Richard (Rick) Bloomingdale became the fourth President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO on June 1, 2010 following his unanimous election by delegates attending the 39th Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh. That Convention also marked the 50th Anniversary of the formation of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO.
Prior to his election as President, Rick served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO since June 1, 1994. He began his career in the labor movement with AFSCME in 1977. From Project Staff Representative of Local 449, to AFSCME International to State Political/Legislative Director for AFSCME Council 13, Rick has worked tirelessly to ensure workers’ rights. He was a driving force in the enactment of agency shop legislation in Pennsylvania which was vital to workers and their families.
In 1992, Rick worked, on loan from AFSCME in Little Rock, Arkansas as Labor Liaison for the Clinton for President Campaign and used his knowledge and experience to coordinate labor issues in the formation of the campaign.
Rick, in his role as an officer at the PA AFL-CIO, serves and has served on various Boards. In 2003, he was appointed by Governor Rendell and confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve on the Unemployment Compensation Board of Review. He was appointed in 2005 to serve the Board as Chairman, which he did for almost 9 years. He still serves on this Board as a member.
He is currently serving on the General Board of the AFL-CIO, President of the AFL-CIO Northeast Council, Director at Ameriserv Trust & Financial Services Bank, Vice President of the National Council Senior Citizens USA Housing-Development Corporation, and the AFL-CIO Appalachian Council as a Board Member.
Rick also served as a member of the following boards over the years: The United Way of Pennsylvania, Drug-Free Pennsylvania, Inc., Delta Dental of PA, and Treasurer of the Keystone Research Center. Rick has lectured on Workforce Development at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA.more » « less