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William Lucy
International Secretary-Treasurer
AFSCME


William (Bill) Lucy is CBTU's first and only president since its inception in 1972. Under his leadership, the Coalition has flourished in stature and growth. He is also the elected International Secretary-Treasurer 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. He is a member of the powerful AFL-CIO Executive Council and the first African American elected as president of Public Services International (PSI), the world's largest labor federation. He worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike until the civil rights leader's assassination. He also was instrumental in the anti-apartheid movement that eventually freed Nelson Mandela and led to the first democratic elections in South Africa. More

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