The 120 representatives of Trade Union JHL's Union Council selected a president and two chief executive officers for the union.
The sitting president Päivi Niemi-Laine continues at the helm of the union along with chief executive officer Håkan Ekström. The Union Council also named Ekström as the president’s deputy. Saila Ruuth, a new chief executive officer, was selected to replace Teija Asara-Laaksonen who is retiring.
Päivi Niemi-Laine has been at the service of Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors JHL since 2009. She started at JHL as a head of research and public policy. From 2012 to 2016 she worked as the union’s chief executive officer and vice president. Niemi-Laine was selected as Trade Union JHL’s president in 2016.
Håkan Ekström originally started working for JHL’s predecessor, Municipal Workers’ Union, as a regional officer in Southwest Finland in 1992. From 2001 to 2016 he first worked as a bargaining official, then as a chief negotiator and chief negotiator in charge. Ekström was selected as Trade Union JHL’s chief executive officer in 2016.
At the moment, Saila Ruuth works as a State Secretary to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health. Before that, she worked in the Industrial Union as a specialist on working environment and social affairs. She has previously worked for instance at the Ministry of Education and Culture, earnings-related pension insurance company Ilmarinen, and in Finnish Food Workers’ Unemployment Fund. Ruuth is a Master of Political Sciences.
The selections were made on Tuesday 7 June in Helsinki, in the assembly meeting of JHL’s new Union Council.
president Päivi Niemi-Laine
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Chief executive officer Håkan Ekström
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Chief executive officer Saila Ruuth
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Communications manager Kristiina Ahonen
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