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Commissioner A.J. Starling

Secretary A.J. StarlingA.J. Starling's career in the Labor Movement began with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1235 in Nashville, Tennessee in 1971 as a bus operator. He was later elected to the union executive board and then as the Recording Secretary of Local 1235, where he served for 12 years.

While he was a bus operator, he received several awards including "Operator of the Year", "Perfect Attendance" and safe driving award for 18 years. A.J. also received a yearly award that was named in his and his supervisor Frank Brook's honor. The Brooks-Starling Award given annually to the operator who had gone above and beyond the call of duty. Before leaving as an operator, A.J. worked in numerous political campaigns with the Tennessee AFL-CIO and the National AFL-CIO.

In 1988, A.J. was selected by Tennessee AFL-CIO President Jim Neeley to serve as labor coordinator in the Technical Assistance Program where his responsibilities were to work with the Tennessee Department of Labor in the dislocated workers unit, assisting hundreds of people to get training and re-employment opportunities.

In 1990, A.J. was promoted to Director of Technical Assistance Program where he was responsible for the directing, planning and supervising of all phases and operations of thisprogram. Under A.J.'s direction, the program has increased from three to six employeesand now has a budget of nearly a half a million dollars.

In January 2003 he became the director of Political Affairs, A.J. is very involved in community and political activities. He is a member of the Workforce Investment Board (WIA#9), State of Tennessee Tax Structure Study Commission, a Red Cross board member, State President of the Asa Phillip Randolph Institute, a trustee of Westwood Baptist Church, Coach of the AAU Basketball Boys' ages 13-17. A.J. and his wife Marieta have been married for 27 years and have two sons, Jeff and Andrae.