Director of Collective Bargaining, UFCW International Union
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Milton is director of collective bargaining for the 1.3 million-member UFCW International Union. He has served the International Union for nearly 30 years and has been a labor activist for more than 40 years.
He began his career with Kroger in Florence, Ala., where he worked as courtesy clerk when he was in high school. After graduating, he served four years in the U.S. Navy before returning to Kroger. In 1986, he became a steward after transferring to a Kroger store in Nashville and served as a VOC (now a SPUR) with Local 1557 (now Local 1995).
In 1990, he joined the UFCW International in Atlanta, Ga., working as an organizer, general organizer and international representative. He made his way up the ranks, and in the past 15 years he has served as executive assistant to the regional director of Region 2 in Philadelphia; assistant and executive assistant to the international organizing director; and executive assistant to the international collective bargaining director in Washington, D.C.
In 2015, he was promoted to director of Region 5 (Southern) and elected an international vice president. In June 2018, he was promoted to director of national bargaining. In April 2019, he was elected executive vice president of the UFCW.