Local 21 Welcomes New Representative Chung Park

 

Chung Park comes to IFPTE Local 21 with more than 15 years of experience advocating for workers’ rights.  He has been a Regional Coordinator for the SEIU-United Healthcare West and supervised eight Field Representatives/Organizers scattered from Mt. Shasta/Redding area down to San Luis Obispo.  Chung is replacing Stanley Young and will represent CEA, ES, PMA and TAEA.

Most recently, Chung served as a Labor Relations Representative for the County of Santa Clara.  After only six months, Chung realized that his heart was with workers and so decided to accept this assignment with IFPTE Local 21.  Chung’s past Labor experience also includes work with the United Association of Doctors and Dentists (UAPD); the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE-Berkeley Campus Chapter), the Public Employees Union, Local One (PEU, Local 1); the California Nurses Association (CNA); and Deputy Labor Commissioner for the California Department of Industrial Relation’s Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DIR/DLSE).  As a Shop Steward, he has conducted internal organizing campaigns which included mapping and charting and messaging out to the members to increase membership, participation at rallies, contract campaigns and other job site actions. 

Born in Chungju, South Korea, and raised in San Francisco, Chung joined the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division right out of high school.  During the six years he served as a paratrooper, he had the opportunity to travel to Austria, Belgium, Germany (also East Germany prior to the unification), Italy, Panama, Spain and Turkey.  Within the U.S., he has been in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Wisconsin.  Chung observed the disparity between the rich and the working class everywhere he went.  Chung began his studies in psychology, but found his true calling in the labor movement.  For Chung, being a union staffer is not just a job but a passion, and fighting for workers’ rights is a way of life.