AFSCME Council 25 History
March 03 – 04, 1978
December 07, 1978
Conrad Springer, first Council 25 Secretary-Treasurer, died of a heart attack.
Lloyd Simpson (incumbent Executive Vice President) was elected Secretary-Treasurer by the Executive Board at a “recent meeting” in Ann Arbor.
Larry Roehrig was elected Secretary-Treasurer at a “recent” Board meeting in Marquette. Lloyd Simpson was mentioned as Executive Vice President.
October 9 – 11, 1981
Council 25 Convention elects the team of Johnson, Glass, and Roehrig. Lloyd Simpson steps down during convention, “for personal reasons best known to myself.”
August 07, 1982
Robert Johnson, first Council 25 President, died.
Michigan AFSCME News carried a report that Henry J. Mueller was elected Executive Vice President by the Executive Board (Lansing), and carried photos of Glass being sworn in as president and Mueller being sworn as exec.
Michigan AFSCME News reported that Muller had resigned as Exec. and accepted the post of Michigan Area Director, and that the Exec would remain vacant until the convention in October.
October 11, 1985
Council 25 Convention delegates elected Glass and Roehrig by a landslide, and amended the constitution to abolish the office of Exec.
City of Detroit units strike.
September 19, 1992
The Executive Board, meeting in Muskegon, suspended Glass from office as president.
October 31, 1992
Glass resigned as president, and the Executive Board elected Flora Walker “Acting Interim President.”
January 09 – 10, 1993
Special Convention elects Flora Walker President.
November 16, 1998
Flora Walker retires and resigns as President. Executive Board names Albert Garrett Interim President.
November 8, 2000
Local 875, McLaren Nurses (Flint), strikes; 600 nurses stay out for 73 days!
Campaign to organize Caregivers.
October 07 – 09, 2005
Fifteenth Constitutional Convention re-elects Garrett and Roehrig by acclaim.
November 14, 2006
Consent Election allows child care providers to vote in Child Care Providers Together Michigan, 92 percent to eight percent.
January 1, 2008
Child Care Providers Together Michigan first contract becomes Effective.
Republican campaign for Right-to-Work law begins and continues to date (2012).
Council 25 joins coalition Health Care for America Now.
With a Republican governor and Republican majorities in both Houses of the Legislature, Michigan legislation takes a sinister turn, including stripping child care workers of their bargaining rights, giving emergency financial managers unprecedented powers, ands other measures. Council 25 fights back.
Council 25 has launched a drive for a referendum on PA 4 – the emergency manager act.
February 29, 2012
Council 25 and supporters file referendum petitions on PA4.
November 06, 2012
Voters reject PA4, supporting the Council 25 position.
AFSCME: 75 Years of History
The history of AFSCME began in 1932, as the country suffered through a severe economic depression, when a small group of white-collar professional state employees met in Madison, Wisconsin, and formed what would later become Wisconsin State Employees Union/Council 24. The reason for the group’s creation was simple: to promote, defend and enhance the civil service system. They also were determined to help spread the civil service system across the country. Read More >>