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Ray Waldron has been involved in the labor movement for over thirty years, starting as a member of the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers. He represented his union for a number of years before moving on to the Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, an umbrella organization for the construction unions in the city. During his twenty-two years he also became the President of the Minnesota State Building and Construction Trades Council, a statewide office that represented ten local councils, over one-hundred unions with a membership of 70,000 workers. He was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the Minnesota AFL-CIO in 1999, was elected President in 2001 and served in that office until he retired in 2010. The Federation represents over 1,000 unions with a combined membership of over 350,000 workers. Ray studied economics and public policy at the Minneapolis Community College and the University of Minnesota. He also completed the Harvard Trade Union program at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.

Ray has been instrumental in supporting MAPL's Labor Concentration program.