Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
GRAND RAPIDS December 22, 2016– Kent-Ionia Labor Council President Sean Egan (IBEW 275) and Secretary-Treasurer Ryan Letts (CWA 4034) were returned to the CLC’s top two positions yesterday, and with their re-election comes a change in title. Delegates to the KICLC nominated Egan and Letts to the positions of chair and vice-chair, respectively, without opposition. Their terms are for two years.
“It is a privilege and honor to be re-elected by the delegates to the KICLC and continue working with Ryan Letts on moving the labor movement forward in West Michigan,” said Egan.
Under a restructuring of the KICLC, the executive board now consists of two members– chair and vice-chair– replacing the old 10-person board comprised of a president, secretary-treasurer, two vice presidents, four trustees and two at-large members.
The restructuring also includes an administrative merger with the Lakeshore Community Labor Council (Muskegon), forming an umbrella organization, the West Michigan Area Labor Council. Egan and Letts will serve as KICLC delegates to the WMALC.
“I am honored, once again, to be able to serve the Kent-Ionia Labor Council and the overall labor movement in a new role now that area Central Labor Councils have joined together to form the West Michigan Area Labor Council,” said Letts. “Working more closely together throughout West Michigan will be extremely important for Michigan labor and all working families over the next years.”
A third KICLC delegate to the WMALC was also nominated unopposed by KICLC delegates last night– Chris Pelton (UA 174). Pelton’s term is for two years.
“In the next two years, I plan to diligently carry out the duties of my position and work to help the KICLC grow in order to better execute it’s stated mission,” said Pelton. “I’d particularly like to see a stronger partnership between labor organizations and the various community groups. After all, many hands make light work, and we are stronger together.”