Politics & Government

December 11, 2010 12:40 PM

Labor Council elects new leaders in historic shift

Jeff Johnson and Lynn Dodson are taking over

new leadership positions

in a major changing of the guard at the Washington State Labor Council. Johnson is a longtime council advocate known for his grasp of details on labor policy issues and he's had a hand as small businessman with a food business at the Olympia Farmers Market. He takes over for Rick Bender, who is retiring as president of the organization that represents 500 union locals and councils with more than 400,000 members, according to the announcement. And Dodson, a Seattle Community College professor, is the first woman in the council’s executive leadership since it formed in 1957 in a merger of two labor groups; she takes over for retiring secretary-treasurer Al Link.

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