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CFL Delegates Reelect President Reiter & Secretary-Treasurer Villar to 4-year Term

(Chicago, Ill.) In a unanimous decision, Chicago Federation of Labor delegates reelected President Robert G. Reiter Jr. and Secretary-Treasurer Don V. Villar to their second term in office on Tuesday night. Delegates met at IUOE Local 399 on Chicago’s Southwest Side and reelected the entire Solidarity Slate, unopposed, to a new four-year term.

Reiter served two terms as CFL Secretary Treasurer before being elected President in 2018. He is a proud International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150, AFL-CIO.

“It’s my honor to serve the working people of Chicago. Chicago is the hometown of the American Labor movement. Members of the Chicago Labor Movement come from all walks of life, from all 77 neighborhoods, from the South Suburbs to the West Suburbs to the North Suburbs. Not only do Chicago union members work hard, they demand respect and dignity, and they deserve it. The CFL will continue to meet the challenge of advocating for working people on all fronts through public policy, organizing and uplifting the lives of working people in Chicago,” Reiter said.

Under Reiter’s Leadership, the CFL vigorously fights for working people in Chicago. Since 2018, the CFL secured predictive scheduling rights for workers, helped pass federal legislation to provide a safety net for workers who lost healthcare benefits during the pandemic, and provided access to vaccines to Chicago area union members.

Villar was first elected CFL Secretary-Treasurer in 2018. He is a proud member of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America Local 41. He was elected Vice President of NABET-CWA Local 41 in 2010, then President in 2015.

“I have been proud to serve the working people of Chicago and am excited to continue that work with President Reiter. The CFL is the voice of working people in Chicago, and the Labor Movement has a lot to say. With the strong executive board we have elected, that voice will only grow louder and stronger,” Villar said.

Daylie was reelected as CFL 1st Vice President. She’s been a proud member of AFSCME since the 1960s. Daylie served as President of AFSCME Local 1610 and AFSCME Council 31. She served on the National Executive Board of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist. She was the first African American woman elected to the CFL’s executive board, and has served on the board since.

Connolly was reelected as 2nd Vice President. He is a proud member of Laborer’s Local 4. He currently serves as Business Manager of the Chicago Laborers District Council and President of Local 4. The Chicago Federation of Labor represents 300 unions in Chicago, who in turn represent 500,000 working people in the Chicago area.

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