Arkansas 965 | American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

AFSCME logoLocal 965 was founded Aug. 3, 1962, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and chartered Jan. 1. 1966. It represents public employees in the Arkansas counties of Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Madison, Marion, Newton, Searcy and Washington, excluding employees of the state Department of Correction .


  • Bret Schulte, President
  • Michael Pierce, Vice President
  • Stephen Boss, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Kelly Hammond, Recording Secretary
  • Betty Martin, past president, trustee
  • Ben Pollock, Communication Director, trustee
  • Ted Swedenburg, trustee
  • Bruce McNully, board member
  • Cynthia Nance, board member
  • George Markham, board member
Graphic for online petition to UA Living Wage Campaign
Click image to access an online petition supporting the University of Arkansas Living Wage Campaign, an adequate minimum wage for U of A employees. Also available is a PDF of the print petition for ink signatures.

Local 965 is a member of Arkansas State Council 38, James E. Nickels, executive director. It is a member of the Arkansas AFL-CIO, the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. We’d like to meet you, so sign up for our mailing list.

The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

To learn who your state legislators are, use the My Officials form, giving your home’s full street address where it indicates “Street” and the town in the City field.

Mailing address

Arkansas Public Employees Union
AFSCME Local 965
P.O. Box 2459
Fayetteville, AR 72702

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