William (Bill) Lucy - AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer
William (Bill) Lucy was elected International Secretary-Treasurer -- the second highest ranking officer -- of the 1.3 million-member American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO, in May 1972. Lucy has been re-elected every four years, most recently in 2000.
In addition to his position at AFSCME, Lucy is an important leader of the AFL-CIO. In October 1995, Lucy was named a member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council and is vice president of the Maritime Trades Department and Department for Professional Employees.
International affairs are of special interest to Lucy. In November 1994, Lucy became the president of Public Services International, the world's largest union federation. He also serves on the boards of directors for the Africa America Institute, and Americans for Democratic Action and The Center for Policy Alternatives.
He is a founder of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU), an organization of union leaders and rank-and-file members dedicated to the unique needs of African-Americans and minority group workers. William (Bill) Lucy is CBTU's first and only president since its inception in 1972. Under his leadership, the Coalition has flourished in stature and growth.
He worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the 1968 Memphis sanitation strike until the civil rights leader's assassination. He also was instrumental in the anti-apartheid movement that eventually freed Nelson Mandela and led to the first democratic elections in South Africa.
A native of Memphis, he attended the University of California at Berkeley. A civil engineer by trade, Lucy was an assistant materials and research engineer for Contra Costa County, California. In 1965, he became President of AFSCME Local 1675, Contra Costa County Employees. Lucy joined the AFSCME International staff in 1966 as the Associate Director of the Legislation and Community Affairs Departments before serving as Executive Assistant to AFSCME's late president, Jerry Wurf.