Charlie grew up in the Jones & Laughlin Steel Town of Aliquippa, PA. He graduated from Aliquippa High School and was a football player for the Aliquippa Quips, which won championship 1991. His grandfather was a member of an AFL-CIO organization.
Charlie is the father of three daughters and two grandsons. He is a community advocate and supports several organizations that help with the development of children.
Programs like the Aliquippa Alumni Association that raise funds to support local youth with educational scholarships. He is also a supporter and volunteer at IAM Local 1725 community service programs that partner with local elementary schools to provide supplies during the years. The lodge also supplies meals to those in need for Thanksgiving and during the holiday season.
Charlie initiated into the IAM as a Fleet Service Agent for US Airways. He was elected Shop Steward in 2010 and served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council AFL-CIO from January 2013 to January 2018. He served as Vice President of the North Carolina AFL-CIO Executive Board and is currently the North Carolina State Council of Machinists Secretary-Treasurer.
Charlie’s training includes the completion of Leadership I, II, & III, Train the Trainer and Social Media 1 at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center.
He assisted with many organizing efforts, including the North Carolina State Council of Machinists, Southern Region national JELD-WEN Campaign and several airline campaigns.
Charlie was elected as the only delegate of the Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council to represent the interest of 50 local unions at the AFL-CIO National Convention in 2013. He received recognition for his organizing efforts from then-IAM Resident General Vice President Robert Martinez Jr. at the IAM Southern States Conference.
He has also been a strong advocate and supporter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Coalition of Black Trades Unionists.