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FLORA WALKER ELECTED PRESIDENT OF MICHIGAN AFSCME COUNCIL 25

 DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Flora Walker of Detroit was elected president of Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) during a special convention held in Dearborn Jan. 9-10.
 Walker is the first woman to serve as president of the 60,000-member statewide public-sector labor union. She received more than 85 percent of the vote, defeating one opponent.
 Walker was elected to complete an unexpired term, filling the vacancy created by the resignation of James Glass on Oct. 31, 1992. She has served as acting/interim president during the intervening period. The current term will expire in October 1993, when regularly scheduled elections will be held.
 Walker has been an active member of AFSCME for more than 25 years, first as a City of Detroit clerical worker, then as an organizer, staff representative and negotiator, and for the past four years, as a staff supervisor.
 The unsuccessful candidate was Robert Updike, president of AFSCME Local 1659 and a member of the Council 25 Executive Board, representing units in Wayne County. At the conclusion of the special convention, Updike expressed support for Walker, and administered the oath of office on behalf of the Executive Board.
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 /CONTACT: Philip W. Helms of Michigan AFSCME Council 25, 517-487-5081/


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