Community Services Coordinator
David Mitchell is a senior employee (in more ways than one) of ULA, having worked here since 2003.
A graduate of both the University of Connecticut and Manchester Community College (in that order) he worked for the State of Connecticut as a Management Analyst for thirty three years before being laid off along with 3000 other state employees in January of 2003. His service to the people of Connecticut was as a Management Analyst in the Departments of Labor, Environmental Protection and the Office of Policy and Management.
While employed by the State he also served eleven years as the Chief Steward for the Administrative and Residual Employees Union AFT, AFL-CIO. While in that capacity, he directed a group of 65 union stewards who served the 3,200 members of the Local.
“The issues of worker’s needs and rights have always been of interest and concern to me” he said recently. “I am very proud of having received the Special Service Award from the Federation of Public Employees AFT AFL-CIO for “…outstanding service… which had advanced the cause of public employees across the nation”.
As a Vocational Counselor and Community Services Coordinator, David has worked mainly in ULA’S Middletown office having also spent some time in our Hartford office. He particularly enjoys: preparing clients for job search and interviews, writing resumes, and counseling clients around Unemployment Compensation issues.
Recently he has been an integral part of services ULA renders to Bureau of Rehabilitation Services consumers.
David says “As a Vocational Counselor assisting people with job search, nothing was better than a bookended week. By that I mean, a client coming into the office on a Monday saying “I got that job” followed, on Friday, by another client coming in to say the same thing”.
He is a certified AFL-CIO Union Counselor and a member of the CT Chapter of Labor Assistance Professionals in addition to being a longtime and rabid fan of UConn basketball, both the men’s and women’s teams.