Eric is a hands-on National President. Elected as CPL President in 2013, he brings more than nineteen (19) years of AFGE membership and experience to the organization.  He is encompassed with the overall responsibility of overseeing more than 30K bargaining unit personnel in the United States, and the US Territory of Puerto Rico.  Eric incorporates a strong sense of unionism with an unflagging dedication to AFGE and the Council of Prison Locals.  CPL is the most organized council within AFGE. 

National President Young’s work put him in contact with local elected leaders who serve on the front lines at the institutions.  He assists regularly, in labor management relations disputes and arbitrations.  Eric plays many roles in the Council as an advocate, trainer, organizer, negotiator, and lobbyist.  Before becoming National President, Eric served in the position of southeast regional vice-president from 2007-2013.  He also culminated in positions locally, before serving as the president of AFGE Local 501 from 2000 - 2007; where he represented more than 200 active and retired members.  

Eric has bargained collective bargaining agreements, arbitrated numerous cases successfully as a local and national figure.  He continues to play a vital role for the CPL, and oversees the Council's national office and its employees.  Eric's vision is to ensure local union leaders are highly trained and motivated to ensure they are taking care of our most valuable resource of the agency, its employees.