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August 22, 2014
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Officers & Staff Info

EXECUTIVE BOARD (Governance)
Executive Secretary Al Ekblad (IUOE)

Al Ekblad was raised in a union household. His father was a member of the Operating Engineers Local #49, and his mother was a member of the Minnesota Education Association. He worked his way through college as a ranch hand, production paint sprayer, carpenter, bouncer and library resource clerk.  He graduated from Montana State University with a Political Science degree.

Al Ekblad’s career in labor has spanned twenty four years including working as a union pipeline and highway laborer. He also served as a Director of a Labor/Management Committee and later worked as a Union Organizer for the Operating Engineers Local #400. He has been a member of the Laborers Union Locals #254, #1334, and #1686 through his employment at the Montana State AFL-CIO.  During his 17 years as staff with the MT AFL-CIO, Ekblad worked as political campaign staff, worker training coordinator, and Staff Director.

In 2009 he was elected to the Executive Board of the Montana State AFL-CIO. Later that same year he was elected President of the Central Montana Central Labor Council. In May of 2011, Al Ekblad was elected by unanimous vote as the Executive Secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO.

Al is married with two sons. Karla Ekblad is a 20 year member of the Montana Public Employees Association.  Ekblad is as dedicated a family man as he is a labor leader. He believes that working families are at their best when they have access to good benefits in the workplace and social justice in the political system.




Phone:
406-442-1708
President Tammy Pilcher (MEA-MFT)
Vice President-Treasurer Quint Nyman (MPEA)
Phone:
406-459-0690
District 1 Board Member Fran Marceau (UTU)
Phone:
406-837-2518
District 2 Board Member Jacquie Helt (SEIU Healthcare 775NW)
District 3 Brd Member John Forkan (UA)
Phone:
406-494-3051
District 4 Board Member Doug Neil (IAFF)
Phone:
406-899-0246
District 5 Board Member Kim Rickard (LiUNA)
Phone:
406-442-1441
District 6 Board Member Vacant
District 7 Board Member Amy Hauschild (MNA)
At-Large Board Member Keith Allen (IBEW)
Phone:
406-442-3185
At-Large Board Member Jerry Rukavina (MEA-MFT)
Phone:
406-727-5040
At-Large Board Member DeeDe Baker (MPEA)
STAFF
Communications Director Sandi Curriero Luckey
Phone:
406-202-3165
Political/COPE Director Chris Cavazos
Phone:
(406) 442-1708
Political Coordinator Mari Messinger
Phone:
406-442-1708

 
 
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