Session III Speaker, Saturday, September 18
Kelly Trautner is a trade unionist who believes communities are safest when frontline workers have a seat at the table where decisions are made, advocating for themselves and the people they serve, a central precept to her work as director of the American Federation of Teachers’ Health Issues program. Kelly’s drive to empower workers began while representing an emergency nurse who was permanently disabled with respiratory illness due to failed equipment and protocol while caring for a patient transported from an explosion at a chemical plant. She has been honored for her contributions to the labor movement in her state and received the Ohio Nurses Association’s inaugural solidarity award, created in her name. Kelly holds a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School and is a licensed attorney.