Pension and Disability Fund Advisory Board. He was reappointed by four successive governors and became chairman of the advisory board in 1990.

He also served as an advisor to numerous Indianapolis mayors and governors and other legislators on matters of public safety, pensions, labor contracts and other fire service and union issues.

Miller also served two tours of duty in Vietnam while in the U.S. Navy as a sailor aboard the U.S.S Tioga County.

Vice President

Ron Piksa

General Treasurer, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers Union

Ron was initiated into Local 114 (Tacoma, Wash.) on February 1, 1974, and gained journeyman status March 1, 1976. Brother Piksa received special recognition by General President John H. Lyons Jr. as outstanding apprentice to participate in the Bicentennial Celebration in Washington, D.C. June 29 through July 12, 1976. He has served as executive board member; recording secretary; president; JATC chairman; business manager/financial secretary-treasurer; attended the University of Washington Certified Employee Benefits program and IFEB Master Trustee, Pierce County Building Trades president. His membership was transferred into Local 86 (Seattle) on April 1, 1999. Ron was appointed general organizer in 1999; president of the Pacific Northwest District Council from 2000 until present; and elected chairman of the Pacific Northwest Retirement, Annuity and Apprenticeship Trust Funds in 2001 to present.  On March 20, 2011, General President Walter Wise appointed General Organizer Ron Piksa as ninth general vice president. Effective January 1, 2014, General Vice President Ron Piksa was appointed general treasurer.

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