(Bill) Lucy is a founder and the first and only president of the
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), which was formed in 1972.
He is one of the most revered and highest-ranking black labor leaders
in the world. Under his leadership, CBTU has earned global and grassroots
respect as a catalyst for progressive change. He has guided CBTU's
rapid expansion in the last decade, from 27 chapters in 1991 to
more than 50 chapters today, including a chapter in Ontario, Canada.
In addition to his pioneering role in
CBTU, Lucy is the elected International Secretary-Treasurer Ð the
second highest ranking officer Ð of the 1.3 million-member American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and
he has served in that position continuously since 1972.
Lucy also is an important leader of the
AFL-CIO. In October 1995, he was named a member of the AFL-CIO Executive
Council, the highest decision-making body in the powerful labor
federation. He is also vice president of AFL-CIO's Industrial Union
Department, Maritime Trades Department, and Department of Professional
After nearly three decades of involvement
in international affairs, Lucy is recognized as the consummate labor
statesman. He was one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement,
which spearheaded the decisive anti-apartheid campaign in the U.S.
in the mid-1980s. He later led the AFL-CIO delegation that monitored
the first democratic elections ever held in South Africa. In November
1994, he became the first African American elected as president
of Public Services International (PSI), the world's largest union
In 1968, Lucy worked closely with Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. during the historic Memphis sanitation workers
strike. In the tumultuous aftermath of Dr. King's assassination,
Lucy helped maintain the labor-civil rights-community coalition
that sealed the workers' victory and became the model used throughout
A native of Memphis, Lucy attended the
University of California at Berkeley. A civil engineer by trade,
he was an assistant materials and research engineer for Contra Costa
County, California. In 1965, he became President of AFSCME Local
1675, Contra Costa County Employees. Lucy joined the AFSCME International
staff in 1966 and later became executive assistant to AFSCME's late
president, Jerry Wurf.
Lucy serves on numerous boards, including
the NAACP, TransAfrica, Black Leadership Forum, the Africa America
Institute, and the Council of Institutional Investors. He also has
received numerous honors. Last year Ebony magazine once again named
Lucy as one of "The 100 most Influential Black Americans."
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