Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO

Council President

Council President

Patrick J. Eiding


A leader in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania labor movement, Pat Eiding is active in many civic, charitable and government affairs. Prior to being elected President of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO in January 2002, Eiding served for over 25 years as Business Manager of the Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local 14 covering Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.


Eiding has risen through the ranks of leadership throughout his career. His union leadership roles include serving as past President of the Asbestos Workers Middle Atlantic States Conference, and past President of the Mechanical Trades Council in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Philadelphia Building Trades Council, as a member of the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, and as the Northeast Regional representative to the National AFL-CIO General Board.

In addition to his duties within the AFL-CIO, Eiding represents organized labor on a number of civic boards. He is the co-chairman of  PALM; sits on the Board of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania; serves on the Executive Committee of Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board (WIB); as a Commissioner of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA); and a member of the Philadelphia Planning Commission.

Eiding is also very involved in the community through a variety of charitable organizations. His favorite charity is the Asbestos Workers Mesothelioma Fund which he helped to develop in 1992 in an agreement between the Insulators union and contractos.  The Fund has raised close to $2 million for Fox Chase since its inception.

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