Challenger Defeats 4-Term Union Prez

 New AFSCME Local 3144 President Malinda Figueroa hugs supporter Sally Brown after union election results are announced early Saturday morning.

New AFSCME Local 3144 President Malinda Figueroa hugs supporter Sally Brown after union election results are announced early Saturday morning.

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - A challenge slate of public employees calling for more democratic, transparent union leadership came into power on Friday night after a municipal union election saw an end to the current president’s eight-year tenure.

That was the result of AFSCME Local 3144 elections, held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday at the New Haven Central Labor Council at 267 Chapel St. in Fair Haven.

Malinda Figueroa, an executive assistant in the Engineering Department who has worked for the city for 18 years, defeated current union President Cherlyn Poindexter by 10 votes to become the next leader of Local 3144.

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