Bryan Powell was recently elected secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department’s St. Louis Port Maritime Council.
Powell brings a broad history of Labor experience to the St. Louis Port Council, having previously served as president or secretary-treasurer of various Maritime Port Councils around the country over the last two decades.
Powell also serves as assistant vice president of the Seafarers International Union (SIU), and national assistant vice president for the SIU-affiliated Seafarers Entertainment and Allied Trades Union (SEATU).
Powell began his maritime career in 1993 when he attended the SIU-affiliated apprenticeship program, and then later came ashore to work as a union official. Since 2017, he has served as a member of the board of directors for the Detroit Port Authority and was elected its secretary-treasurer in 2018.
Appointed by the George W. Bush administration in 2003 and 2005, Powell served on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Special Industry Committee where he was responsible for advising the Secretary of Labor on economic policy related to application of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Powell holds a master’s degree in business administration, and is an active member of various organizations, including the Propeller Club of the United States, the National Defense Transportation Association, Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA), and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).