Meet The Team
Andrea Hunter began her United Steelworkers (USW) Local 1299 Union leadership career as Civil Rights Representative in 2010, then became elected to the position of Treasurer in 2012 which she served two terms. In 2018 she became the 1st African-American woman to be elected President at USW Local 1299. She is also the 1st Afro-American woman elected President in the basic steel sector of the United Steelworkers union. As an amalgamated local leader, she has successfully negotiated 4 contracts within a year of her first term as President. President Hunter successfully began her second term as USW Local Union President in April of 2021.
I am a lifelong Detroiter, a graduate of Cass Tech HS (Chem-Bio Curriculum) and Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in biology, and a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. I love playing tennis, golf, and basketball. Darwin is currently authoring a book on interpersonal relationships with others and with God.
Fun Fact: He loves to scuba dive and answer trivia questions. Being on the TV Game Show Jeopardy is on his bucket list... wish him luck!
Chettara Hunter (LTA/PPA)
Chettara Hunter is a freelance photographer in Detroit, Wayne State University graduate, and sister of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated. Chettara developed an Interactive Anti-Hazing Workshop that is shown on various Michigan campuses; she also developed programs, raised funds, and actively participates in the following causes: Lupus Awareness, Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness, Suicide Prevention, and Breast Cancer Research. Hunter actively volunteers at Children’s Hospital where her goal after being diagnosed with Lupus at the age of sixteen is to show the kids there, that no matter what ailment they have, if they fight and stay strong, they can accomplish all their dreams. Chettara is currently working on building a brand of gourmet dog treats and training her puppy to be a Therapy Dog.
FUN FACT: Chettara belongs to the Slytherin House and is currently the Seeker on her Quidditch team.
Sgt. At Arms
Dorethea Brown-Maxey (NABET-CWA)
Dorethea Brown-Maxey is the President of NABET-CWA Local 43 (National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians). She represents broadcast engineers and operation technicians from WDIV TV/ Local 4 and WJBK/FOX 2 in Detroit and Southfield Michigan. She is the first female President of Local 43 and has held this office for 9 years. Dorethea has been a member of NABET-CWA Local 43 for over 25 years. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Dorethea, is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she majored in Multimedia Communications and African American Studies. She is currently a News Editor and Camera Operator at WDIV Local 4, an NBC affiliate.
Ghana Goodwin-Dye (UAW)
Ghana Goodwin-Dye proud mother of four children and a proud Grandmother of three grandchildren. She has been a resident of Southfield, Michigan for 33 years. She retired from UAW-General Motors after 34.5 years and started a new career with the University of Michigan Center for Labor and Community Studies as an Education Specialist/ Coordinator.
She started her career at General Motors in 1985 working in production on the assembly line and later gaining her Journeyman’s card as an Electrician after completing a four-year apprentice in 3.5 years. She has an Associates degree in Business Administration and currently working on a Bachelors. She became involved with her union though standing committees’ structure and volunteering for union and community activities. She was on the Women’s committee, Union label committee, election committee and Community service committee. She gained knowledge of the union and its purpose through the involvement on these committees and from the brothers and sisters she worked with.
Jim Pedersen (UAW)
Jim Pedersen is a retired autoworker from UAW Local 892 in Saline, Michigan, where he rose through the ranks to President. Pedersen was placed on the staff of the International UAW in 1998 and served in the Education and National C.A.P. Departments in Taylor and Detroit. His political history includes Chairing the Jackson County and 2nd, 6th, and 15th District Democrats. Pedersen’s second career was at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Center for Labor and Community Studies, where he was the Program Coordinator for labor studies conferences, such as the annual Black Men In Unions, Women Workers, Latino Workers, and Young Workers Conferences. He also got in front of the classroom, leading discussions on Grievance Handling, Collective Bargaining, and Local Union Administration. Pedersen quit that job in January 2020, built a house, and moved to Cassopolis, Michigan, where he has immersed himself in the schools, social and public life of that historic and diverse community.
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