2013 Keynote Address

  • Leslie Moody – Executive Director, the Partnership for Working Families

    SummitKeynotersLeslieMoodyLeslie Moody helped found The Partnership and has served as Executive Director since 2007. Prior to this national role, Leslie spent 15 years changing Colorado’s organizing and political landscape, including a decade as the first woman president of the Denver Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. Her union and community leadership built a unified movement which transformed the state political alignment, raised the minimum wage, and elected a new era of leaders at all levels of government. She co-founded the Front Range Economic Strategy Center (FRESC), and co-chaired the successful community benefits campaign at the Cherokee-Gates brownfield redevelopment. Committed to building a diverse and effective movement, Leslie has helped train thousands of union, community and student organizers; led organizing and policy campaigns impacting tens of thousands of low-wage workers; and helped block millions of dollars in public subsidy to Wal-Mart and other low-road employers.


    Bob King – UAW President

    SummitKeynotersBobKingBob King was elected UAW president in June, 2010. Known for his activism and passionate belief in social and economic justice, King also served three terms as a UAW vice president. First assigned to lead the union’s National Organizing Department in 1998, he assisted more than 80,000 workers in organizing with the UAW and pioneered neutrality and majority signup agreements.

    From 1989 to 1998, King served three terms as director of UAW Region 1A, in the Detroit area. He joined UAW Local 600 in 1970 when he was hired at Ford Motor Co.’s Detroit Parts Depot and began his electrical apprenticeship in 1972. He was elected vice president in 1981 and president in 1984. He was re-elected in 1987 and twice elected chair of the UAW Ford Negotiating Committee.

    King has led delegations to all corners of the world to stand in solidarity with the oppressed. In 1990, he supported trade unionists and church members in El Salvador who were victims of a long campaign of deadly bombings, death-squad murders and disappearances carried out by Salvadoran soldiers trained by the U.S. military’s School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga. He has long supported efforts to close the school.

    A 1968 graduate of the University of Michigan, King received his law degree in 1973 from the University of Detroit. He’s a U.S. Army veteran, a life member of the NAACP and a Michigan Democratic Party precinct delegate.
    He lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., with his wife, Moe Fitzsimons, and has five children: Jennifer, Kathlene, Jackson, Bernadette and William.


Leave a Reply


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *