Barbara F. Ball memorial (by AFSCME Local 2042)

Barbara Ball was a longtime member of AFSCME Local 2042’s Classified union at Oakland Community College. Local 2042 consists of Classified staff at OCC who provide a variety of support services to students, faculty, and staff on a daily basis. Classified staff are the frontline workers at the College – the first to serve students. Classified staff fulfill a wide variety of job classifications throughout the College, all dedicated to assisting students on a daily basis with every aspect of their college experience.

Barbara Ball served as an officer on the Local 2042 Executive Board and served as a member on the Women’s Committee in Michigan. Unfortunately, she passed away suddenly in January 1991 at age 41. Because of her strong dedication to AFSCME Local 2042 and AFSCME Council 25, the Local 2042 Executive Board, on behalf of the Classified staff, established a student scholarship fund in her memory. Barbara was one of our most active union members and always did more than her share of the work with great enthusiasm. Since the scholarship was established, the Classified union as a whole, as well as individual members of the union, have donated to the scholarship fund to help support students. The union and its members are happy to continue this tradition and hope to help many more of OCC’s students in the future in memory of Barbara Ball.