SAN DIEGO – December 22, 2015 – Today, San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Barrera released the following statement announcing his resignation to the Council’s Executive Board:

“It is with mixed emotions that I announce my intention to resign from my role as Secretary-Treasurer of the Labor Council. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I have had to work alongside each and every one of you to create a better future for the region’s working families.

Effective February 1, 2016, I will join the team at the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), Local 135 as successor to Rosalyn Hackworth, Executive Assistant and Secretary-Treasurer. In this role, I will have an opportunity to return to my organizing roots and help chart a path for the future of our labor movement. I see the potential for San Diego’s workers to build tremendous strength and power in the next decade by organizing powerhouse locals the way workers in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York have.” 

“Richard has succeeded in building a strong and united Labor Council to advance a pro-worker agenda at the bargaining table and the ballot box. We are grateful for the thoughtful and skilled leadership he brought to the Council and look forward to him bringing his passion and talent for organizing to UFCW 135,” said Labor Council President Mickey Kasparian, adding “The labor movement isn’t about one person – it’s about working people standing together for a common purpose. When we raise the minimum wage and hold our progressive majority on the San Diego City Council next June, it will be because nurses, teachers, electricians, grocery clerks, postal workers, bus drivers, homecare providers and other working people decided to change the rules.”

Article VIII of the Labor Council’s bylaws outline the process for filling the Secretary-Treasurer role, which would be voted on in the regularly scheduled April 2016 election of Executive Board Officers. In his statement, Barrera advised the appointment of an interim Secretary-Treasurer, namely Labor Council Chief of Staff and Political/Legislative Director Dale Kelly Bankhead.


The San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO represents more than 200,000 union workers in the region and advocates for an economy with more jobs, better jobs and better lives for all workers.

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Samantha Peterson  |  |  (619) 309 – 8169

© 2014 San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council
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