Message From The Executive Director

Sisters and Brothers,

We end 2021 reflecting on an unusual year. We were able to hold a successful Council 13 Convention at FNB Field in October and are looking ahead to a spectacular and special 50th annual Council 13 Convention in April.

At both the latest Convention and the joint District Council 84 and 85 Education Conference, we showed our gratitude to the AFSCME members who have been on the front lines for the last two years. In that spirit, I want to extend a sincere ‘thank you’ on behalf of myself and the entire Council 13 family for all that you have done and continue to do in the face of endless adversity, and for simply being a member of AFSCME.

Your commitment to public service and the union way of life has offered Pennsylvanians hope of a brighter future and a more prosperous new year. That is why it would be my honor to continue serving as your Executive Director in 2022 and beyond, and I hope delegates to the upcoming Convention will grant me that opportunity as we enter an election year for Council 13. Positions on Council 13’s Executive Board will be up for nomination, as well. Please join us and make sure your local union’s voice is heard in these important processes.

With so much to look forward to in the new year, including the Council 13 Convention, the AFSCME International Convention, both the Pennsylvania and the National AFL-CIO Conventions, as well as numerous education conferences, you will be hearing plenty from me, so I just want to conclude by thanking you again, and I wish you the utmost happiness this holiday season!

My best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. See you in 2022!


In Solidarity,
J. David Henderson
Executive Director, AFSCME Council 13