Illinois pipefitter named executive director of Union Veterans Council

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Will Attig has been appointed as executive director of the AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council. Attig is a member of United Association Local 160 in Murphysboro and worked as a zone coordinator in the AFL-CIO Labor 2016 political program.

As a member of UA Local160, Attig worked with Illinois legislators to create a Veterans Suicide Task Force. The legislation creating the task force became a model program for lawmakers nationwide.

Attig is a combat veteran of the Iraqi war where he served with the 1-26th Infantry, one of the most decorated units of the Iraqi war.

After returning home, Attig attended a veteran welding program with the Helmets to Hard Hats program in 2010. After completing the program he went on to become an apprentice with UA Local 160 Plumbers & Pipefitters in Southern Illinois. He received his Journeyman’s card in 2016.

Will Fischer, the former executive director of the Union Veterans Council, was appointed director of governmental affairs with VoteVets.Org in February.

The AFL-CIO Union Veterans Council advocates for veterans on working class veteran related issues in the area of the need for good jobs and a strong fully funded and staffed Veterans Administration (VA).

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