President, General Teamsters Local 959
Barbara was born in Herlong, California into a military family. Before moving to Alaska from Guam in 1972, Barbara traveled around the states and overseas. After arriving in Anchorage, Barbara began her career in 1973 with the City of Anchorage. She worked for the City at the old downtown Loussac Library and was promoted to various positions within the department until the early 1980s.
In 1978, Barbara weathered her first labor union strike and walked the picket line for six weeks when AMEA went on strike against the City. George Sullivan was mayor of Anchorage at that time.
Barbara has been a member of Local 959 since 1978 when the Anchorage Municipal Employees Association (AMEA) became affiliated with Teamsters Local 959. She served on AMEA’s board of directors from 1977 until 1983, when she ran for office and was elected president. She then served as both AMEA’s president and business representative. Upon resigning as AMEA’s president, Barbara became a full-time business representative for Teamsters.
Barbara has since served the Local in a number of positions. In addition to her position as a business representative, she has been the contract negotiator for members at AMEA, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Horizon Lines of Alaska, South Peninsula Hospital, Republic Parking, ABM Janitorial, and Sunrise Bakery. Barbara feels fortunate to have trained under former 959 Secretary-Treasurers, Jesse L. Carr, Bobby Sinnett, Jack Slama, and Jerry Hood.
Currently the director of Local 959’s government and legislative affairs department, Barbara is the Local’s statewide lobbyist in Juneau.
Barbara has participated in numerous training programs throughout her career, including such programs on:
Labor law studies (George Meany Center)
Arbitration of discipline and discharge cases
Case preparation and presentation of arbitrations
Advance arbitration (George Meany Center)
Offensive collective bargaining (George Meany Center)
Contract negotiations (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service)
Interest based bargaining (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service)
Harvard Law School – Program on Negotiations / Interest Based Bargaining
Barbara has served on numerous boards and task forces as follows:
Governor’s Advisory Task Force on Civil Justice Reform
International Brotherhood of Teamsters Human Rights Commission
Alaska Health Project (board member)
State Health Care Cost Containment Task Force
Mayor’s Productivity Task Force
Municipal Coalition of Unions (co-chair)
State of Alaska Labor Relations Board
State of Alaska Board of Marine Pilots
Alaska Dance Association
Resource Development Council (board member)
Common Wealth North (board member)
Conference of Alaskans
Ad Hoc Labor/Management Workers’ Compensation Task Force
Barbara is married with two children and three stepchildren, and seven grandchildren. She enjoys running, golfing, skiing, fishing, gardening, reading, and especially spending time with her grandchildren.