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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bill Lurye Named AFSCME Chief of Staff

General Counsel Bill Lurye appointed as top advisor to President Lee Saunders

WASHINGTON, D.C. — 

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) today announced the appointment of Bill Lurye as Chief of Staff/Counsel for the 1.6 million member public service worker union. The appointment was confirmed by AFSCME’s International Executive Board on Wednesday, September 14, and Lurye will officially begin the new role later this month.

As AFSCME’s General Counsel, Lurye helped lead the union’s response to unprecedented attacks on working people through the courts, including the Friedrichs v. CTA case which threatened to silence the voices of millions of nurses, teachers and first responders throughout the country.

“Bill has played a critical role to help our union weather the storm of attacks over the past several years,” said Saunders. “He has time and again proved himself to be one of the finest strategists in the labor movement, and as Chief of Staff/Counsel, he will continue to help AFSCME grow and build power for working families and our communities.”

Prior to joining AFSCME, Lurye was an associate general counsel at the AFL-CIO, and was in private practice in New Orleans for many years, representing unions and employees, as well as pension trust funds. He is a College of Labor and Employment Lawyers fellow and serves on the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law leadership council.

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