Dec 5, 2013
CWA President Larry Cohen swears in Laura Reynolds as District 9 vice president.
Jim Weitkamp, who has led District 9 since January 2009, has stepped down as vice president and will retire Jan. 1, 2014.
At the CWA Executive Board this week, Laura Reynolds, assistant to Weitkamp since 2009, was sworn in as vice president.
Reynolds joined CWA Local 9400 (then Local 11500) on her first day on the job. She served the local as steward, area steward, assistant director, director of the AT&T Unit and vice president before being named a CWA staff representative in 1998. In January 2009, she was named assistant to Vice President Weitkamp. Reynolds supports building CWA through education and action; Weitkamp has praised the leadership and energy that Reynolds has shown on behalf of CWA members and working families.
CWA President Larry Cohen commended Weitkamp's lifetime of commitment to CWA members and our movement, adding, "The work you have done for nearly 40 years speaks for itself." Weitkamp first joined CWA Local 9505 after going to work for Pacific Bell in 1977, and served as first vice president and executive vice president. He was named to the CWA staff in 1988 and also served as Southern California Director. In 2004, he was named assistant to the former District 9 vice president, then became vice president in 2009.