The President and Secretary- Treasurer were democratically elected by membership for a three year term, which runs January 2018 – December 2020. These Officers are the leaders of our union, who are responsible for the daily operation of the union and resolution of all union business. They oversee all union staff and maintain a close working relationship with committee and chapter chairs.
President Steve Catanese
Steve is from Lower Burrell, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. He was a caseworker at at County Assistance Office (CAO) in Pittsburgh when he joined SEIU 668 in 2013. In 2014, he represented SEIU 668 along with Melanie Drayton as fellows in SEIU’s Freedom Summer millennial engagement and mobilization program. Shortly after, Steve was elected to serve the local on its Statewide Executive Board as a CAO Committee Representative. He was also involved in other committees and campaigns on behalf of the local. In 2016 he was hired by the local as a Business Agent, and represented members of state and local units in Central Pennsylvania. He was elected to serve the members of SEIU 668 as President of the local in October 2017. He’s excited to continue to engage and empower SEIU 668 members across Pennsylvania so they can better their lives and workplaces. He’s a big fan of frivolous internet memes, dogs, team sports and Mr. Rogers. There are a few things in life he irrationally dislikes; he tends to endlessly talk about the things he rationally dislikes in person.
Secretary-Treasurer JoAnne Sessa
JoAnne “Jo” Sessa is serving her second term as Secretary Treasurer for SEIU 668.
Jo began her Union leadership as a Chief Shop Steward and chair of the labor management committee in Delaware County, Crosby District. She educated and mobilized new and seasoned members of both Delaware County DPW offices where she has served as an Income Maintenance Caseworker for over 26 years.
Jo served as a Member Political Organizer in four “loss time” campaigns including the 2008 Presidential Campaign. She was a key member organizer, mobilizer and lobbyist for Chapter 10. She also served as Vice Chair of State Shops and Treasurer of Chapter 10 as well as a delegate for the Southeastern Pa AFL-CIO.
In 2011, Jo was elected to the CAO Rank & File Committee and became a voting member of the Statewide Executive Board of SEIU 668. She became the Chair of this committee in 2014 representing 4300 members statewide. Her position as Chair of the largest work committee of Local 668 opened her eyes to the lack of respect given to union workers by the state, counties and private employers statewide. This lack of respect and total disregard of what our union forefathers fought for convinced her to run for Secretary Treasurer and fueled her ambition to rebuild SEIU 668.
Jo is committed to educating ALL members and holding those elected to represent our members accountable for living up to their leadership roles. She will reconnect the broken lines of communication between shops and Interstate Drive. She believes that listening to the concerns and suggestions of members is a crucial part of internally organizing and the rebirth of our great Local. This must be a team effort to be successful as we can only be as strong as our weakest link. UNITED WE STAND….DIVIDED WE FAIL.