Terence O'Sullivan

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Terence M. O’Sullivan

Terence O'Sullivan (born June 29, 1955) has served as President of the Laborers International Union of North America since Jan. 1, 2000.


O'Sullivan is a member of the Governing Board of Presidents of the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO. He guided the more than 500,000 collective bargaining members of LIUNA to the forefront of the labor movement, reshaping the Union into one of the fastest-growing, most aggressive and progressive unions in North America. Despite the decline in overall union membership in the U.S., LIUNA has shown steady and consistent growth.[1]


O'Sullivan joined LiUNA in 1974, becoming the General President of LIUNA on Jan. 1, 2000.[2] Before taking on the position of president, he as a Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager, and Assistant to the General President.[3]

Sinn Fein

O’Sullivan is a long-time, vocal supporter and activist for Sinn Fein to secure peace, justice and a united Ireland. He is Executive Vice President of D.C. Friends of Ireland and President of New York Friends of Ireland.[4]

Change to Win

O'Sullivan is on the Leadership Council of the Change to Win labor union federation.[5]


O’Sullivan is a current member of the Board of Directors of Ullico Inc. He also previously served as chairman and CEO of the union-focused insurance and financial services provider.[6]

America’s Agenda: Health Care for All

O'Sullivan serves on the Board of Directors of America’s Agenda: Health Care for All.[7]

Americans for Transportation Mobility

O'Sullivan is a member of the Management Committee of Americans for Transportation Mobility.[8]

West Virginia Laborers' Training Center

O'Sullivan has served as the Administrator of the West Virginia Laborers' Training Center.[9]

La Fuente

O'Sullivan is a Board Member ex officio of La Fuente, an organization working to organize labor and community partners around immigrant and worker rights issues.[10]

Apollo Alliance

In 2006, Terence O'Sullivan, served on the National Advisory Board of the Apollo Alliance.[11]

Netroots Nation

At the 2011 Netroots Nation conference the LIUNA sponsored a Fight Back for Good Jobs rally featuring LIUNA President Terry O’Sullivan, Van Jones, Sen. Ben Cardin, Rep. Keith Ellison, Rep. Tim Walz, Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and other political, business and community leaders.[12]

Fred Ross award campaign

In early 2013, mainly Democratic Socialists of America aligned activists, together with many elected officials across the United States came together to urge President Barack Obama to award posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the legendary organizer, Fred Ross, Sr.. The Saul Alinsky trained radical was the first to organize people through house meetings, a mentor to both Cesar Chavez and DSAer Dolores Huerta, and a pioneer in Latino voter outreach since 1949 when he helped elect Communist Party USA affiliate Ed Roybal as Los Angeles’s first Latino council member, "Ross’ influence on social change movements remains strong two decades after his death in 1992".

Endorsers of the proposal included Terry O'Sullivan.[13]

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