Public Employee Press
New VP Ensley joins executive
Service Employees Union Local 371 President Charles Ensley was elected to the
DC 37 Executive Board April 24 as a vice president.
Local 371 delegates
chose Ensley to represent the local on the board in a special election at the
April meeting of the DC 37 Delegates Council; he was nominated without opposition
and declared elected. Local 371 Vice President Faye Moore previously held the
locals board seat.
Ensley started as a Caseworker and has been
president of SSEU Local 371 since 1982. He has chaired the DC 37 Civil Service
Committee and served as a vice president of AFSCME, DC 37s parent union.
Under his stewardship, the local has doubled to over 18,000, and Ensley has aggressively
defended the civil service merit system and fought for equal opportunity for all
Born in Alabama, Ensley credits his deep commitment to labor
to his father, who led a struggle of black workers at the Birmingham News to fight
for pay parity with white workers. While studying at Howard University, he participated
in the civil rights movement.