About Us

We are one of nearly 500 state and local labor councils of the AFL-CIO and are the heart of the labor movement. We are democratically elected bodies dedicated to represent the interests of working people at the state and local level. We mobilize our members and community partners to advocate for social and economic justice and we strive daily to vanquish oppression and make our communities better for all people—regardless of race, color, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, or ethnic or national origin.

Officers of Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly 2016-2018 term:

President Bill Francisco (IUPAT);  Vice President John Warner (IBEW); Treasurer Amy Rueff (Roofers); Secretary Mary Sapp (IBEW); Executive Board Lloyd Holman (SMART), Jim Taylor (UAW), Marla Henington (ATU), Ted Clark (Roofers), and Larry Richardson (IAM); Trustees Gary Brennen (UAW), Jerry Potts (AFSCME) and Bob Knierim (SEIU); Sargeant at Arms Jeff Angel (BCTGM).

The following unions are affiliated with Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly:  AFSCME 268 / AFSCME 612 / AFSCME 632 / AFSCME 674 / ATU 859 / BCTGM 103G / IAM 6277 / IBEW 146 / IBEW 21 / IBEW 51 / IFT DFTA 4324 / IFT MTF 4487 / IFT MZFT 3957 / IFT RAFT 6218 / IFT 4FT 4262 / IUOE 965 / IUPAT Glaziers 1168 / IUPAT Painters 288 / LIUNA 159 / NALC 317 / OPEIU 277 / Roofers 92 / SEIU 73 / SEIU Healthcare IL IN / SMART Sheetmetal 218 / SMART UTU 768 / UA 137 / UAW 751 / UFCW 1546 / UNITE HERE 16 / USW 0838 / USW 0876

The following are the history of Presidents of Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly: 

  • Bill Francisco, IUPAT 288 (Serving 2016-present)
  • Carl Draper, UTU 768 (Serving 2010-2016)
  • Bill Francisco, IUPAT 288 (Serving 2007-2010)
  • Michael Shampine, Roofers 92 (Serving 2000-2007)
  • William "Skip" Dempsey, UA 65 (Serving 1994-2000)
  • Gene Roundtree
  • Bob Sullivan
  • Harold "Buck" Langford
  • Harvey Williams
  • Lyle K. Storm, NALC 317
  • Gordon Elliot
  • Ivy Wilson
  • Jack R. Marques, UAW 751
  • William Moore, IBEW 51