Doug Moore, Executive Director of the 91,000-member UDW Homecare Providers Union and an International Vice President of AFSCME, has an outstanding record of success spanning more than 30 years in building and energizing member-driven unions.
He began his labor career in 1980 as a rank-and-file member of CWA, becoming a shop steward and, eventually, president of CWA Local 9586 in Santa Fe Springs, CA. He subsequently worked for SEIU as an international representative before becoming Ohio State Director for the national AFL-CIO, where he was responsible for AFL-CIO programs for more than one million members.
After being recruited by AFSCME and serving as Regional Field Administrator and Assistant Regional Director, Doug assisted in negotiating an agreement and helped build a 20,000-strong, member-driven union– AFSCME Local 3299. He also created the first statewide Executive Board structure for the new local and developed a strong member activist program for the local.
In 2005, Doug was appointed Deputy Administrator of UDW. His dynamic leadership helped to rebuild UDW from the ground up and make it the largest AFSCME local in California. Because of his efforts, the UDW Executive Board appointed Doug Moore in February 2008 as Executive Director, with full responsibility for managing UDW activities, budget and staff.
In his acceptance speech to the UDW Executive Board, Doug said: “From county board to county board, we will send a clear message that homecare providers matter. We demand to be treated with dignity and respect! We are not second-class citizens and we will fight to end the classism, sexism and racism that we see every day from those elected board in our counties… We will do this the old-fashioned way: Organize, organize, and organize! Because when we fight, we win!”
In 2009 he was selected as Labor Leader of the Year by the San Diego/Imperial Counties Labor Council. In selecting Moore for its top award, the Labor Council made particular note of his efforts to reach out to and engage hundreds of diverse community leaders and groups throughout San Diego County. “He has created bridges to community partners for the entire labor movement, providing a conduit for organizing and political success,” they said.
In 2010, Doug was one of the key labor leaders in the historic “March for California’s Future,” a 48-day, 350-mile march from Bakersfield to the State Capitol in Sacramento designed to show public support for: Quality public education and public service for every Californian, a government and economy that serves all citizens, and a fair tax system to fund California’s future. He also led the campaign to place term limits on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, a ballot measure that passed with over 70% approval by voters.
Doug has long recognized the importance of viewing the labor movement as a part of a broader movement for social change and economic justice. In 2014, he traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to march with the community and stand up against racism and oppression in the wake of Mike Brown’s death. He also urged the labor community to do the same, saying, “In this moment we must decide whether we’ll watch from a distance and make an official statement, or get on the ground and get to work. None of us can afford to sit this one out.”
Doug is a strong progressive advocate in the fight to strengthen working families and our communities. And in September 2015, he became a member of progressive organization Courage Campaign’s executive board.
Doug is proud of his efforts to endorse and support Dr. Shirley Weber to the California State Assembly. Dr. Weber was the first African-American from San Diego to be elected to this position. Later on, Doug played a key role in the election of the first African-American woman to the San Diego City Council–former UDW staff member Myrtle Cole. He also supported another UDW staff member, Bao Nguyen, in his mayoral campaign, and in 2015, Nguyen became the first Vietnamese mayor of Garden Grove, CA.
When he was honored by the Orange County Labor Federation as Labor Leader of the Year in 2015, he again urged his fellow labor leaders to get involved in the broader social justice movement. “We need to band together with others in our community who are facing similar injustices – income inequality and attacks on fundamental rights and dignity…No one is equal until we are all equal.”
Doug is also a 32nd Degree Master Mason.