Leaders in Action for Justice

Eric Szopacs

  • Healthcare Pennsylvania
  • Healthcare
If there were a leadership yearbook, what would your yearbook superlative be and why?

"Best Teacher" During the homecare campaign I taught a first time member who never came out before the ropes about door knocking and having conversations with other people. I believe that my prior experiences helped me teach her the best that I could and we both did very well. What made me feel better was that she actually told people that she learned a lot from me.

What is one of your proudest leadership moments during the past year and why? Feel free to share more than one.

Stepping up in absence of our chapter president while we had a rough negotiations process. It was really hard to help lead a big group of people while trying to fill a great leaders shoes because of my lack of experience in that area. But from the feedback I’ve received from most people I know I did the best I could and I know I gave over 100% so we could all achieve a great outcome. I truly believe It has made me a better leader in the scheme of things.

Looking ahead to this year, what do you want to be the next step in your development as a leader? How will that step help our movement for economic and racial justice?

I want to be the best chapter president that I can be. I want to be able to lead people better than what I can do now because management is trying to get one over on us and I want to be able to defend everyone to the best of my ability and help the labor movement make great improvements one shop at a time by starting in mine.