Seattle OPEIU Local 8 leader named director of organizing for international

Cynthia Schu has been named director of organizing for the Office and Professional Employees International Union cindy-schu(OPEIU) in New York.

Schu is a member of OPEIU Local 8 in Seattle, Wash., where she was secretary-treasurer and director of organizing. Schu joined the staff of Local 8 in 1991. She has served as secretary-treasurer since 2001.

Schu was recognized by the international union with multiple awards, including the 2008 Henderson B. Douglas Memorial Award, OPEIU’s highest organizing award.

“Cindy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is respected throughout OPEIU and the labor movement for her many organizing accomplishments and knowledge of innovative and creative approaches to reaching working people,” said OPEIU President Richard Lanigan.

“I’m thrilled at this opportunity to help build and enhance OPEIU’s organizing programs that will continue to impact the lives of working people across the country,” Schu said.

OPEIU represents 103,000-workers in credit unions, hospitals and medical clinics, insurance, higher ed, transportation, shipping, utilities, hotels, administrative offices and more.

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