Staff Roster

District 6 Headquarters

The Parkway, Building One
4801 Southwest Parkway, Suite 145
Austin, Texas 78735

512-330-0871
512-330-0892 - Fax

Claude Cummings Jr.

Claude Cummings Jr.
Vice President District 6
512-330-0871
Ccummings@cwa-union.org

Claude Cummings, who has served as an at-large member of the Executive Board of the Communications Workers of America since 2007, was elected Vice President of CWA District 6 in July 2011 and was re-elected in July 2015 representing workers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. Since then, Claude has also been appointed to lead the Human Rights department for the National CWA. In addition, Vice President Cummings has been elected as 2nd Vice President of the Houston NAACP, while also serving as an At Large member of the CBTU and APRI Executive Boards. Prior to his election to District 6 Vice President he was President of CWA Local 6222 representing more than 4,000 members. He was first elected President of the Local in 1999; previously serving as Vice President and held other leadership positions in the local. A leading voice in local and state politics, Cummings worked for passage of a state law to enable AT&T to provide video services to customers. He also served as a delegate to past Democratic National Conventions. He is a longtime community activist, supporting and directing civil rights efforts in the region, United Way contribution drives, community religious events, and other community and civic campaigns. 

A leader in the Fifth Ward Missionary Baptist Church, Cummings is Chairman of the Deacon Board and a member of the Choir, Brotherhood and Male Chorus. Cummings joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1973 (now AT&T) and had worked as a Frame Attendant and Communications Technician, maintaining systems for NASA, among other corporate customers. He is married to Ruth Cummings; they have three children: Kenyetta, Katrina, and Claude III and 8 grandchildren: Laura, Ale'ycia, Yuri, Deiondre, Brianna, Jillian, Claire, and Laila.

 

Sylvia J. Ramos
Assistant to Vice President
512-330-0871
sramos@cwa-union.org

Sylvia started her career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1981 in San Antonio, Texas as a Directory Assistance Operator.  In 1984 she worked as a Service Order Writer and in 1997 accepted a transfer to SBC Business Billing as a bilingual Service Representative.  She became a Job Steward for CWA Local 6143 in 1982 and was elected to various positions: Chief Steward, Vice-President, and Executive Vice-President.  Sylvia chaired the Organizing and Mobilizing Committees for her Local and was responsible for the Advanced Union Education of the membership.  She led the first Southwestern Bell Mobile Telephone Company organizing campaign to a successful victory.  On September 7, 1998, she was recognized by the AFL-CIO when she received the "A Woman's Place is in Her Union" award.  Sylvia was elected as the AT&T State Strategist for Texas and held that position until she was appointed CWA Staff Representative in Dallas, Texas.  While in Dallas she was assigned to chair numerous bargaining committees such as ABT, Tyco, Verizon Select Services, AT&T Broadband, Comcast, Time Warner, Southwest Electric, and Southern Foods.  She also was involved in numerous organizing campaigns including the Cingular and AT&T Wireless campaigns.  In January 2009, Sylvia was assigned to the Austin Staff office where she was selected to assist in SBC Bargaining.  On July 25, 2011 she was appointed Assistant to the Vice President in Austin, Texas.  Sylvia has three children, Jason, John, and Jacquelyn Nicole.


Mark Franken

Mark Franken
Area Director
512-330-0871
mfranken@cwa-union.org

After earning a degree in Business Management, Mark began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1978 as a Supplies Attendant in Hannibal, Mo. During his career with the Company, Mark has also held titles of Station Installer, Installer/Repairman, Cable Repair Technician, Customer Services Technician and Systems Technician, which remains his current title. Except for the 6 months he spent in Hannibal at the onset of his employment, Mark has been a member of CWA Local 6314. He was a Steward for the Local from 1981 until his election as Vice President in March 1987. In November 1996, Mark was elected President of the Local and continued serving in that capacity until his appointment to a CWA Staff Representative position in October 2000. During his years with Local 6314, Mark also served as picket captain; strike director and chairperson of both the Organizing Committee and the Legislative Committee. He also served as Vice President of the Missouri Political and Legislative Committee. He was elected 3 times as a member of the CWA Bargaining Committee to negotiate with SWBT and has served on other Bargaining Committees as well. Mark also served as President of the Sedalia Federation of Labor, a central labor council of the Missouri AFL-CIO, for over 10 years. In 1981, Mark married his lovely wife Beverly. Together, they have 2 children, Justin and Kimberly. In March 2009, he was promoted to Area Director, and assigned to the District 6 office in Austin, Texas.


 

Derrick Osobase
Area Director of Organizing
512-330-0875
dosobase@cwa-union.org

 


 

Austin, Texas Staff Office

The Parkway, Building One
4801 Southwest Parkway, Suite 115
Austin, Texas 78735

512-330-0875
512-330-0892 - Fax

Charlie Torres

Charlie Z. Torres
CWA Staff Representative
512-330-0875
ctorres@cwa-union.org

I began working with Southwestern Bell Telephone in 1976 in Rockport, TX as a summer help Installer-Repairman. While attending my third year at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, TX, I was offered a position as an Installer-Repairman in Kenedy, TX in December 1977. A year and a half later, I transferred to Corpus Christi, TX as a Cable Splicer. I was a cable splicer for 22 years then transferred to the rehab group as a Customer Service Technician. I have been a proud CWA member since my first day on the job.  I became Union Steward for the construction group in my work center in 1997. In 1999, I was elected as 1st Vice-President for Local 6137 and in 2003 I was elected Secretary-Treasurer. In December of 2005, I was elected President and served in that capacity until my promotion to CWA Staff Representative, Kansas City, MO in December 2007.  I served for two years on the Safety & Health Committee for District 6. I have served in many other volunteer leadership roles in my community and have been involved in many political campaigns. I served for 12 years on the Gregory-Portland School Board, in my hometown of Portland, TX, five of those years as an officer.  I was President of the Coastal Bend Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO for four years and two years as District 5 Vice-President, on the TX AFL-CIO Executive Board.  I have been married to my wife, Carmen, for 30 years. She is a school teacher and an AFT member. We have four sons. Charles Patrick and Michael Paul, both work for AT&T in Austin, TX and are CWA members. John Paul is a University of Texas graduate who works for Country Fresh Foods in Dallas. Our youngest son, Nicolas Salome, graduated from the University of the Incarnate Word, in San Antonio, in December 2007. We also have a beautiful four year old granddaughter, Mia Milan, and a new grandson, Nicolas Enrique, born 1/13/08. I am devoted to doing a great job for the CWA membership, and look forward to my new responsibilities!
 

 

 


 

 

Mike Gross

Mike Gross
CWA Organizing Coordinator
512-330-0875
mgross@cwa-union.org

Mike Gross has been a member of CWA Local 6186/ Texas State Employees Union since 1985. His first state employee job was Kitchen Helper at the student cafeterias of Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, TX, when he was a student in the early 1970's. During those years the community of SFA employees introduced him to Civil Rights work in East Texas and their own struggle for justice. He later went on to work full time on the Gardening crew at SFA. In  the late 1970's through the early 1980's Mike worked for the Texas Youth Council (now the Texas Juvenile Justice Dept) as an Instructor and later as Logistics Coordinator in the Wilderness Challenge program. He joined a new organization – Texas State Employees Union/CWA as soon as he heard about it. At the time TSEU was organizing SFA employees and supporting their decades-long struggle against racism and discrimination at the university. He left state employment to complete his college degree, working in hospitals in Nacogdoches and Lufkin, but stayed active in TSEU and the SFA campaign. Mike was on the organizing committee for the December 1987 Jobs with Justice march that brought over 3000 trade unionists and other supporters to Nacogdoches to support the SFA workers. After being privatized in 1986 to stop their organizing drive, the SFA cafeteria workers won a union contract as private sector employees in 1988.

Mike joined the staff of TSEU as an organizer in 1988, assigned to Houston and later to Lubbock.  He was promoted to Organizing Coordinator in 1992 and was elected Vice President of TSEU in 1998. He served in those positions until March of 2012, when he moved to the CWA District 6 staff as District Organizing Coordinator.


 

Dallas, Texas Staff Office

2300 Valley View Lane, Suite 700
Irving, Texas 75062
214-441-9399 - Fax

Tony Shaffer
CWA Representative
214-441-9290
tshaffer@cwa-union.org

Tony Shaffer
CWA Staff Representative
214-441-9290
 

 

 

 

 

 


Mike LoVuolo
CWA Staff Representative
214-441-9290
mlovuolo@cwa-union.org

 

 

Born and raised in Boston, I worked as a travel agent for three years and then went to work for American Airlines in 1982 in their Hartford reservations office. I transferred to Dallas in 1983 where I worked in computer installations for 3 years and went to the airport at DFW where I worked as a Ticket Counter, Gate, and Baggage Service agent and then as an International Instructor for 4 years.

From 1992-1997 I worked with 2 other unions to try and organize the agent workforce at American Airlines. After the CWA won the passenger service unit election at US Airways in 1997, I collected signatures from almost 300 committee members to move our organizing efforts to CWA.

In 1997, I came to CWA as a blue voucher organizer and filed for an election in 1998 for 17,000 agents. Under old NMB rules ballots not returned were counted as NO votes and we obtained 42% in Yes votes. American merged with TWA in 2001 while we were building for another election for 21,000 agents and we were hit with September 11th, crippling the industry and putting tens of thousands of airline employees out of work.

In 2003, along with American agents, I chartered a non-majority Local in Dallas. We elected officers and I became a 75/25 organizer. With close to 400 members I trained stewards to handle grievances and trained inside organizers to continue building for another election. Our local lobbied Congress and we were successful in getting the Airport Rage bill passed. Elected as an officer in 2006, I became Treasurer and eventually Secretary/Treasurer.

As a Special Assignment Organizer from February 2011 through 2014 I continued organizing and filed for a new election in 2011. We lost by 150 votes and filed again, after the American/US Airways merger was announced and won representation for almost 14,000 new members of the CWA/IBT Association.


Kansas City, Missouri Staff Office

920 Main Street, Suite 680
Kansas City, Missouri 64105-2011
816-842-7558 - Fax

AJ Villegas
A.J. Villegas
CWA Staff Representative
816-842-0600
avillegas@cwa-union.org

AJ started his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone in Mission, Kansas as a Clerk in the business office, in 1981. In 1989 he became a Service Representative, still in Mission, Kansas. In 1983, after the strike, he was made a job steward for Local 6327. He was elected Vice President-SWBT for Local 6327 in 1984 and served in that position until 1997. He held numerous positions within the Local, such as; chief steward, steward, organizer, mobilizer and member of various committees. He also earned his Bachelor's Degree from St. Mary College in 1995. In July 2000, he was appointed Staff Representative in Dallas, Texas and later transfered to the Kansas City Staff office in January 2001. A.J. lives in Pleasant Hill, Missouri with his daughter Claire.


 

 

St. Louis, Missouri Staff Office

10733 Sunset Office Drive - Suite 201
Sunset Hills, Missouri 63127
314-965-9447 - Fax

 

 

Mike Neumann

Michael Neumann
Northern Area Director
314-965-9809
mneumann@cwa-union.org

Mike was appointed to a CWA Staff Representative position in 2004.  He served on the 2004 CWA Bargaining Committee during negotiations with SBC.  Mike served as a Job Steward and Chief Steward for over 20 years and currently a dues paying member of CWA Local 6320.  He retired from SBC in 2005 and is an active member of the Greater St. Louis CWA Retirees Club.  Mike lives in St. Louis with his wife and their two children.


 

Jason Vellmer
Jason Vellmer
CWA Staff Representative
314-965-9809
jvellmer@cwa-union.org

Jason Vellmer started his career with SBC in 2000 as a Network Center Technician in St. Louis, MO.  He served as Vice President-ASI in Local 6310 and later in Local 6300, until his appointment to the position of Staff Representative.  He also served as a Steward, Mobilization Chair, Legislative Chair, Community Services Chair, MPLC Executive Vice President, CWA St. Louis City Council Legislative Coordinator, United Way Campaign Organizer, Jobs with Justice Sustaining Member, and North County Labor Club Board Member.  Jason comes from a union background.  His grandfather, James Luetkemeyer, served as a Steward for CWA Local 6310.  Jason attended college at ITT Technical Institute where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering and, upon graduation, was awarded Salutatorian.  Jason gives a special thanks to everyone he served with on the 6310, 6320, and 6300 Executive Boards, and for the support he received in achieving his goals.  He is strongly committed to the members of CWA and rebuilding the Labor Movement.  Jason lives in the Kansas City area with his wife, Danielle, and kids; Caleb, Jacob, and Isabella.



Kara Hutchason
CWA Staff Representative
314-965-9809
khutchason@cwa-union.org

Kara Hutchason began her career with AT&T in 1998 as a Service Representative in Cape Girardeau MO.  She has been a CWA member in good standing of Local 6316 since the startif her career.  Kara held the positions of Steward, Chief Steward, and for over 5 years Secretary of the Local.  In addition to her Secretary duties Kara was also the Local’s Legislative Coordinator, State and District Legislative Coordinator where her dedication and commitment helped lead the District 6 to their excellent PAF accomplishments.  She also served as Executive Vice-President of the MO Political Legislative Council, Secretary of the Southeast MO Labor Club, and a Delegate to the Southeast MO Central Labor Council.  She also is a sustaining member of Jobs with Justice.  Kara has a strong foundation of the CWA triangle and is deeply committed to ensuring workers in all walks of life have a positive chance at the middle class lifestyle CWA members enjoy.  Kara is married to Ronnie and are the proud parents of daughter Kaiti, and son Cort.


Tammera Chaffee
Organizing Coordinator
314-965-9809
tchaffee@cwa-union.org









 

Tammy began her career with Southwestern Bell in July of 2000 as a Customer Service Representative in the repair department at the Wichita, KS call center, and immediately joined CWA Local 6402. During the fall of 2004, Tammy transferred to the sales office where she saw a growing need for representation. It was at this point that she became a steward. She quickly found her niche and was elected to the position of chief steward by her peers.  She ran for, and was elected to the position of Secretary/Treasurer in the spring of 2010. While holding the role of Customer Service Representative at AT&T and Secretary/Treasurer at CWA Local 6402, Tammy still found time to dedicate herself to internal organizing. She also educated her co-workers of the importance of organizing, both internal and external.  

Also, Tammy began efforts to really dig into the national T-Mobile campaign by successfully establishing a committee of T-Mobile employees, first while she was a chief steward and throughout her role as an officer of the local. She determined the need for developing and educating a small group of local organizers to assist in the campaign. Tammy’s efforts were noticed and in October 2012 she was offered and accepted a Special Assignment Organizer position with CWA. 

Tammy and local organizers have hosted several joint organizing visits from German ver.di members as well as Local 6016 AT&T Mobility members. In August 2014, Tammy was offered and accepted her current position as District Organizing Coordinator for CWA.

Tammy has also been involved in the American Airlines campaign, Envoy (formerly known as American Eagle), and the TSEU Local 6186 organizing blitz at the University of Texas. She developed strong relationships between CWA and other like minded organizations in Wichita to support each others' struggles, and to move Kansas towards becoming a purple state; she currently sits on the board of KPA (Kansas People’s Action), the political arm of Sunflower Community Action.