Collectively our officers bring almost 60 years of union experience to the table. They have held every leadership position in the union on their way to becoming officers. Their unique perspective as workers, members, chair and stewards make them the ideal candidates to lead SEIU 668.
The President and Secretary- Treasurer were democratically elected by membership for a three year term, which runs January 2015 – December 2018. 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 Tom Herman
SEIU Local 668 President Tom Herman is a life-long Labor activist. Beginning his professional career at Pennhurst Center in Chester County in June of 1971, Mr. Herman first became involved with Labor Movement when, at age 18, he was elected Shop Steward. During this time, he worked his way through college and graduated from Temple University with a BA in Psychology. He ran for, and was elected, Chief Shop Steward, a position he held until he was elected President of AFSCME Local 1147. He led Local 1147 from from 1978 to 1982.
In 1987, Mr. Herman, then working at Norristown State Hospital in Therapeutic Recreation Services, also took a part-time position as the Director of Therapeutic Recreation at Correctional Medical Systems, Inc. Throughout this period, Mr. Herman held a number of volunteer leadership positions at SEIU Local 668, including SWEB member, and member of the Budget Finance, MH, and MR Committees. In 1989, he joined the Local full-time as an Organizer in 1989. In January of 1992, he began working as a Business Agent, a position he has held since then.
Over the past decade, Mr. Herman has served as the Berks Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer, as well as the Executive Board member and Trustee of the Southeast Pennsylvania Area Labor Federation. He has been politically active, as an elected Committeeman in Berks County for almost twenty years (currently in his fourth term), Chairman of the Democratic Party for the last ten, an elected member of the Democratic State Party’s Executive Board, and the Chairman of the State Party’s Rules and Order of Business Committee. In 1999, he ran for the State House of Representatives. He was elected Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in both 2008 and 2012 as well.
Mr.Hermanhas been involved in leadership roles at numerous nonprofit organizations as well, including the BerksCounty Workforce Investment Board, Clare of Assisi House, The Pennsylvania Society, and the Pennsylvania Parks and Recreation Society.
Secretary-Treasurer JoAnne Sessa
JoAnne “Jo” Sessa is serving her first 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.