Former City Councilman Michael Zucchet was named head of the city’s white-collar union, the Municipal Employees Association, today.

Zucchet had been acting general manager of the union since May, when longtime leader Judie Italiano resigned amid an investigation into personal use of union credit cards.

Zucchet and the union scored a big win last week when City Council rejected a Mayor’s Office proposal to impose outsourcing rules on white-collar workers. Zucchet presented on the union’s behalf.

Zucchet was elected to the City Council in 2002. He served three years and then resigned following a pay to play scandal involving strip club owners trading political contributions for council votes. Zucchet was acquitted of seven corruption counts and granted a new trial on two others. An appeals court upheld that ruling in September.

The Municipal Employees Association is the largest union representing city employees with more than 4,000 members.

Read the union’s press release here.

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