Meet your candidates:


The last contested election at Local 73 was over thirty years ago.

The International wanted to keep out-of-state trustees in power and tried to keep us off the ballot for a no-contest election, but we fought and won the right for you to choose your leaders in a contested, democratic election!

Our slate is composed entirely of rank-and-file members, just like you!

Elect the leaders who will fight for you, not the international!

Starting October 2nd, the Local 73 election committee will mail every eligible member a voting ballot.

Please be sure to read the instructions carefully and vote for Members Leading Members Slate!

You have two weeks to mail in your ballot, or your vote will not be counted!

We stand for:

  • Negotiating strong contracts

  • Fighting for members’ rights in arbitration

  • Educating and empowering members

  • Fiscal responsibility

  • Political engagement

  • Returning members’ phone calls in a prompt manner, and thoroughly answering members’ questions

  • Organizing new members!



Remzi Jaos, the leader of Members Leading Members and candidate for President of Local 73, has fought for members for over 27 years.

As the Higher-Ed Division Director, he has negotiated 19 master contracts with wage increases ranging from 3% to 30% per year.

For the past 10 years, Remzi grew the Higher-Ed Division at Local 73 from 2,600 members to over 4,000 members by negotiating residual titles into existing contracts, resulting in thousands of members gaining higher wages and collective bargaining rights.

His mission is to hire the best representatives possible and give all the members of Local 73 the same opportunity: stronger contracts, higher wages, and solid representation.

  • Remzi Jaos conducted the first strike in Local 73 in over 30 years with UIC professionals, resulting in higher wages for over 800 members.

  • Remzi also negotiated contracts for city colleges, University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Argonne National Laboratories, Governor State University, as well as first contracts for Loyola and the University of Chicago faculty.

Make sure to vote for the Members Leading Members slate when you get your mail-in ballot in October.

Who Is Running

VPs at Large

Denise Hunter

Gloria Alvarez

Alice Nowicki

Summer Alexander

Merle Herren

Executive Board Members

Mike Stojak

Ron Dube

James Gahagan

Rick Pratl

Dianna Avila

Justus Fortado

Mike Wilkes

Bogumila Roginska

Kevin Maley

Lester Coney

Denise Daniels

Mark Yates