Kevin Kistler, the former Pennsylvania state director of the AFL-CIO, is OPEIU’s Director of Organization and Field Services, a position he has held since 1998. This position enables the International to increase supervision of field representatives and communication with local unions.
Kistler brings more than 30 years of full-time union and political experience to the International. Prior to his position with the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Kistler served as a senior staff member at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., supervising servicing, state legislative and organizing activities.
Kistler began his union career in 1967 when he joined the Seafarers International Union while working in the engine department of a freighter. He later became a member of the Service Employees Organizing Committee while serving as a Washington, D.C. police officer.
In 1973, Kistler was appointed a representative of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International, where he was actively involved in organizing, bargaining and strike coordination. Two years later, he joined the AFL-CIO as a field representative, coordinating political and legislative activities.
Kistler has been an officer of numerous community organizations. He is also a member of the Founding Class of Maryland Leadership and former board member of Montgomery Leadership Corp. In 2009, Kistler received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award, one of the highest non-military honors bestowed upon American citizens.