Convention Delegates Elect Officers

Blending fresh ideas with seasoned leadership, delegates to AFSCME Ohio Council 8’s 21st Biennial Convention in Cincinnati set an action organizing and mobilizing agenda, and elected officers, including six new board members.

President John A. Lyall and First Vice President Harold Mitchell were re-elected by acclamation, along with Patricia Taylor, who was unanimously elected to her first full term as Recording Secretary. Akron Regional Vice President Eddie Lawson was elected AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Secretary-Treasurer.

Lawson has served on the Ohio Council 8 Executive Board as an Akron Regional Vice President since 2005, and for the past 12 years, he has served as vice president of the Tri-County Regional Labor Council. He is president of AFSCME Local 265, which represents nearly 300 members employed by the City of Barberton, Barberton City Schools, City of Norton, Medina Housing Authority, and Wadsworth Wastewater Treatment plant operators.

Other new board members include Athens Regional Vice President Dave E. Logan, president of AFSCME Local 1699 Ohio University, At-Large Vice President Traci R. Poellnitz, representing Council 8 Child Care Providers, Akron Regional Vice President Erik Sharp, of AFSCME Local 684 Akron City Hospital, and Columbus Regional Vice President Woodrow “Chip” Moore, president of AFSCME Local 1632 Columbus City Employees.

In addition, AFSCME Local 7 Toledo City Employees President Donald C. Czerniak and AFSCME Local 684 Akron City Hospital member Eric Sharp were elected as Trustees.

Follow this link for biographies and a complete list of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Executive Board members:




Ohio AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Petee Talley swears in Ohio Council 8’s new and re-elected board members.

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