Clyde Rivers, who served as Association President from 2001 to 2005, represents CSEA on the AFL-CIO Executive Council. Rivers also served as a member of the California Labor Federation Executive Board from 2001-2014.
In 2001, Rivers led CSEA members in the union’s decision to join the AFL-CIO in 2001. CSEA operated as an independent union from 1927 until 2001 when CSEA members voted to accept an independent charter and join the 13 million-member AFL-CIO. In 2004, CSEA members voted to also join the California Labor Federation (CLF) becoming one of its largest units. CLF represents 2.1 million workers.
He was honored by the AFL-CIO with the “Eye on the Prize” Labor Award at a 2005 convention commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Rivers, a post production manager at KCSM-TV, retired in 2006 after working for the San Mateo County Community College District since 1968. He holds a degree in Business Administration from San Jose State University, and a California teaching credential.
Rivers served CSEA at both the state and local level as an association officer. In his term as Association President he led the union to the forefront of state and national politics. He championed the fight to protect SB 1419’s contracting safeguards and preserve retirement security for classified employees.