Before joining the Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, Valerie held several appointed positions with Local 601 including health & safety co-chair, shop steward, recording secretary, and executive secretary for three terms, which is an elected position. In 2015, she was appointed chair to the newly established Women’s Caucus. The caucus’ mission is to empower women in the workforce, provide training and development, spearhead strategic initiatives, advocate for equality, and economic security for women and their families, as well as promote a quality work environment.
In December 2018, she became an organizer and was later promoted to senior national representative. In her role as an organizer, she supports workers in forming unions. As a senior national representative, she is charged with negotiating contracts, enforcing work rules and collective bargaining agreements, as well as resolving and mitigating issues through the grievance and arbitration processes.
She received the certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2020 as an honoree of The Harriet Tubman Award for Social Justice. In 2021, she was spotlighted by the AFL-CIO as part of the organization’s series on Women’s History month. In October 2021, she was elected as a delegate at the 21st Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW ) convention. In March 2022, she was elected as president of the Greater NJ CLUW Chapter.
Valerie received a BA in sociology/criminal justice from Bloomfield College in New Jersey, an MBA in global management from Excelsior College in New York and is a graduate of the Rutgers Labor School in New Brunswick, New Jersey.