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Edward C. Sullivan

President Emeritus, North America's Building Trades Unions

Biography

Edward C. Sullivan, former President of the Building and Construction Trades Department (BCTD), AFL-CIO, is a man who knows his way around the labor movement. Prior to his election in 2000 to the top post in the BCTD, which consists of 15 international unions representing three million construction craftspeople in the U.S. and Canada, he was General President of the International Union of Elevator Constructors (IUEC).

In 1964, Mr. Sullivan began his career in the elevator trade as a probationary helper in IUEC Local 4 in Boston. He worked as a construction mechanic and an adjuster in maintenance for 17 years. In 1981, he was elected Business Manager of Local 4, and he served in that capacity until his election as Assistant to the General President of the IUEC in 1996. He was then elected General President of the Union in 1998. Additionally, Mr. Sullivan chaired the Board of Elevator Regulators in Massachusetts for 10 years.

In 1997 he received the Gompers-Murray-Meany Award, the top honor awarded each year by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.

Mr. Sullivan is a former chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Coordinating Committee for Multi-employer Plans (NCCMP) and the Center to Protect Workers’ Rights (CPWR).

Mr. Sullivan served as the Secretary-Treasurer of Ullico Inc. from 2003 until 2007.