Kansas State AFL-CIO

Officers and Staff

Andy came on-board in September of 2006 and brings an extensive union background. Prior to coming to the KS AFL-CIO, Andy spent 9 years with the Ks Association of Public Employees (KAPE), an affiliate of AFT and the AFL-CIO. While at KAPE, Andy served as a AFT Project Field Rep Organizer, Director of Labor Relations, and Executive Director. Before that, Andy worked in the electrical trade industry for 17 years and served as the Training Director of the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee for the I.B.E.W. Local Union #226. He is a past member of the National Electrical Training Director's Association. Andy started his young adult working career and was first exposed to the benefits of unions at the United Parcel Service (U.P.S.). Further, Andy was a registered business agent in his tenure at KAPE and served on numerous committees while at KAPE.  He has served on the board for the Topeka Federation of Labor, the Greater Topeka United Way Board, the Long Range Transportation Advisory Committee, the Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority (TMTA) Board, the Ks Action Network (KAN) board, the Employment Security Advisory Council, the United Way Financial Stability Impact Council and the Ks Coalition for Workplace Safety. Contact Andy at:  andy.sanchezs-t@swbell.net

Brother Tunnell began his full time career with the Kansas AFL-CIO in November of 2009. Bruce moved to Wichita in 1984 from Cincinnati Ohio where he was a laid off Teamster. Shortly after moving to Wichita Bruce went to work at Kansas Gas Service which is represented by the United Steel Workers (USW) Local 13417. Bruce was appointed to the position of Hall Guide and to the negotiating committee in 1985 and was elected President of Local 13417 in 1988 and served as President until coming to work for the Kansas AFL-CIO. Since coming to the Kansas AFL-CIO, Bruce has been elected President of the Kansas Coaltion for Workplace Safety (KCWS).  The KCWS is working for all of the working people in Kansas to help pass legislation for better worker's compensation benefits.  Brother Tunnell has moved to Topeka and says he now calls Kansas his home and is proud to be in a postion to help the working people of Kansas.  Contact Bruce at: btunnell123@swbell.net

Laura has been with the KS AFL-CIO since March, 2014, and is responsible for carrying out the administrative duties for the organization. She is a Graduate of Washburn University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. Her previous management experience helps guide the daily operations of the office that range from data input, book keeping, record keeping, mailings, database management to conventions, conferences, committee and other function arrangements.


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