Eric Young - Black In Labor

Eric Young served as the National President of the American Federation of Government Employees, Council of Prison Locals, a position to which he was elected in 2013. As National President, Eric brings more than 25 years of public service to the Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons and AFGE. The Council of Prison Locals represents more than 33,000 federal correctional workers at 122 Bureau of Prisons facilities in 36 states and Puerto Rico.

Under Eric’s leadership, CPL-33 was the most organized council within AFGE. Before becoming National President, he served in positions as Southeast Regional vice-president and president of AFGE Local 501.

Eric successfully completed Cornell University’s prestigious AFL-CIO National Labor Leader Institute (NLLI). He was the recipient of multiple AFGE, District and Council Awards for distinguished leadership, and in 2016 was bestowed with the coveted MLK Labor Leader Award by Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network for his advocacy on Capitol Hill on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform. Eric is an Army veteran. He is married and the proud father of three wonderful children, two who are presently in the US military.