AFSCME Council 8 Stalwart Howard Van Kleef, 1924-2019

The Ohio Council 8 Executive board is sad to say that a dear friend of labor and AFSCME stalwart, Howard Van Kleef, died on November 18th, at the age of 95.

“Howard was fighter for public employees on the job and as a founding member of AFSCME Ohio Retiree Chapter 1184. He was devoted to Ohio AFSCME retirees and served as chapter treasurer into his 90s,” said Ohio Council 8 President R. Sean Grayson.

Van Kleef worked as a pipefitter at Cleveland’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. He was a member of AFSCME Local 2679, which represented hospital workers from 1973 until the facility closed its doors in 1996. He served on the local union’s executive board, as Vice President and was elected President in 1985.

Howard retired in 1989 and devoted his attention to helping to organize and represent Ohio’s retired AFSCME members.
“As a founding member of Chapter 1184 he did a lot to make sure retired AFSCME members received what we need and the respect we deserve,” said fellow Clevelander and Chapter 1184 member Marian Garth-Safford.

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