Delegates to the Quad-City Federation of Labor elected longtime labor and political activist Dino Leone to the president’s post.
The election was Monday night. Leone, who has been the federation’s Illinois vice president, succeeds Jerry Messer, who announced in November that he was stepping down to devote more time to the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 431.
“I’m honored to serve and lead the Quad-City Federation of Labor,” Leone said Tuesday.
The federation is a direct link to the national AFL-CIO. It’s a collection of 70-some unions with 33,000 members in several Quad-City area counties. It’s active in building union membership, educating members, lobbying on legislative issues and influencing elections.
Leone, who has a long track record in local union activism and politics, said Tuesday he’s laid out a strategic plan for fundraising, political action and raising the leadership capabilities of area union officials. On the latter, he said younger leaders are ascending to leadership positions, and he wants to ensure they have the capability to better organize and empower members.
“This will be a high priority,” he said Tuesday.
Leone also said that he wants the federation to be more knowledgeable about all the community service activities its member unions engage in.
Leone was the only person nominated for the post, Messer said. The retiring president had backed him to be his successor. Leone also is the staff representative with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Council 31.