Union Official Elected to United Way Board of Governors

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

(CNSNews.com) - An American Federation of Teachers (AFT) official has been elected to the United Way Board of Governors, according to a statement released by the union in Washington on Tuesday.

The United Way board elected Edward McElroy, secretary-treasurer of one of the largest teachers union during a board meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

The union says McElroy is one of six official AFL-CIO representatives who serve as members of the United Way national board.

McElroy has been AFT secretary-treasurer since 1992. Before assuming that post he was former president of the Rhode Island Federation of Teachers and the Rhode Island AFL-CIO. He also served on the Rhode Island United Way board.

As a board member, McElroy will be responsible for reviewing United Way programs and services, and the organization's overall effectiveness.

United Way officials say their campaigns raise over three billion dollars each year. Officials also cite its support of thousands of human care agencies across America.

McElroy said he was pleased to "represent the labor movement on the board," and emphasized that, the United Way is important to union members in its support of many essential agencies.

The American Federation of Teachers represents more than one million teachers. Its largest union competitor is the National Education Association (NEA).