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Ohio AFL-CIO President

Tim Burga, Ohio AFL-CIO President

On September 17, 2014 delegates of the Ohio AFL-CIO Convention unanimously elected Tim Burga to the office of President, a seat he has held since January 2011. The Ohio AFL-CIO represents over 500,000 union workers from 40 affiliated international unions in the public, private and federal sectors of employment.

Tim also serves as President of Ohio AFL-CIO Communications, Inc., which was established as the state federation’s outreach arm to administer its predictive dialer call center. Additionally, Tim serves as the Vice Chairman of  “We Are Ohio,” the non-profit organization designed to promote issues of social, civic, and economic justice.

Tim began his work with the Ohio AFL-CIO as Legislative Director in 2002. During his tenure with the state federation, Tim led a coalition in a successful effort to place on the ballot and pass State Issue 2 as a Constitutional Amendment to raise Ohio’s minimum wage. This initiative is hailed as one of the most progressive wage laws in the country as the minimum wage is linked to the consumer price index.  Tim also managed a successful legislative campaign to develop and pass legislation which created Ohio’s Best Rx  – a prescription drug discount program that is saving uninsured and under insured Ohioans an average of 38% on their prescription drugs.

As President, Tim oversaw the state federation’s statewide campaign to place a referendum on the ballot to overturn Senate Bill 5, and the election to defeat Issue 2 to preserve collective bargaining rights for Ohio’s public employees. Tim also led the federation’s political work in 2012, which produced the highest percentage of voter contacts in the country for the cause of re-electing President Obama and U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. Most recently, Tim directed the federation’s operations in successful local elections across the state in 2013 which highlights include defeating a tea-party ballot initiative in Cincinnati to strip public workers of the their defined benefit pension and removing the incumbent mayor of Toledo and replacing him with a pro-labor mayor.

Tim represents organized labor on the State of Ohio Global Markets Advisory Team, Industrial Commission Nominating Council, Industrial Commission Rules Committee, Bureau of Workers Compensation Nominating Council, AFL-CIO State Federation Advisory Council, and the AFL-CIO Appalachian Council.

Prior to his work at the federation, Tim worked for the City of Marion, Ohio where he assisted in a successful effort to organize city workers to be represented by the United Steelworkers.  Tim went on to become Vice President and President of Steelworkers local union 7856. After working for the City of Marion, Tim spent nine years on Capital Hill lobbying on workforce training issues.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University where he graduated Cum Laude from the Arneson Institute of Applied Politics and was the recipient of the James J. Hearn Award for Public Service.

Tim currently resides in Westerville with his wife Myrna and son Roberto.


Petee Talley, Secretary/Treasurer

Pierrette “Petee” Talley is Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO and the first woman to hold one of the top two offices in the 56 year history of the Ohio AFL-CIO being elected in 2002 and reelected to a fourth 4-year term in 2014.  Her career began with AFSCME Ohio Council 8 in Toledo organizing public workers.  She held several positions with AFSCME, including the International union’s political and legislative director in Michigan from 1994 to 1999, before being appointed State Director of the national AFL-CIO in Ohio in 1999.  Talley is a member of AFSCME Local 3616.  She serves on the boards of the Ohio Employee Ownership Center, UHCAN (Universal Health Care Action Network), Progress Ohio, the National A. Philip Randolph Institute Board, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists National Executive Council as the Representative for Region V, the National Board of the Alliance for Retired Americans and the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.

In addition to her official capacity as chief administrative officer of the Ohio AFL-CIO, she continues her work at the grassroots, organizing community and non-partisan voter mobilization efforts across the state of Ohio.  She volunteers in the capacity of Convener of the Ohio Unity Coalition, a coalition of labor, faith, civil and human rights organizations with a focus on non-partisan voter registration, voter education and Get Out The Vote in African-American communities across the state.

Talley worked to launch the Ohio Voter Protection Coalition in 2004 to  ensure that Ohio voters could vote and have their ballots counted in elections.  She also launched the Stand Your Ground Voter Empowerment Tour during the 2012 elections; an effort that registered over 7,000 new voters, verified tens of thousands of voters registration status and knocked on over 40,000 doors encouraging participation in the 2012 Presidential election.  She is married to Cornell her spouse of 27 years; they have a blended family of four children and 11 grandchildren.  She worships at the Tabernacle Church in Toledo, OH.

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