John Patrick is President of the Texas AFL-CIO, a state labor federation representing more than 235,000 union affiliates in Texas who advocate for all working families in Texas. Patrick, who has worked in the labor movement since 1972, previously served for more than five years as Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO.
Patrick’s career began as a member of the International Association of Machinists at Cameron Iron Works in Houston, Texas. He became a member of the United Steelworkers in 1977, when he went to work at Reynolds Aluminum. He served as their Local Union President from 1984 until 1996. At that time he became a Staff Representative for the USW and subsequently served in numerous capacities, including 5 ½ years as the District 13, Assistant to the Director. As a USW leader, he has been part of a union that expanded its membership base and continued its high level of worker advocacy even as the steel industry contracted. Patrick has assisted in a variety of successful and innovative organizing efforts, a role he has emphasized throughout his labor career.
A 1994 graduate of Antioch University, where he obtained a B.A. in Labor Studies via the George Meany Center, Patrick is married to Linda Patrick. They have two sons, Brent and Cooper.
Rick Levy is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Texas AFL-CIO, a position he was elected to in 2015. Levy began working for the state federation in 1990, first as Legal Director and subsequently as General Counsel. In that capacity, Rick has represented the State Federation in a broad variety of matters, including numerous legislative and political campaigns to protect and advance the rights of workers in Texas. As Secretary-Treasurer, Rick is focused on helping to build a broader, bolder and more inclusive labor movement, emphasizing and elevating the principle of solidarity to be at the core of the effort. Levy has been a member of TSEU/CWA 6186 since 1986 and is also a member of Ironworkers Local 482.
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