Frank Hurt was elected president of the International Union at the
General Executive Board (GEB) meeting on March, 13, 1992, to succeed
retiring President John DeConcini. Hurt first took office on October
1, 1992. He was elected to his first full term as International
President at the union's 34th Constitutional Convention in 1994 and
has been re-elected at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Conventions.
From September 1991 to his election as president, Hurt served as International
Secretary-Treasurer. His service as secretary-treasurer followed a 13-month
term as the union's executive vice president, a position which he was
elected during a special meeting of the GEB in Washington, D.C., in
In September 1982, then International President John DeConcini appointed
Hurt as director of organization, a position he held until his election
as executive vice president. Prior to 1982, Hurt served as an international
representative, based in Columbus, Ohio, and covered Region II (the
Hurt began his
union tenure in 1956 as member of the United Auto Workers. During his
14-year membership with the UAW, Hurt served as a shop steward. He has
also been a member of the Teamsters and the Electrical Workers.
In March 1972, Hurt joined the ranks of B&C Local 57 (Columbus,
Ohio) as an employee at Kroger Bakery. In February 1975, he became the
local union's business agent. He joined the international union staff
on July 1, 1979.
On February 18, 1993, Hurt was elected to the AFL-CIO Executive Council,
a seat he continues to hold as a federation vice president.
On April 18, 1997, he was elected to serve a five-year term as president
of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant,
Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF), based in Geneva,
Switzerland. (The IUF is a world-wide federation of 321 organizations
in 111 countries, representing 27 million workers employed in those
industries. It is one of 15 sector-wide trade secretariats linking workers
and unions from around the world.) He served as IUF president until 2002.
A native of Marfrance, West Virginia, Hurt is married and has three
sons and five grandchildren.
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