Brett Voorhies and Shawn Christ Re-Elected

Labor Leaders re-elected to serve as Indiana State AFL-CIO officers

INDIANAPOLIS- President Brett Voorhies (United Steelworkers Local 1999) and Secretary-Treasurer Shawn Christ (IBEW Local 481) were re-elected to serve as top officers of the Indiana State AFL-CIO at the 30th Biennial Constitutional Convention that took place October 2-4 at the Sheraton City Centre Hotel.

Voorhies was elected to his first term in 2013, after serving for 2 years as the President of the Central Indiana Labor Council (now Central Indiana AFL-CIO chapter of the Hoosier Heartland Area Labor Federation), following in his father’s footsteps.

“I am proud to serve this organization representing more than 300,000 hardworking union members and their families and to continue building a legacy for Indiana’s labor movement,” Voorhies said.

Shawn Christ was appointed Secretary-Treasurer of the organization in 2016 when Joe Breedlove (IBEW Local 481) retired after more than 15 years. Christ is a former IBEW Local 481 Business Representative and also serves as the Hoosier Heartland Area Labor Federation President, a regional charter of the state AFL-CIO.

“I look forward to continuing to work with President Voorhies on highlighting important issues impacting working Hoosiers,” Christ said. “We’ve already been doing great things to shape the future of this movement, I’m excited to see that continue.”

Since Voorhies took office in 2013, union membership in Indiana has grown despite the passage of the anti-union Right-to-Work law and the approval rating for unions nationwide is at an all-time.

“Our goal going forward is to unite all labor in the state of Indiana, union and non-union, to come together to demand change for working Hoosiers,” Voorhies said.



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