Chattanooga union leader elected to a top International post

Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Engineering Association/IFPTE Local 1937 President Gay Henson speaks to the media at Miller Park on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Members of the Engineering Association/IFPTE Local 1937 were protesting the announced layoffs of Tennessee Valley Authority IT workers.
photo Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Engineering Association/IFPTE Local 1937 President Gay Henson speaks to the media at Miller Park on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Members of the Engineering Association/IFPTE Local 1937 were protesting the announced layoffs of Tennessee Valley Authority IT workers.

The president of an employees union in Chattanooga who helped convince former President Trump to get the Tennessee Valley Authority to reverse its outsourcing of information technology jobs last year has been elected to the No. 2 position in the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers.

Gay Henson, a health physicist at the Tennessee Valley Authority who is president of the Engineering Association/IFPTE Local 193, was recently elected as secretary-treasurer of the International union during the IFPTE annual convention.