Local 517M Staff and Offices

Local 517M has a full-time staff of experienced and highly-skilled contract negotiators, labor relations specialists, political coordinator, and support staff.  Click on the names to send an e-mail to that person.  Individual duties are listed below.

Lansing Office: (517) 482-1737, 1026 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI  48912

Jeremy Tripp – Executive Director

David Corrie – Information Services Coordinator/Scientific and Engineering PDF Coordinator/Technical Unit Tuition Reimbursement Coordinator/Member Benefits

Howard Gordon – Scientific and Engineering Senior Labor Relations Specialist

Kevin Karpinski – Technical Unit Senior Labor Relations Specialist

Olivia Toretta – Office Manager


Detroit Office – Human Services Support Division: (313) 456-2911, P.O. Box 02310, Detroit, MI  48202


Saginaw Office (School and Local Government Division Region 1): (989) 797-4243, 1420 S. Michigan Ave., Saginaw, MI  48602

Clint Bryant – Labor Relations Specialist

Andrea Valerio – Administrative Assistant/COPE/Membership Dues


School and Local Government Division Region 2:

Christine Stressman – Senior Labor Relations Specialist (616) 696-2141

Andy Johnson – Labor Relations Specialist (269) 978-1994


School and Local Government Division Region 3: (313) 314-6511, P.O. Box 02310, Detroit, MI  48202

Dominic Barbato – Labor Relations Specialist

State Employee Classification Issues– Kevin Karpinski, Janice Cosey, Howard Gordon
Information Services (Webmaster, Communications, IT Functions, Facilities, Information Management) – David Corrie

COPE Reports and Financial Documents – Olivia Toretta

Labor Relations/Grievance Issues, Arbitrations
State Employee Division:
Scientific and Engineering Unit – Howard Gordon
Technical Unit – Kevin Karpinski
Human Services Support Unit – Janice Cosey
School and Local Government Division:
Region 1 – Dominic Barbato, Clint Bryant
Region 2 – Andy Johnson, Christine Stressman
Region 3 – Howard Gordon, Kevin Karpinski, Dominic Barbato, Clint Bryant
(Contract Questions, Departmental Policies, Grievance Activities, Health Care Concerns, Health & Safety Issues, Personnel Problems)

Membership Dues – Andrea Valerio

Membership Services – Olivia Toretta

Mileage/Expense Reimbursement, Payroll – Olivia Toretta

Payroll, Financial Reports, International Reports – Olivia Toretta

Professional Development Fund/Tuition Reimbursement
Human Services Support Unit – Janice Cosey
Scientific and Engineering Unit – David Corrie
Technical Unit – David Corrie

Use of Funds – Jeremy Tripp

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