May 14, 2018

Major CT union taps Barr as executive director

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Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has named Jody Barr as its executive director.

The state's largest AFL-CIO labor union has named Jody Barr as its executive director.

Council 4 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) said Barr, 43, who is a member of AFSCME Local 2836, will succeed Salvatore Luciano, who retired after leading the union for 17 years.

Council 4 serves more than 30,000 public service workers statewide.

Barr was elected to a four-year term by an overwhelming margin, receiving 25,284 votes. Charles DellaRocco, a member of AFSCME Local 749, received 1,756 votes, the union said.

In a statement, Barr said Council 4 has crucial work ahead combating "corporate and wealthy special interests" that are "engaged in an all-out assault against" its members and services.

"Our members are a cross-section of Connecticut, not some elite group as our opponents try to claim," Barr said. "We are energized and ready for the battles ahead."

Luciano called Barr the ideal replacement for the leadership post and said he will provide "new energy and a fresh voice" to its cause.

Barr has worked for the Connecticut State University system since 1997, including the last seven years at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic as a voice system analyst.

He earned a bachelor's in industrial technology from Central Connecticut State University.

In 2013, Barr was elected as president of Local 2836 (State University Organization of Administrative Faculty), which has 800 non-teaching faculty in the state universities and Board of Regents. He was also appointed in 2017 to complete the term of Clarke King as Council 4 president.

Union officials said the vacant president position will be filled at a June meeting.

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