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About the MRLF

The Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation is the umbrella organization of Minneapolis area local unions and includes 175 affiliated unions. Affiliated with the AFL-CIO, the Minneapolis RLF's mission is to organize in the community for social and economic justice for all working people.

The MRLF office is located at the Minneapolis United Labor Centre, Suite 542, 312 Central Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55414 (corner of Central Ave. and University Ave.). Phone: 612-379-4206. Fax: 612-379-1307.

President Bill McCarthy

Bill McCarthy is a Minneapolis native, a Vietnam War veteran and a University of Minnesota alumnus. He joined Hotel Employees & Restaurant Employees Local 17 in 1985, became a business representative and then was elected president of the local. As president, Bill helped lead support for the Holiday Inn Express workers and led hundreds of Minneapolis hotel workers in their landmark strike in 2000.

Serving since 2002 as the elected President of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, Bill McCarthy is committed to ensuring that all workers earn a living wage, receive health and retirement benefits, and most importantly, are treated with dignity and respect.

Bill currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Working Partnerships, Inc., a nonprofit he founded in 2006 to serve union members in need and their families.

Additionally, Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Twin Cities United Way, In March 2012, Bill was named as the winner of a national United Way award for labor leadership, the Joseph A. Beirne Community Services Award.

Bill also currently serves as Vice Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, established by the legislature in 2012 and charged with the design, construction and operation of the new multi-purpose stadium which will replace the Metrodome and house the Minnesota Vikings.

Bill is a board member of Meet Minneapolis, Convention + Visitors Association, which works to market, sell and maximize the visitor experience of Minneapolis for the economic benefit of our community

Bill is committed to organizing, mobilizing and reaching out to community allies to build partnerships to create good jobs and strong communities.




Executive Board

William McCarthy, President

Louise Sundin, Executive Vice President

Dan McConnell, Financial Secretary-Treasurer

Pete Lindahl, First Vice President

Jerry Sirois, Second Vice President

Julie Blaha, Register Clerk

Paul Mueller, Deputy Register Clerk

Joyce Carlson, Recording Secretary

Mike Zagaros, Sgt.-at-Arms

Grace Baltich, Reading Clerk

Martin Goff, Linda Hamilton, Kyle Makarios, Javier Morillo-Alicea, and Russ Scherber, Trustees

Steve Buck, Lori Christian, Jigme Ugen, At-Large


William McCarthy, President
612-379-4206, ext. 101
Direct line: 612-321-5670     

Chelsie Glaubitz Gabiou, Campaigns Manager
612-379-4206, ext. 102
Direct line: 612-321-5671

Graeme Allen, Community & Political Organizer
612-379-4206, ext. 103
Direct line: 612-321-5672

Kerry Felder, Community & Education Organizer
612-379-4206, ext. 110
Direct line: 612-321-5669

Alfreda Daniels, Community Organizer
612-379-4206, ext. 105

Steve Share, Communications Director and Labor Review Editor
612-379-4206, ext. 104
Direct line: 612-379-4725 or 612-321-5673

Barb Boettcher, Office Manager
612-379-4206, ext. 100


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312 Central Ave., Suite 542, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-379-4206 Fax: 612-379-1307
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