The Nebraska Association of Public Employees/AFSCME Local 61 represents over 8,000 government workers throughout the State of Nebraska. The union is made up eight bargaining units under its main contract agreement with the State of Nebraska, as well as units representing workers at the Nebraska Department of Education, State College System, and Richardson County Road District. The union is affiliated with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) which is made up of over 1.4 million active and retired members. NAPE is proud to affiliate with labor coalitions and strives to create a strong middle class.

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NAPE members are divided into ten geographic Districts by the county in which they work. Additionally members who work for State Colleges, Department of Education, and Richardson County Roads form their own districts. See the map to determine your district. See the individual district pages for district-specific information.

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Greater Lincoln District

Membership Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the Month – 5:30pm

Next Meeting: October 8, 2019 – Rosie’s Sports Bar – 1501 Center Park Rd., Lincoln – Free pizza will be served.

District Leadership:

President –  Scott Loos (Military)

Vice-President – Jeff Gillett (DAS)

Secretary/Treasurer – Deb Strudl (DHHS)

Sergeant-At-Arms -Eric Bachenberg (DHHS)

Delegates to the 2019-2021 Delegate Assembly: Scott Loos (Military), Deb Strudl (DHHS), Ryan McKay (Transportation), Jeff Gillett (DAS), Toni Bonsera (DHHS), Brian Wolesensky (DHHS), Gary Cave (DHHS)

Alternate Delegates to the 2019-2021 Delegate Assembly: Dave Hughes (Educational Telecommunications), Sharon Waters (Labor), Coralee Carver (DHHS), Eric Bachenberg (DHHS), Vicki Vossler (Game & Parks)

Greater Omaha District

Membership Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the Month – 6:00pm

Next Meeting: September 19, 2019 – Lansky’s – 4601 S. 50th Street., Omaha – Located at 50th and L Streets.

District Leadership:

President –  George Collins (NDOT, Omaha)

Vice-President – John Heeren (NDOT, Omaha)

Secretary/Treasurer – Paul Farrand (DHHS, Omaha)

Sergeant-At-Arms – Adam Johnson (DHHS, Fremont)

Delegates to the 2019-2021 Delegate Assembly: George Collings (NDOT), David Smith (DHHS), Paul Farrand (DHHS), Adam Johnson (DHHS), Riley Wilson (Labor)

Alternate Delegates to the 2019-2021 Delegate Assembly: Mike Garrean (NDOT), Chanda Parker (NDOT)

South Central District

Membership Meetings: Fourth Tuesday of the Month – 7:00pm

Next Meeting:  Tuesday, September 24, 2019 – Old Chicago Pizza – 115 S. 2nd Ave – Kearney

District Leadership:

President –  Robin Smith (DHHS)

Vice-President – Lindsey Eads (Veterans’ Affairs)

Delegates to the 2019 Delegate Assembly: Bob Czarnek (NDOT) & Seth Johnson (NDOT)

Niobrara/Ponca District

Next Meeting: TBA

District Leadership:

President –  Anna Greenberger (Veterans’ Affairs, Norfolk)

Vice-President – Juli Hansen (DHHS, Norfolk)

Delegates to the 2019-2021 Delegate Assembly: Anna Greenberger, Juli Hansen, Chelsey Mero

Southeast District

Next Meeting: TBA

District Leadership:

President –  Clayton Wells (Parole, Beatrice)

Vice-President – Rich Kerr (DHHS, Beatrice)

Secretary/Treasurer – Aaron Parde (DHHS, Beatrice)

Sergeant-At-Arms – Roger Girch (DHHS, Beatrice)

Delegates to the 2019-2021 Delegate Assembly: Clayton Wells, Rick Kerr, Roger Girch

Southwest District

Next Meeting: TBA

District Leadership:

President –  Ralph Quick (Electrical Division, Sutherland)

Vice-President – Bobbi Carpenter (DHHS, North Platte)

Secretary/Treasurer – Dennis O’Brien (DHHS, North Platte)

Sergeant-At-Arms – Kevin Petska (NDOT, North Platte)

Delegates to the 2019-2021 Delegate Assembly: Ralph Quick, Bobbi Carpenter

State Colleges District

Membership Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of the Month – Noon

Next Meeting: September 17, 2019 – Wayne State College – Gardner Hall – Room 115 (Peru & Chadron members can participate via video conference)

District Leadership:

President –  Tom Schmitz (Wayne State)

Vice-President – Rick Gathje (Wayne State)

Secretary/Treasurer – Cindy Schmitz (Wayne State)

Richardson County Roads District

Membership Meetings: As announced

Next Meeting: TBA

District Leadership:

President –  Bryan Dettmann

Vice-President -Randy Gilsdorf

Secretary/Treasurer – Vacant

Sergeant-At-Arms -Vacant


Are you a retired state employee? Even if you weren’t a NAPE member during your career, you are eligible for membership in our Retiree Chapter: AFSCME Local 161. For information, please click here to receive membership information.


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