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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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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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