Serving as a non-profit organization sponsored and supported by the Missouri AFL-CIO, the Missouri Works Initiative is strategically positioned to address the state’s changing workforce needs, whether those needs are:

  • Creating healthy and recovery friendly workplaces
  • Connecting laid off workers with job-search or upskilling resources for future employment
  • Or collaborating with community partners to offer innovative points of entry to traditional apprenticeship opportunities.

Our expert team, network of labor professionals, and community-based organizations stand ready to work toward the shared goal of creating economic opportunities for all Missourians.

Our programs include:

Board Members

Jake Hummel

Jake Hummel

Missouri AFL-CIO President and Missouri Works Initiative President
Merri Berry

Merri Berry

Missouri AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer and Missouri Works Initiative Secretary-Treasurer
Reginald Thomas

Reginald Thomas

Missouri AFL-CIO Vice President and Missouri Works Initiative Vice President
John Stiffer

John Stiffer

President, St. Louis Building and Construction Trades Council, Heat, Frost, Insulators and Allied Trades Local 1
Frank Jacobs

Frank Jacobs

Business Manager I.B.E.W. Local 1
Doug Beck

Doug Beck

Missouri State Senator and President, Missouri Building and Construction Trades
Emily Martin

Emily Martin

Chief Operating Officer, Guarantee Electrical
Steve Morrow

Steve Morrow

President, Springfield Building and Construction Trades Council, Bricklayers Local 15
Ralph Oropeza

Ralph Oropeza

President, Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council

Staff

Megan Price

Megan Price

Executive Director
Amy Phillips

Amy Phillips

Operations Director
Dr. John S Gaal

Dr. John S Gaal

Worker Wellness Director
Aurora Bihler

Aurora Bihler

Building Union Diversity - St. Louis Coordinator
Rudy Chavez

Rudy Chavez

Missouri Apprentice Ready - Kansas City Coordinator
Austin Fox

Austin Fox

Missouri Apprentice Ready - Springfield Coordinator
Pat Dolan

Pat Dolan

BUD STL Program Facilitator
Tracy Hykes

Tracy Hykes

BUD High School Coordinator
Harriett Holt

Harriett Holt

BUD Mentor and Facilitator
Jimmy Lappe

Jimmy Lappe

Dislocated Worker Coordinator