About CESO

Long time professional labor advocate, Mr. Harold Ammond formed the concept of CESO in 1967. Mr. Ammond had already served the labor world for several years when he went on to serve for many years as the president of the Association of Scientists and Professional Engineering Personnel (ASPEP) who worked for the RCA Corporation at the time.

In 1967, ASPEP had its third strike against RCA and Harold became aware that there was a lack of information on the problems facing professional unions. Harold traveled the nation to visit similar unions to communicate over the common problems and issues that vexed professional unions. In 1968, union leaders met in Florida and they established the Council of Engineers and Scientists Organization (CESO) as a loose federation of independent unions. The first CESO meeting was held in San Francisco in March 1969. CESO was established as a non-profit, mutual benefit association in California in 1970.


The Council of Engineers & Scientists Organizations (CESO) is an organization of member unions which represent employees in professional and technical fields. CESO's purpose is to be an effective advocate for issues affecting the engineering and scientific communities, and to serve as a forum for unions representing professional & technical employees.


  1. To act as an advocate in Washington, D.C. for issues affecting engineering, scientific, technical & other professional employees.
  2. Exchange data and other information among the member unions.
  3. Recruit additional member unions.
  4. Encourage unionization of professional & technical employees.
  5. Build coalitions with other groups and advocate for common issues.

Below are listed the current CESO member unions and the companies, universities, or governmental units where they represent employees:


Aerospace Professional Staff Association (APSA)

Since 1974, APSA has represented the non-supervisory members of the technical staff at the Aerospace Corporation.  APSA is the national organization of the employees of The Aerospace Corporation, representing approximately 1,600 engineers and scientists in 11 states at 20 locations.

For more information about APSA, contact Mr. James Bockman, james.f.bockman@aero.org

Aerospace Professional Staff Association (APSA)
PO Box 248
Hawthorne, CA 90251-0248

Phone:  +1 (310) 336-0594

APSA Website:  http://www.apsatalk.org


Association of Scientists and Professional Engineering Personnel (ASPEP)

ASPEP represents employees of Lockheed Martin and L-3 Communication Systems scientists and engineers in the Camden, Cherry Hill and Moorestown, New Jersey area.  ASPEP is a founding member of CESO dating back to 1969.

For more information about ASPEP, contact Mr. Joe Grabowksi, joe_aspep@comcast.net

Association of Scientists and Professional Employees Personnel (ASPEP)
1236 Brace Road, Suite G
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-3229

Phone:  +1 (856) 616-8812
Facsimile:  +1 (856) 616-8814

ASPEP Website:  http://www.aspep.com


International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE Local 12)

IFPTE Local 12 represents employees working at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and the Intermediate Maintenance Facility in Bremerton, Washington.  IFPTE Local 12 is a non-partison, pro-labor organization that protects employee benefits, rights, jobs, and provides a collective voice.

For more information about IFPTE Local 12, contact Ms. Christy Wulf, +1 (360) 440-4809

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, Local 12 (IFPTE Local 12)
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility
1400 Farragut Avenue, Building 850, 3rd Floor
P.O. Box 287
Bremerton, WA 98337-0060

Phone:  +1 (360) 476-4334
Facsimile:  +1 (360) 479-0934

IFPTE 12 Website:  http://www.ifpte12.org


Minnesota Government Engineers Council (MGEC)

The Minnesota Government Engineers Council (MGEC) has been representing Michigan state government engineers and related technical personnel since 1968.

For more information about MGEC, contact Mr. Dana Wheeler, dana.wheeler@mgec.org

Minnesota Government Engineers Council (MGEC)
5874 Blackshire Path
Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-1621

Phone:  +1 (651) 774-0996 
Facsimile:  +1 (651) 774-9576

MGEC Website:  http://www.mgec.org


Michigan Public Employees- Service Employees International Union Local 517M (MPE-SEIU Local 517M)

The Michigan Public Employees/SEIU Local 517M is a full service, fast-growing, membership-driven union dedicated to providing excellent representation for public employees throughout the State of Michigan.  The Michigan Public Employees, SEIU Local 517M is a statewide union with over 10,000 public employee members in all 83 counties in Michigan.

SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is a 2 million member union with over 1 million public employee members. In 2000, SEIU became the largest International Union in North America and in 2008 SEIU became the first 2 million member union.

Michigan Public Employees - Service Employees International Union Local 517M (MPE-SEIU Local 517M)
1026 East Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48912-1809

Phone:  +1 (517) 482-1737 
Facsimile:  +1 (517) 482-7870

MPE-SEIU 517M Website:  http://www.seiu517m.org


National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), AFL-CIO

NATCA represents about 1,300 national airspace system engineers and aerospace engineers who work for the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  The first engineering unit certified with NATCA in November 1997.  NATCA represents about 20,000 FAA workers.  NATCA Region 10 specifically represents all NATCA bargaining unit positions that do not control or otherwise separate aircraft.

For more information about NATCA Region 10, contact Mr. Curtis Howe, P.E., chowe@natca.net

National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA)
1325 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20005-4171

Phone:  +1 (202) 628-5451 
Facsimile:  +1 (202) 628-5767

NATCA Website:  http://www.natca.org


University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE) Union, CWA Local 9119, AFL-CIO

University Professional and Technical Employees, CWA 9119, is the union of technical and professional employees at the University of California. UPTE represents more than 12,000 University of California (UC) employees including scientists, engineers and valued workers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Specifically, UPTE embodies the Society of Professional Scientists and Engineers (SPSE) at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

UPTE was founded in 1990 by a group of employees who believed that UC workers would benefit by having a union to safeguard and expand their rights in the workplace. There are UPTE locals at all campuses and medical centers of the University of California. In 1993, UPTE members voted to affiliate with the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a 700,000 member union in the AFL-CIO, in order to better organize and represent UC workers.

For more information about UPTE, contact Mr. Roger Logan, rwlogan@att.net

University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE), CWA Local 9119
P.O. Box 4443
Berkeley, CA 94704-0443

Phone:  +1 (510) 704-UPTE (8783) 
Facsimile:  +1 (510) 704-8065

UPTE - CWA Local 9119 Website:  http://www.upte.org


Dana Wheeler

Executive Director

Minnesota Government Engineers
Council (MGEC)
475 Etna Street, Suite 11
St. Paul, MN 55106-5845

Office:  (651) 774-0996
FAX:  (651) 774-9576
eMail:  dana.wheeler@mgec.org

Vice Chair


Secretary / Treasurer

Curtis Howe, PE, M.ASCE

President, NATCA Local ENM

National Air Traffic Controllers Association,
Region 10, AFL-CIO
P.O. Box 98583
Des Moines, WA 98198-0583

Mobile:  (253) 569-9909
FAX:  (425) 227-1445
eMail:  chowe@natca.net

Legislative Director

Roger Logan, PhD

University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE)
CWA Local 9119
P.O. Box 4443
Berkeley, CA 94704-0443

Mobile:  (925) 455-8302
FAX:  (510) 704-8065
eMail: rwlogan@att.net

Executive Committee Member


Michigan Public Employees
SEIU Local 517m
1026 East Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 47812-1809

Executive Committee Member

James F. Bockman

Aerospace Professional Staff Association (APSA)
14745 Lee Road
Chantilly, VA 20151

Mobile:  (703) 663-0034
eMail:  james.f.bockman@aero.org

Executive Committee Member

Joe Grabowski

Executive Director

Association of Scientists &
Professional Engineering Personnel (ASPEP)
1236 Brace Road, Suite G
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034-3229

Office:  (856) 616-8812
FAX:  (856) 616-8814
eMail:  joe_aspep@comcast.net

Executive Committee Member