Russell Keating Leading Pioneer In Expanding Labor Communications Passes After Courageous Battle Against Cancer

Russ Keating

UPDATE:  For information on his funeral and viewing, please visit

We are saddened to report the passing of Russell Keating the former Communications Director for AFSCME Council 13 who passed away on Tuesday evening after a courageous battle against cancer. Keating is the former Communications Director of AFSCME Council 13 and the former President of the Pennsylvania Labor Communications Association. In 2002 Russ received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s Work and Family Committee for his many contributions to the growth and promotion of labor communications in building solidarity and advancing labor’s agendas and programs. Russ also served on the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO’s legislative and communications staff from May 2007 to June of 2013.

“I have lost a close personal friend and the labor movement has lost one of its leading pioneers in labor communications. His contributions to AFSCME and to the broader labor movement are endless and will live on with thousands of union communications staff and local union leadership and activists all across Pennsylvania. He helped build a solid communications network throughout Pennsylvania for AFSCME but also for the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. His love for his union was only surpassed by his love for his family. We extend our sympathies and condolences to his wife Bonnie and their three sons: Rusty, Brian and Kyle and the entire family,” Bloomingdale said.

“He gave every ounce of his talent and energy on daily basis for the greater good of his union, and for all working families. He was a key part in many successful political and legislative campaigns that helped build and further strengthen AFSCME, which also contributed to the overall strength of Pennsylvania’s labor movement and progress for all workers throughout the Commonwealth. We will miss his energy and his dedication but we will not forget his many contributions and his memory,” Secretary-Treasurer Snyder said.

We will forward details and information on the funeral arrangements as soon as they are available to us.

UPDATE:  For information on his funeral and viewing, please visit