Michael Seville

Michael Seville - AFSCME Council 57 Executive Director
Executive Director
(510) 577-9694

Michael joined Council 57 after almost 15 years of working in a variety of positions within the Labor Movement. Michael grew up in Tehachapi, CA, in Kern County. From a young age, he was drawn to the power of collective action and the great opportunities that unions provide for their members and families. His first job at a union was with IFPTE Local 21 in San Francisco, where he worked as a researcher, honing his analytical skills while developing a deep understanding of government budgets and employment practices. After a short while, he was promoted to serve as Political and Policy Director, where he created a large network throughout Northern California, working with elected officials, community leaders and other labor leaders to strengthen the rights for all working people.

Michael then went to law school, worked for the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic, and received the American Bar Association award for Excellence in his study of labor and employment law. He then opened his own labor law practice, and he represented a large cross-section of unions throughout the Bay Area, including the San Francisco Building Trades during negotiations and arbitration. After practicing law for some time, Michael went back to IFPTE Local 21 and served as a Senior Representative in San Jose, working to build strong relationships between Local 21 and AFSCME Local 101. He was then promoted to Director of Research, Education and Communications, where he worked on building a strong capacity within the union for critical services for its membership. Michael most recently served as Executive Director of Oregon AFSCME Council 75.