Oklahoma Universal Human Rights Award Honorees
Organizations are underlined.
Tim O’ConnorCentral Oklahoma Labor Federation, AFL-CIO
Joint nomination: Labor leaders Jimmy Curry and Tim O’Conner
Tim O’Connor is the president of the Central Oklahoma Labor Federation, AFL-CIO. The federation represents 54 local union affiliates in 7 counties in Central Oklahoma. In all, the Federation represents over 16,000 members.
Last year, the Federation filed a petition in Oklahoma City to let voters decide if the minimum wage should be raised from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Before a vote could be taken, though, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill prohibiting cities across the state from establishing local laws on the topic of wages and employee benefits.
The Federation is focused on public policy issues such as raising the minimum wage, immigration reform, the expansion of Medicaid in Oklahoma, and other issues of social justice that affect working families. They often partner with faith-based and community organizations to pursue these objectives.