Throughout Native American Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Native Americans have made to the labor movement and toward expanding the rights of working people. Today's profile features Robert Gilson of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 7019 member Robert Gilson has worked for Lumen for more than 24 years, where he works as a broadband technician. He has been a proud union member the entire time. A descendant of the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona, Gilson served seven years in the U.S. Army before going to work at U.S. West Communications (now Lumen). He encourages his workgroup to be active in the union so they will always have a voice at the table and because the union knows how to ensure equality for all.