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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.

Current Topic


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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

Coming Soon!


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Recent Topics


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?


03/14 - Louisiana and The Minimum Wage

Should Louisiana develop its own minimum wage?

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