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Julie Cherry
Secretary-Treasurer Louisiana AFL-CIO

Julie Cherry, a native Baton Rougean, was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Louisiana AFL-CIO in March of 2006. Prior to her employment at the AFL-CIO, she was a teacher in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, and president of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers.

She holds a degree in Music Education from Louisiana State University, and is certified to teach music and mathematics. While employed in the school system, she was active in teacher quality issues, serving as a mentor for new teachers, and becoming a mentor trainer for the school system, as well as participating in several Louisiana Systemic Initiatives projects designed to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science.

She monitors healthcare issues for the AFL-CIO, and is on the Louisiana Healthcare Commission.

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04/16 - Opiates & the Bayou State

How is Louisiana tackling this serious addiction epidemic?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?

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