Meet the Staff of Oklahoma AFL-CIO

The Voice for Working Oklahomans 

Oklahoma AFL-CIO President - Jimmy Curry

Jimmy Curry was first elected President of the Oklahoma AFL-CIO on November 21, 1997, and has been re-elected every 4 years since.  Prior to his election, he was the President of the Northeastern Oklahoma  Labor Council and served for four years on the State AFL-CIO Executive Board.  He has been a member of the Transport Workers Union Local 514 of Tulsa, Oklahoma for over 30 years.  

Curry served as Labor Chairman of the Tulsa Area United Way for two years and is currently on the board for the United Way of Central Oklahoma.  In 1994, he received the "Rerum Novarum Award" by the Christ the Kind Center for Social Concerns.  He has been awarded several other honors and awards for his work to improve the lives of Oklahomans.


Jimmy Curry serves on several Boards including; the Advisory Council on Workers' Compensation, the Oklahoma Health Care Information Advisory Council, Oklahoma Workforce Development Council, among others.


Before his election, Curry was a FFA licensed aircraft mechanic for American Airlines in Tulsa.  He was born and raised in Oklahoma City and graduated from Spartan School of Aeronautics in 1978.  Jimmy Curry and his wife Deborah currently reside in Edmond.  

Bronte Yardley was born in Oklahoma, lived most of her life in Yukon, and graduated high school in Oklahoma City. She graduated from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX in December 2018. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, gained two minors, and was awarded honors distinction at the time of graduation.


Bronte returned home and began work at the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO in May 2020. She is a third-generation member of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 381. As such, she has strong ties to unions in both family and friends.

Communications Director - Bronte Yardley

Christy Ferrell was born and raised in Oklahoma.  She has lived in Midwest City nearly her entire life.  A graduate from Midwest City High School, Christy also attended the Mid-Del Vo-Tech to learn office skills, such as computers and ten-key.  Through encouragement of her father, she applied and was hired for a position with the Professional Fire Fighters of Oklahoma (PFFO) in early 1990’s.  A few years later, with the help of a partial reimbursement program with the P.F.F.O. and her union contract, Christy finished college at Rose State Junior College with an Associates in Business Administration.

In March of 1999, Christy was hired by the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO as the Bookkeeper/Secretary, later incorporated into Executive Assistant.  Christy is a proud union member of the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 381 since August 1995, where she has served as Trustee and currently as Vice President.

Executive Assistant - Christy Ferrell