Edinboro facilities employee named 'member of the year'

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 at 5:05 PM
Edinboro facilities employee named 'member of the year' by Macala Leigey
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Edinboro University American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2329 President Ross Brumagin received the Rick Scalise Memorial Award for Member of the Year at this year’s District 85 Convention, on Sept. 30.

“I was shocked and surprised,” Brumagin said regarding the award.

AFSCME is a nationwide employee union for those who work in the field of public services. The organization accounts for more than 1.6 million working and retired members in America. These employees include nurses, corrections officers, EMTs, sanitation workers, electricians and other public service positions in the nation’s workforce.

The organization consists of 3,400 local unions, 58 councils and affiliates in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, with each local union creating its own constitution and delegating its own officers.

Brumagin serves as the president of Edinboro University’s AFSCME local 2329 union, and is a high-budget electrician for AFSCME’s District Council 85, which covers the northwestern and central counties of Pennsylvania. These counties include Cameron, Crawford, McKean, Venango, Warren, Clearfield and Erie.

His work within the union and as president made him eligible to receive the award. Brumagin was selected out of 9,000 AFSCME national members and 72 local members to receive this award, which is awarded every two years.

“Basically, the award is given to the union member of District Council 85 — [it] has to be District Council 85 — that has gone above and beyond and worked hard for the union, and continues to work for our members,” Brumagin said.

“I believe I got the award for doing a good job at being union president here (Edinboro University Local 2329) and trying to maintain some of the contracting. From my perspective, it’s a win-win because we, in the process, were able to save money for the university.”

Along with Brumagin, one other union member received the member of the year award.  

“I know normally they (AFSCME) only do one award for the year, and actually they did two this year. They couldn’t pick between the two of us,” said Brumagin.

“I think more so than just your specific criteria, it’s the whole picture of what I’d been doing for the past year that got me to that point [where] I received [the] award.” 

Macala Leigey is the Managing Print Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at eupnews.spectator@gmail.com.

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