2022 Crystal Globe Award Recipients

Presented in order of appearance.

Rob Feckner
Vice President, CalPERS

Rob is serving his sixth term on the CalPERS Board of Administration. He served as president of the board from 2005 through 2017. He has worked for the Napa Valley Unified School District for the past 43 years where he is currently employed as a glazing specialist.

He has also worked as a school bus driver and instructional assistant for special needs students. Rob has successfully completed certificate programs from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, including the Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy for both pension and health administration. He also completed the Stanford Fiduciary College program and is a graduate of the Trustees Masters Program.

He is a past president and life member of the California School Employees Association, past executive vice president of the California Labor Federation and a two-time member of the Napa County Civil Grand Jury.

Eric Dean
General President, Ironworkers

Eric is the general president of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. Born and raised in Chicago, Eric followed three previous generations of his family into the trade by joining Ironworkers Local Union 63.

He has held offices at the local level, was an apprentice instructor for the International and served as general organizer, general vice president, general secretary and now general president. As general president, Eric represents North America’s 130,000 union Ironworkers on the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO and the Governing Board of Presidents of North America’s Building Trades Unions.

He is married to Judy, father of three and grandfather to six.

Fred Redmond
Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Fred is the secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO. On June 13, 2022, he was unanimously elected to the position as the highest ranking African American officer in the history of America’s labor movement. He was first elected to this position by the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Aug. 20, 2021.

He filled the vacancy of the executive vice president position from March to June 2022 and has served on the federation’s Executive Council since 2008. Fred has served on the boards of directors of Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO; TransAfrica Forum; the Workers Defense League; the National Endowment for Democracy; the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and Interfaith Worker Justice.

Since 2007, he has served as chair of the board of directors of the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

Highlights from the 2022 Crystal Globe Awards & Summit