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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Judith Rivlin Named AFSCME General Counsel


The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) today announced the appointment of Judith Rivlin as General Counsel. Rivlin has served as the Deputy General Counsel for the 1.6 million member public service worker union since 2014, and the promotion comes following the AFSCME International Executive Board’s confirmation of former General Counsel Bill Lurye as the union’s new Chief of Staff/Counsel.

Judy Rivlin has spent her entire legal career as a labor lawyer. She has served the federal government in positions at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Her career in the labor movement includes serving as House Counsel to the Sheet Metal Workers International Union, and then as Associate General Counsel to the United Mine Workers, where she specialized in miners’ health and safety issues. Rivlin also is an experienced mediator, volunteering as a court-appointed mediator through the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She has expertise in a wide range of issues arising in both private and public-sector labor-management relations, as well as internal union affairs. 

In addition to her legal career in the labor movement, Rivlin has been active as union member and official — as a steward for the American Federation of Government Employees, and as president of the NLRB lawyer’s union. Since joining AFSCME, she has particularly enjoyed working with affiliates on the AFSCME Strong program, a long-term internal organizing effort which has yielded more than 300,000 new members throughout the country. Rivlin will officially begin her new role of General Counsel later this month.

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