Former AFL-CIO Department of Education Assistant Director Ed Czarnecki (83) died on Friday, October 17. “Ed was a highly respected labor educator with a long, proud history working with numerous unions and labor education centers around the country,” said Susan Washington, who worked with him at the AFL-CIO.
photo: Waller receiving the 2009 COPE award from Metro Washington Council president Jos Williams (right) and Metro Council Political Coordinator Rick Powell; photo by Bill Burke. Click below to read more on both Waller and Czarnecki, including details on their funerals.
Ed Czarnecki (left) “was the major craftsman and proponent of the AFL-CIO's One-on-One program member-to-member communications that was adapted from the IAM's Face-to-Face program and that was subsequently picked up by several other unions,” said Susan Washington. “He was a terrific mentor, always passing along his knowledge and techniques to those who wanted to learn.” Czarnecki worked as assistant director for Research and Education at the IBEW from 1958-1966, was Associate Professor and Director of the Labor Center at the University of Iowa from 1966-1977 and Assistant Education Director at the AFL-CIO from 1977-1993. Calling hours will be held this Friday, October 24 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home (500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD). The funeral will Saturday, October 25 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew Apostle Church, Kemp Mill Road and Arcola Ave., Silver Spring, MD.