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Charlie Wishman

Charlie Wishman is currently the President of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.  He was appointed unanimously to the role in May of 2020 by the IFL Executive Council, and was elected in August of that same year at the 64th Annual Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO Convention.  Charlie became Secretary/Treasurer of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO in January of 2012.  Charlie is a member of AFT Local 716, and has also previously been a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) as well as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).  He worked as the Community Liaison for the Food Bank of Iowa from 2003-2006, and then became a union member when he became an organizer for Iowa Citizen Action Network in 2006.  In 2009 he became a staff member of AFSCME Council 61 as a Communications Specialist.  In the fall of 2011 Charlie came to work at the Federation as Communications Director before stepping into the role as Secretary/Treasurer in 2012.  Charlie has served on many boards and commissions throughout the years.  He has served as President of the Iowa Workers Compensation Advisory Committee and still serves on that committee, the board and executive council of the United Way of Central Iowa, Local Union Community Charities, and also the Iowa Workforce Development board.  Charlie has a wife, Kate, and two children who attend Des Moines Public Schools.