June 21, 2012
LOS ANGELES — Candidates for AFSCME president and secretary-treasurer met Wednesday in historic debates moderated by Art Pulaski, the AFL-CIO California Labor Federation executive secretary-treasurer.
In the presidential debate, Danny Donohue (top photo, right), CSEA/Local 1000 president and an International vice president, and Lee Saunders (top photo, left), AFSCME secretary-treasurer, answered questions submitted by members. Immediately following, the candidates for secretary-treasurer, Alice Goff (left photo), president of District Council 36 in Los Angeles, Calif., and Laura Reyes (right photo), president of UDW/Local 3930 exchanged their ideas about the union’s future.
Under terms previously agreed to by the campaigns, delegates limited applause to allow the maximum amount of time for questions and answers. As a result, delegates heard from all candidates on a wide-ranging set of issues, including their respective approaches to AFSCME’s organizing and political involvement. They also shared personal stories of union activism.