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Feedback: The Future Begins Today

When it comes to preparing for tomorrow, the present and the past have critical roles to play. Read about three leaders—men and women under the age of 35—who are readying themselves to stand at the helm of the union and chart its path toward the future.

When it comes to preparing for tomorrow, the present and the past have critical roles to play. In the cover story in this issue of AFSCME WORKS, you will read about three leaders—men and women under the age of 35—who are readying themselves to stand at the helm of the union and chart its path toward the future. But these young activists aren’t reaching these goals on their own. They are mentored by seasoned leaders and activists who use their experiences to ensure AFSCME has a strong and vibrant future. Here is what some of these veterans have to say:

They Teach Us, Too!

Lisa Edwards
(Photo credit: Doug Martin)

“My number one goal is helping young members participate. They are always eager to get involved. And the best thing about all of this is that even though we think we’re teaching them, they are teaching us, too!”

Lisa Edwards
Graphics Specialist,
Martin County School District
President of Local 597,
Council 79 (Florida)

A Critical Role to Play

Arie Walker
“We are ensuring our young members realize that they can be leaders and that they have a critical role to play in keeping their union strong. It’s up to them to protect the gains that have been won by older workers.” (Photo credit: Jefferey Sherman Jones, Jr.)

Arie Walker
Account Technician,
Department of Children and Family Services
Local 1805,
Council 31 (Illinois)










AFSCME’s Future

William Copland
William Copland (Photo credit: Tim Welch)

“We have reached out to young members. Now, they are participating in union meetings and one has just been elected local vice president. We know we must educate our young members, because they are AFSCME’s future.”

William Copland
Community Corrections Specialist,
Kennewick Department of Corrections
President of Local 1253,
Council 28 (Washington)