Utility Workers Union of America Elects New President James Slevin and Executive Vice President Pat Dillon
Leaders Succeed Retiring Leadership D. Michael Langford, Steven VanSlooten
WASHINGTON, DC (JULY 26, 2019) – Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA), AFL-CIO today elected James Slevin to the position of National President and Pat Dillon as Executive Vice President. Slevin and Dillon succeed D. Michael Langford and Steven VanSlooten who are retiring this week.
“After 40 years of working in the utility industry with 16 years working in the leadership of our great union, I’m proud to pass the torch onto this next generation of leadership,” said D. Michael Langford. “Jim Slevin and Pat Dillon are proven, capable and visionary leaders and I’m confident they’ll protect our legacy and build our future.”
Jim Slevin and Pat Dillon were elected by a unanimous convention delegation today during the 31st Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas where members gathered from across the country to set the direction of the union for the next four years.
“We’ve been planning this succession for some time,” said Langford. “The union is in a good place and it’s a good time for this transition.”
The new leadership will be officially sworn into office Saturday, July 27.
“Mike and Steve have left an indelible impact on UWUA,” said Jim Slevin. “They’ve taken the union into the 21st century, secured benefits that have uplifted our members and worked to bring diverse new voices and perspectives into the organization. We thank them for their remarkable leadership, dedication and solidarity.”
About James Slevin
Previously, James T. Slevin, was president of Local 1-2 (NY), the union’s largest local with over 8,000 Members. Slevin was born and raised in a union household in the Bronx. The son of Irish immigrants and a UWUA Shop Steward, he began his union career as a carpenter. In 1987 Slevin signed on as a Utility Worker at Consolidated Edison. Working his way up from helper to cable splicer, Slevin became a Local 1-2 Shop Steward in 1989. Slevin was elected president in March 2014 and re-elected in March 2017. He has studied at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and was a recent graduate of the National Labor Leadership Initiative sponsored by the AFL-CIO. He is a married father of three children, with his wife Maureen, a registered nurse. He makes his home in Hopewell Junction in Dutchess County, NY.
About Pat Dillon
Pat Dillon is a member of Local 150 (MI). He is former president of the Michigan State Utility Workers Council (MSUWC) which represents over 3,800 members under seven contracts with six employers. Dillon is a Journeyman Line Worker with the Michigan based utility, Consumers Energy. Beginning his career as a utility worker in 1991, Pat held positions in meter reading, gas distribution, tree trimming, and electric distribution before completing his Electric Line Apprenticeship in 1999. Pat is the chair of the Power for America Training Trust Fund. He helped create the P4A Potterville Training Center which has provided training to thousands of UWUA members and over 150 UWUA Union Military Assistance Program candidates since 2013. Pat has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Cornerstone University. Pat lives with his wife in Kalamazoo, MI.