News release from Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council:
NASHVILLE, TN – A.J. Starling was elected as the new Secretary-Treasurer of the Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council at yesterday’s meeting of the body’s Executive Board. His election was approved following the resignation of Secretary-Treasurer James Hale.
Prior to his current position, Starling served as the Executive Assistant to the President, a position he will continue to hold in addition to his new role. He’s also the TN AFL-CIO’s Chief Lobbyist and has spent many years building relationships with legislators at the Capitol.
“I have known A.J. for many years and know him to be a true, dedicated unionist and a very loyal and trustworthy individual,” said TN AFL-CIO President Gary Moore. “Those qualities are not only exhibited to his Labor family, but also to his wife, Marieta, sons Andrae and Jeffrey, and grandsons Imani, Ethan, and Bishop. I look forward to working with A.J. to continue moving the TN AFL-CIO in a positive direction that his predecessor, James Hale, provided,” said President Moore.
Hale is more than confident in the choice for his replacement.
“After spending a lifetime in the Labor Movement, it was an honor to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the state fed. I couldn’t be more pleased that an individual like A.J. Starling, who has such a strong compassion for working people, has become the new Secretary-Treasurer,” said Hale.
Starling has worked at the TN AFL-CIO for 26 years and is looking forward to his new responsibilities.
“I’m looking forward to the responsibilities of Secretary-Treasurer and continuing to help the working men and women of this state,” said Starling.
In addition to Starling, the following Executive Board members were elected to new positions: Norm Jenks (Executive Vice President), Tracy Newman (1st Vice President), and Billy Dycus (2nd Vice President). Steve Trail, Paul Shaffer, Janice Hooker Chalmers, and Robert Lunsford were sworn in as new Executive Board members.