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The Executive Committee

The objectives of the Grace Carroll Rocky Mountain Labor School is to operate and promote schools,

institutes, and other educational activities for the purpose of providing training for officers and leaders of local unions,

city central bodies, state central bodies and representatives of national and international unions within

the territorial limits of the sponsoring state central bodies.


Fred Yamashita

Executive Director

Arizona AFL-CIO

Fred Yamashita, a native of Detroit, Michigan, accepted his position at the AZ AFL-CIO in November of 2017. 

Prior to that Fred spent 20 years working for the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 99, before which

he spent 20 years as a worker on the floor in the grocery industry.

Fred served as Chair of the Pima Area Labor Federation from 2015 until moving back to Phoenix to accept the position as Executive Director. He has five children and one grandchild.

Dennis Dougherty

Executive Director

Colorado AFL-CIO

Dennis Dougherty has been a Commissioner with the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS) since 2007. As a federal mediator covering Colorado and Wyoming, Dennis mediated labor disputes, including collective bargaining negotiations and grievances, for the private, public, non-profit and federal sectors. Dennis also was the past president of the Rocky Mountain Labor and Employment Relations Association LERA, and still serves on the board.  In addition, Dennis is the past Treasurer of the Global Education Fund. 


Prior to his appointment with FMCS, Dennis completed his Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in negotiation analysis and conflict resolution at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  While at the Kennedy School, Dougherty served as the Co-Director of the Office of Public Service.


Dennis began his career as an elementary school teacher in the Atlanta Public Schools.

Joe Maloney




Joe Maloney is the President of the Idaho AFL-CIO, before he became president he served as an Executive Board member representing the Magic Valley area.

Joe has been has been a member of IBEW 449 since 2009.

Joe made a promise to his grandfather many years ago promising to join a union so, after he received his Journeyman License through the College of Southern Idaho he joined IBEW 449. Joe enthusiastically participated in his union and his Central Labor Council from day one. From 2012-2017 Joe dedicated his career to his local and became and full time organizer for them.


Joe has served as a Executive Board Member for the Filer Parks and Recreation and has also been a Comet Instructor for his local.

Joe has been married to his wife Callie for 17 years, they have twin sons, Kynan and Kayle who are 12.

Jeff Worthington




On January 1, 2018 Jeff  was sworn in as  President of the UTAH AFL-CIO where he will continue to work with the Utah State Legislature, City and County municipalities, by reaching across the isles to ensure that the rights of Utah Working Families are heard.


For 39 years Jeff Worthington worked as a Locomotive Engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He was also an Operation Lifesaver Presenter and sat on numerous Safety Committees. Jeff spent his entire railroad career Representing Locomotive Engineers as a Legislative Representative and then as the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Utah State Legislative Board Chairman. As Chairman of the Utah State Legislative Board, Jeff also sat on the National Association of State Legislative Board Chairmen (NASLBC), headquartered in Washington D.C. Jeff worked diligently and was very passionate and determined to represent the rights of the working men and women that he represented...


Jeff sits on the following boards:

Governor’s appointee to the 150th Anniversary, Golden Spike Commission

UOSHA  Advisory Board (Utah Occupational Safety and Health)

Utah State Workforce Development Board 

Workforce Services

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