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Former state senator elected president of Missouri AFL-CIO

Former state senator elected president of Missouri AFL-CIO

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Missouri State Rep. Jacob Hummel stands to be recognized on the floor of the House on Friday, May, 13, 2016. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

JEFFERSON CITY — A former state lawmaker from St. Louis is taking over as the leader of Missouri’s largest state labor coalition.

Jake Hummel was elected president of the Missouri AFL-CIO Tuesday by the union’s executive board to replace Mike Louis, who is retiring June 30.

Merri Berry was elected to take over Hummel’s former post of secretary-treasurer for the organization.

Hummel is an electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local One. He previously served as the president of the St. Louis City Labor Club.

The Democrat formerly served in the Missouri House and Senate.

Berry, who current serves as political director, is the first woman elected as a state-level officer in the organization’s history. Berry is a 40-year member of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 655.

Louis has led the AFL-CIO since 2014.

During his tenure, the union led the effort to defeat a “right-to-work” ballot initiative that was championed by Republicans. The referendum was defeated with over 67% of the vote in 2018.

“President Louis has been a true advocate for Missouri labor. While he’s earned his retirement, he will be greatly missed,” Hummel stated.

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