Erin McKee was elected president of the South Carolina AFL-CIO at its 57th annual convention in Georgetown on September 6.
With no other declared candidates for the position, she won by acclamation.
“I am honored that the delegates elected me to serve them,” McKee says. “I look forward to helping not only union members in South Carolina but all of the working people in this state, as well.”
Her goals include organized labor’s direct outreach to local communities, she says.
A member of the Office & Professional Employees International Union since 1998 and formerly a national officer of the Association of Flight Attendants, McKee was vice president of SC AFL-CIO since 2003.
In July of this year, she became interim president of SC AFL-CIO following Ken Riley’s resignation from that office due to conflicting schedule with his role in the International Longshoremen’s Association and its local 1422 chapter.
Other officers elected were secretary-treasurer Michael R. Godfrey (United Steelworkers) and vice presidents Charles Brave Jr. (International Longshoremen’s Association) and Bill Wise (International Association of Machinists and Aeronautical Workers).
The convention was held at the Georgetown Quality Inn from September 4-6. Seventy delegates from union offices across the state attended.
Approximately 82,000 South Carolinians are represented by labor unions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.