Brad Markell is the Executive Director of the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council (IUC), which is the manufacturing arm of the AFL-CIO, with 12 unions representing over 1 million members in manufacturing. He also leads the federation’s climate and energy policy work, including labor’s participation in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process and the AFL-CIO’s Labor Energy Partnership.
Prior to joining the AFL-CIO, Brad was on the staff of the UAW, where he represented the union during negotiations with the Obama administration on fuel-economy regulations and led the UAW’s efforts to establish the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program administered by DOE. Brad is an experienced labor negotiator, and while at the UAW participated in several rounds of national bargaining in the automobile, aerospace, and heavy-truck industries.
Brad’s board and committee service on behalf of the labor movement includes the Biden-Harris transition team, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, the National Academy of Engineering, the Export-Import Bank Advisory Council, the International Labor Organization, and the International Energy Agency.
Brad has degrees from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. He joined the UAW in 1976, when he hired into General Motors, and belongs UAW Local 14 in Toledo Ohio.