Mike Langford has held a variety of Union offices throughout his career, which began with the Detroit Edison Company in 1978, to his election as President of the Utility Workers Union of America. A graduate of Wayne State University Labor School, he continued his labor studies at the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. He sits on the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, the Advisory Board of American Income Life, has served on the Midwest Governors Association Advisory Board, on the Executive Committee for the Center for Energy Workforce Development, and was a member of the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Apprenticeship. Previously, he also served on the Board of Trustees of the Council for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL), and as Co-Chair of the Council of Competitiveness’ Energy Security, Innovation & Sustainability Steering Committee.
Mike Langford was elected President of the UWUA in 2006 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. He has pledged that his members would be the safest, most productive and highest skilled utility workers in the world. Recognizing as well the rapidly approaching challenge of an overwhelming graying energy workforce, he is dedicated to promoting continuous life-long learning which steered him to design and develop the Power for America Training Trust, where he serves as Chair of the Trustee Board. A multi-employer training fund, jointly administered by union and management, the Trust serves as the vehicle through which proven successful and college degree programs continue to be developed. Of particular pride is the incorporation of the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program (UMAP) which is training Veterans for jobs in the utility industry.
He has pledged that his members would be the safest, most productive and highest skilled utility workers in the world.
Under his leadership, the Utility Workers Union of America has committed to represent the interests of both the public and its workers to bring about long over-due national reform that will deliver safe, reliable, cost-effective and environmental friendly utility services across the country. On a state by state basis, the UWUA is doing its own investigations, writing position papers from its findings and urging government to commit to the development of, and investment in, more durable and sustaining physical and human utility infrastructures. Mike Langford sees it as a win-win for all. “Investing in utility infrastructure reform is good for the economy, it’s good for the environment, it’s good for the consumer, and it’s good for our workers. We all need to work together to be part of the solution because it is the right thing to do.”