JobKeeper is an alliance formed between the business community and labor community. This partnership is cemented by the two group’s mutual interest in protecting jobs and working to create 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.
Patrick Cagle is the executive director of JobKeeper Alliance. Patrick reports to the board of directors and is responsible for developing and implementing the organizations operational strategy.
Jobkeeper Alliance Executive Director
Patrick Cagle is Executive Director of JobKeeper Alliance, a nonprofit partnership dedicated to the creation and protection of high-paying jobs.
Under Cagle’s leadership, the organization founded in early 2012 has earned the reputation among opinion leaders as the preeminent voice of working families and pro-job policy supporters.
Cagle regularly speaks before decision-making bodies and regulatory agencies on issues related to mining, energy, and transportation infrastructure. His public outreach efforts have made statements and analysis from JobKeeper Alliance a staple in online, print, and TV media
Cagle earned a B.S. in economics and a second B.S. in finance from Auburn Montgomery, after graduating as president of the inaugural class at Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School.
In 2006, Cagle managed a state senate campaign and discovered his interest in politics and strategic communication. After working on one of the most watched congressional races in the country in 2008, he went to work as a political consultant.
After winning four major legislative races in 2010, Cagle hung his shingle and started Southeastern Strategy, a firm specializing in political and marketing strategy.
Cagle is Rotarian, a member of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, and serves on the Alabama Construction Recruitment Institute (Go Build) advisory committee.
He is married to the former Molly Middlebrooks of Huntsville. He and his wife share a passion for outdoor adventure and offshore fishing. Cagle is also an avid hunter and an experienced scuba diver with a deep affection for spearfishing.
Patrick Cagle can be reached via email or by phone (334) 354-0107
Chairman of the Jobkeeper Alliance 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.