9/30/2011: Chapter 293's Executive Board recently voted unanimously to appoint Pat Copeland to serve as the chapter's Vice President. Pat will serve the remainder of the term of her predecessor, Veronica Lewis, who retired this summer after more than forty years of government service.
"We are all thrilled to be serving with Pat," Chapter 293 President Greg Gilman remarked last month. "She is already one of our best chapter leaders who has done so much for SEC employees, and she is going to be an excellent VP."
Pat is one of the original founders of Chapter 293 at the SEC, and the list of her union credentials is extremely long. She has been a steward for over a decade. She was a member of the Union's first Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiating team and she is also a member of this year's current CBA negotiating team. She also serves on the SEC's Labor-Management Forum. She has previously served as the Chapter's Secretary, and also as an elected representative to the Executive Board. She has handled numerous negotiations at Headquarters, including office reorganizations and moves, participated in meetings with consultants, negotiated bringing the Department of the Treasury Federal Credit Union to the SEC and represented employees in a whole host of individual matters. She is a past recipient of the SEC Chairman's and NTEU President's Labor-Management Relations Award, and she received Chapter 293's Leadership Award in 2010.
"I am glad to serve as the Vice President of the Union," she said this week. "Representing SEC employees has been very important to me for years now. I love the Union and what it does for employees."
Pat currently works as a Paralegal Specialist in the Division of Investment Management's Office of Chief Counsel. In addition to her many years of work in IM, she also served as an Executive Aide to Chairman Breeden's Chief of Staff and on a detail to the White House Counsel and Nomination's Office in the mid-1990s.
Please join Union leadership in congratulating Pat and thanking her for her dedicated service to SEC employees.