The labor movement has been going on for years and turned out to be Rosetta Daylie’s life’s journey. Though currently retired from AFSCME as Associate Director of Council 31, she’s still actively involved with organizations that move forward to promote and protect the labor movement. We hope her journey can offer you wisdom from her many years of service, as well as, bring hope and show that we can make a difference in the world.
In honor of hero’s who have made major contributions and in the process made their live transition, as well as those who live on and continue in the struggle for fair labor.
- Jackie Vaughn who was the first woman and African-American to be president of the Chicago’s Teachers Union.
- Addie Wyatt who was vice president of Meat Packers Local 56, and director of the Women’s Affairs and Human Rights Departments of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters.
And many others
Rosetta Daylie (Rose, as she’s more affectionately know), was born in Chicago Illinois where she’s lived her life’s mission as a labor organizer and strong representative for the labor movement. She is a phenomenal woman who’s raised four children as a single parent, leaving them with lasting memories of victory and success! At the beginning of her career, while raising her children, more than four decades ago, she worked for the state as a Food Service Worker at Illinois Visually Handicapped Institution. That was in 1964. She later transferred to the Chicago Reed Mental Health Center as a Food Service Supervisor I, where she had a 2 hour commute to work each way. It was here, she got actively involved in the union with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and served as Steward, Chief Steward, and President of Local 1610. In 1979, she was elected President of AFSCME Council 31. She served in that post until she was appointed Associate Director of Counsel 31 in 1985, from which she retired many years later. Rose has a deep passion for helping others. As her career progressed, she became strongly involved in the labor movement and began to live her dreams by continuing to serve others through (AFSCME). She rose quickly through the ranks with many elections and first time achievements throughout her career.
- ELECTED CHIEF STEWARD IN 1975
- PRESIDENT OF HER LOCAL 1976
- ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AFSCME’S STATEWIDE ORGANIZATION IN 1979 & RE-ELECTED TWICE
- APPOINTED TO A 3 YEAR TERM ON AFSCME’S INTERNATIONAL JUDICIAL PANEL, A RARE ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMEN
- SHE BECAME THE FIRST BLACK WOMEN ELECTED TO THE EXECTUTIVE BOARD OF CHICAGO FEDERATION OF LABOR
- SERVES AS THE 1ST VICE PRESIDENT FOR CHICAGO FEDERATION OF LABOR (CFL)
- RE-ELECTED TO A TWO YEAR TERM ON THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE COALITION OF BLACK TRADE UNIONIST (CBTU)
- SERVED THE DEMOCRATIC SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTIONS FOR NELSON MANDELA DURING THE APARTHEID
These and many other accomplishments are coupled with a lengthy list of awards and recognitions such as…
- The City of Chicago’s Pride in Excellence Award
- Chicago Federation of Labors Woman of the Year Award
- Black United Fund of Illinois Living Legend – Special Lifetime Achievement Award
While these are all great accomplishments, for Rose, these titles, awards and recognition’s mean nothing to her in comparison to her hearts mission and those she’s helped along the way. While Rose is retired, honestly you’ll never know it as she stays quite involved in the movement with organizations like Chicago Federation of Labor, Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, Visionary Friends and others. Her children (now grown) and her grand-children, also grown, all laugh and tell her they don’t believe she’s retired, as she travels abroad, enjoys life and stays connected.
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