Gerald McEntee

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Gerald McEntee
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McEntee in 2008
Born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence Washington, DC
Occupation President of the AFSCME (retired)
Spouse(s) Barbara

Gerald W. "Jerry" McEntee is an American union activist. From 1981 to 2012, he was the International President of the 1.6 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), one of the largest and most politically active unions in the AFL-CIO.[1] McEntee succeeded Jerry Wurf as AFSCME President in 1981, serving until 2012 (he had announced that he would not seek re-election during the December 2011 meeting of AFSCME's executive board),[2] when Lee Saunders was elected President during the union's 40th International Convention in Los Angeles.

McEntee is seen by some as the "power behind the throne" in John J. Sweeney's rise to power in the AFL-CIO, and his rivalry with Andy Stern of the SEIU is seen by some as one of the underlying themes in the break between that federation and the Change to Win Federation[3]

McEntee began his career as a labor leader in Pennsylvania in 1958 by going to work as an organizer for his father who was an AFSCME official in Philadelphia. He was elected Executive Director at the founding convention of AFSCME Council 13 in Pennsylvania in 1973 and an International Vice President of AFSCME in 1974. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from La Salle University in Philadelphia, and is a graduate of the Harvard Trade Union Program. A native of Philadelphia, McEntee and his wife Barbara live in Washington, D.C. He is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.[4] He is a member of the Democratic National Committee and was a "super delegate" in the Pennsylvania 2008 Democratic National Convention delegation.[5]

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Preceded by
Jerry Wurf
President, AFSCME
1981 - 2012
Succeeded by
Lee Saunders