Dennis L. Serrette

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Dennis L. Serrette, born in Harlem, New York in the 1940s, was the New Alliance Party candidate for United States President in the 1984 presidential election. His running mate was Nancy Ross. He split with the party after the election.

Serrette has been a union activist since 1964. In 1972 he became a founding member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He was also a vice president of a local of the Communication Workers of America and is currently the CWA's Education Specialist. At present, he is also the president of the United Association for Labor Education.

Dennis Serrette was first recruited as a presidential candidate by the Consumer Party of Pennsylvanias chairman Max Weiner. He was later recruited by Peter Diamondstone, chairman of the Liberty Union Party of Vermont. As a long time activist and trade unionist he led struggles in the Harlem community against the closing of Sydenham Hospital, chaired the Committee to save the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and as Vice President of Local 1101 led the longest and militant strike against the New York Telephone company which went seven and half months (July 1971 through 1972). He was a founding member of the CWA Black Caucus in 1971.

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