Our Officers

President

Daniel Reynolds

Dan has been serving as President of the National Federation of Public and Private Employees since 2003. Prior to assuming that office he served as the elected Secretary-Treasurer of the National Federation of Public & Private Employees since 1994. His work with the Federation of Public Employees began in 1985. He is also President of the Broward County AFL-CIO elected to that position in 1995 by the delegates representing over sixty local union affiliates.

Dan is a native of Florida, whose family roots in Florida date to the early 1800’s. He served in the U.S. Navy as a surgical technician during the early 1970’s. After leaving the Navy, he attended the University of Florida, and spent two years of directed study in economics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. While in Poland, he witnessed the birth and rise of the Solidarity trade union movement.

Dan is a journeyman carpenter and a former member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters. As a union carpenter he has engaged in construction job site organizing.

He has worked extensively with numerous unions, community, consumer and political organizations as a consultant in the areas of organizing, special projects, corporate investigation and legislative affairs. Most recently he was serving as the Executive Director for the Federation of Public Employees, prior to that Dan worked for ten years as the Director of Political Action for the Broward Teachers Union.

Dan has served on numerous boards including; The Transportation Trades Dept. Executive Board of the National AFL-CIO, Florida AFL-CIO Executive Council, National AFL-CIO President’s Advisory Council, The Broward County Housing and Finance Authority, Broward Workforce Development Board, Seafarers House and the Board of the Broward County United Way.

Secretary-Treasurer

Mike D. Payne

Mike D. Payne has built a solid reputation as a proud, loving, and devoted father, a strong union and community leader, a trusted and highly respected political activist, and generous supporter of various youth organizations..

Mr. Payne, who is known by all as “Mike D” serves as Regional Director of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and National Vice President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. He serves on the National AFL-CIO Civil & Women’s Rights Committee, Trustee of the Broward County AFL-CIO, Vice Chair of the Florida NAACP, Labor & Industry Committee, and Board member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislator’s “Labor Roundtable”. In June of 2023, he was unanimously elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Florida AFL-CIO, thereby officially becoming the highest ranking African American in the state of Florida’s organized labor movement.

Mr. Payne is the most well-known and prominently recognized Longshoreman and Dockworker representative in the state of Florida. He is the co-founder of the Florida Maritime Leadership Coalition and founder of the International Longshoremen’s Association Florida Ports Council. In 2009, Mr. Payne became the first African American and only Longshoreman to serve as a member of the Florida Seaports Security Standards Advisory Council; appointed by then Florida Governor, Charlie Crist. His appointment and advocacy helped facilitate a return to work for thousands of previously disenfranchised dockworkers across the state. Mike D is a graduate of Leadership Broward (Class XXV) and holds life memberships in Leadership Florida, the African American Research Library & Cultural Center (AARLCC), and the NAACP.

Mr. Payne was elected President of Longshoremen’s Local #1526 in 2007, becoming the youngest person ever to serve in that position. In 2008, he competently led Local #1526 through the worst economic downturn and financial decline since the Great Depression by securing the largest increase in jobs, wages, man-hours, and safety standards in Local #1526’s 71-year history. He continues to represent the Longshoremen’s Union statewide as their Ranking Wage Scale Delegate and Senior Negotiator. He presided as Chairman of the Friends of Children organization from 2006-2012, and President of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Broward County Inc. from 2010-2019. In 2019, Mr. Payne joined the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild and became a proud member of WPNG TNG/CWA Local 32035.

Mr. Payne has been the recipient of numerous commendations, proclamations, awards and acknowledgments for his work on behalf of organized labor, civil rights, and social justice. He has maintained a tireless focus on assisting troubled youth to work past prior mistakes and make something of themselves. He has received the “Labor Leader of the Year Award” a remarkable 7 times; notably, in 2014 from the NAACP Florida State Conference and in 2012 from the National Black Caucus of State Legislator’s National Labor Roundtable (a national organization of lawmakers representing over 50 million Americans). His most recent acknowledgments are being awarded the “Leadership” Award and the “Award of Distinction” from the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists in 2023.

Mr. Payne’s unwavering belief is that union members must stay actively involved in their communities; stating: “If Unions are truly about UNITY, then that’s exactly what we as union members should be bringing back into our communities… Working People UNITED, can NEVER be Defeated!!!”