Walthene Primus, President, Local 957: Walthene Primus was born in St. George, S.C., and moved to Brooklyn with her parents when she was 5 years old. She has been active in the labor movement for more than three decades. Her career as a civil servant began in 1977 at the New York City Housing Authority. She served the members of Housing Authority Clerical Employees Local 957 for almost 15 years as a shop steward before being elected president. Her first term on the DC 37 Executive Board began in 2002. As the recently appointed chairwoman of AFSCME's Women's Advisory Committee, Primus has now become a strong advocate for the rights of female workers. She is committed to ensuring that all women not only get respect on the job, but are also trained to become leaders.