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posted Friday, August 7, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 31
Bold new face for local labor movement: First woman head of Labor Council, Marsha Botzer elected as an officer
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Bold new face for local labor movement: First woman head of Labor Council, Marsha Botzer elected as an officer

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Martin Luther King County Labor Council (MLKCLC), the organization representing most local unions, put on a bold new face August 6 when its Executive Board elected the first woman Executive Secretary and also named Transgender activist Marsha Botzer as a trustee.

Nicole Grant, a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 46 was chosen as Executive Secretary to replace Dave Freiboth, who resigned to take a job directing labor relations at the Port of Seattle.

Grant becomes the first woman to take the post, which makes her the effective head of the local labor movement. MLKCLC currently has a woman president and vice president, but they are stepping down at the end of their terms in October.

Marsha Botzer, founder and co-chair of Ingersoll Gender Center, was elected to an open trustee position. Botzer is a delegate to MLKCLC from Pride At Work, the LGBT labor organization, and is a member of the National Writers Union (UAW 1981).

Trustees are charged with overseeing MLKCLC's financial operations and become members of the union group's Executive Board. Botzer will be the first openly Transgender officer of MLKCLC.

'Election to this position is an honor, and it is also a duty I feel deeply as an opportunity for personal service,' Botzer told the SGN.

'The Martin Luther King County Labor Council is working to include all groups and individuals sharing its values and hopes, and I recognize I am granted this honor by members who have served the labor movement for their whole lives. To be able to participate at this historic moment of change, with this organization's outstanding leaders, is a grand thing indeed.'

Both Grant and Botzer are filling vacant positions and will have to run for full three-year terms in October.

Betsy Shedd, a union crane operator and also a member of Pride At Work, is now Vice President of the Labor Council but will not be running for re-election in October.

'All workers are welcome'
Like her predecessor, Grant is an ally of the LGBT community. Most recently, she worked with Ingersoll Center and Pride At Work to produce a February forum on Transgender workers, held at the Washington State Labor Council's International District office.

The MLKCLC includes some 150 affiliated unions and labor organizations, representing 80,000 workers in King County.

'All workers are welcome in the labor movement,' Grant told the SGN after her election. 'The information Marsha has shared about discrimination against LGBTQ workers proves that the labor movement is not obsolete.

'We need to live up to our moniker - it's the Martin Luther King Labor Council, after all - and prioritize civil rights. We're a labor movement for all workers.'

Grant added that organized labor shared the same goals with the LGBT rights movement and called for the two to work more closely together.

'The labor movement has a lot to learn from the LGBTQ community in terms of organizing,' she said.

'It's time to take it to the next level. To all my brothers and sisters in the LGBTQ community - the time is now for us to unite!'

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