Mike Richards was re-elected by acclamation to a fourth term as executive secretary-treasurer of Vancouver-based Office and Professional Employees Local 11. Richard, 64, was first elected to the post in August 2005. Prior to that he served 22 years as a union rep.
Local 11 has a membership of approximately 2,000 employed in all phases of office, professional, technical and industrial related work located in five states —Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah. Its largest bargaining unit is outside workers at NW Natural.
Others elected without opposition were: Lori Ricketts, trustee, and Executive Board members Glynis Stevens, Public Employees; Donna Allen, Trade Union Offices; and Ken Hedval, At Large. Dan Barnard was elected to represent Utilities, and Anthony Boelow won a run-off for another trustee position. Officers and Board members were installed at the May 13 general membership meeting.