Ernest R.

Ernest R. "Billy" Thompson

Director District 8

Ernest R. "Billy" Thompson is serving his sixth term as Director of District 8. He was first elected to that post in November 1997, then re-elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009, 2013 and 2017.

Thompson began working as a laborer at SKF Industries in Glasgow, Ky., in 1967, and in 1969 became a charter member of USW Local 7461 at SKF. He served the local in many positions, including two terms as president. He served as his local's representative to the area Central Labor Council, and was elected to the Kentucky AFL-CIO Executive Board, where he served for three terms. He also served as education program director for the University of Kentucky Center for Labor Education and Research.

Thompson was appointed to the USW International staff in 1977 and served as District 8 education coordinator for 16 years. He chairs negotiations with AK Steel, Ashland, Ky. and Newport News Shipbuilding.

Thompson has become widely known as "The Education Director." His strong commitment to service, educate, organize and mobilize in District 8 has resulted in unprecedented gains for District 8 membership.

Thompson earned a bachelor of arts degree in labor studies from the George Meany Center for Labor Studies and Antioch University.

The headquarters for District 8 is in Frankfort, Ky.

USW District 8
85 C. Michael Davenport Blvd, Suite B
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-875-3332 - Telephone
502-875-2917 - FAX

State(s): KY, MD, VA, WV