New Business Rep

Posted August 25, 2023

Sisters and Brothers,

My name is Carlos Flores and I am honored and excited to be your new Business Representative.  I look forward to engaging with you at meetings, VAC’s, and projects you are working on.  I would personally like to thank Brent Hudson for all his hard work during his tenure.  We wish you the best in your future endeavors Brent! 

 I want to take a moment to share a little about myself and let you get to know me.  As a commercial painter by trade, I joined the Union in 2000, becoming a member of Local 376.  I worked in the field for over 19 years, working with various companies.  A lot of you may know me already since I worked with several of you at some of these shops.

In the summer of 2019, I attended an Organizer boot camp put on by District Council 16 and in September of that year, I was chosen to become an Organizer.  I began my new journey and found myself being an apprentice once again.  I’ve learned and worked with men and women from all over the U.S. and Canada who are dedicated to our Union and the labor movement as a whole.  

I’ve had the opportunity to see what working conditions are like for painters and drywall finishers in states where there is little to no organized labor.  These experiences reinforced my belief in workers organizing and what it means to be a Union member.  That is why when I was asked if I wanted to step in at Local 83, I didn’t hesitate in agreeing to assist our members in a different capacity.   

I can’t wait to work with each and every one of you and I leave you with a final thought.  Each and everyone of you is an Organizer for DC 16 and Local 83.  When you are out at the grocery store, or your kids practice, wearing your Union swag and someone comes up to you and asks, “Hey, what’s a Local 83?”, you can tell them what I tell them: “it’s a place that has given me dignity, respect and a great life. Good wages, benefits, a chance to retire, and so much more.”  Take care and see you all at 6 PM the second Thursday of every month.

In Solidarity,

Carlos Flores

Local Union 83 Business Representative

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