JobKeeper Alliance is a group formed between the business community and labor community.
This partnership is cemented by their mutual interest in protecting existing quality jobs and working to create valuable new jobs.
The idea for the alliance came from Stewart Burkhalter who began organizing JobKeeper in late 2011 after retiring from his post as president of the Alabama AFL-CIO.
Burkhalter reached out to George Clark, a longtime friend and president of Manufacture Alabama, and asked him to serve as a JobKeeper board member. After discussing Burkhalter’s goals and vision for JobKeeper, Clark accepted the offer and the two went to work building the organization.
The JobKeeper Alliance Board of Directors was finalized with the additions of Michael Davis, the manufacturing manager at Toray Carbon Fibers America, Inc., and Daryl Dewberry, the International Vice President of the United Mine Workers of America District 20.
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Burkhalter graduated from Childersburg High School in 1954 and then immediately started his 31-year career at Kimberly-Clark Newsprint in Childersburg, AL. He served as president of the Local 1595 from 1970-1985.
In 1985, Burkhalter left the paper mill industry and went to work as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Alabama AFL-CIO. He was elected as President of the Alabama AFL-CIO in 1995, a position that he held until he retired in October 2011.
His retirement did not last long. In early 2012 Burkhalter started JobKeeper Alliance, a 501C(4) non profit organization whose mission is to create new, and protect existing high-paying jobs.
The alliance was formed as a partnership between the labor and business communities because Burkhalter believes that both groups are more effective when they work together to address shared issues and concerns.
Stewart and his wife Betsy have been married for 54 years. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, watching college football, traveling with his wife, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.