The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) is mourning the passing of DPE President Emeritus Jack Golodner, who passed away May 13, after a brief illness at the age of 85. Together with then-president of the American Federation of Teachers Al Shanker, Golodner pushed for the creation of DPE and served as the president at the organization’s founding in 1977. Shanker and Golodner saw professionals as an important, growing group within the AFL-CIO and believed there should be a special department to address their needs. As president of DPE, Golodner was a voice for professionals before Congress, in the press, and as a contributor to many scholarly journals on the professional workforce. Golodner was also a fervent advocate for the arts, at the table for the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Read more here.