Council 66 E-Board meeting convenes in person after two years

During the meeting, held at the Turning Stone convention center, awards were given out to honor and acknowledge the service of retirees and members who previously held executive board positions prior to the Council’s Bi-Annual Convention in May, 2021.

In Heroic act Local 418 member saves two from burning house in Jamestown

On Tuesday, March 23, Joseph Pollaro, AFSCME Local 418 Equipment Operator began his shift…

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AFSCME Local 1095 settles cba with Erie County and other employers.

AFSCME Local 1095 has settled its successor cba with Erie County, ECMC Hospital, Terrace View, Buffalo/Erie County Public Libraries, and *Erie Community College. Erie County Legislators approved the tentative agreement in a 10-0 vote on April 7, 2022. In response to...

Rita Mancuso – Council 66 Member Spotlight

Rita Mancuso is a real property appraiser for the Town of Cortlandt, in Westchester County and has held the title for seven years. In her role she assists with the valuation of properties, houses and buildings. Rita is not new to Real Estate, though. She first got...

Council 66 E-Board convenes in-person again

Almost two years ago––to the day––the last scheduled in-person Council 66 Executive Board meeting was cancelled due to the Pandemic. But on March 26, 2022, Council officers convened in-person under safer conditions to discuss matters that affect members of represented...

Tawanda Ciccone – Council 66 Member Spotlight

Tawanda Ciccone is the AFSCME 1635 Grievance/Recording Secretary and a City of Rochester employee who started as a 9-1-1 Telecommunicator in 1999, she then moved up to Police Dispatcher––a title that sends police and sheriff's deputies to various locations from 9-1-1...

Weezy Landry – Council 66 Member Spotlight

Louise “Weezy” Landry is a longtime City of Rochester resident and employee of the Rochester City School District. She started out as an account clerk typist in 1987 and after a few years began to get involved with her union, BENTE 2419.  "I had some colleagues tell...

Sharifa Prior – Council 66 Member Spotlight

Sharifa Aiyna Prior is a Rochester, NY native and a graduate of Temple University where she majored in Criminal Justice.  Growing up Sharifa wanted to be the first female black U.S. Supreme Court Justice–– to follow in the footsteps of Thurgood Marshall. At Temple she...

In heroic act Local 418 member saves two from burning house in Jamestown

Photo by Eric Tichy  Flames are pictured coming from the Washington Street property shortly before 7 a.m. The blaze remains under investigation. (Picture courtesy of Observer Today) Jamestown, NY – On Tuesday, March 23, Joseph Pollaro an AFSCME Local 418 Equipment...

Bill Slocum, President of City of Rochester Municipal Union retiring

Longtime Labor Leader, Bill Slocum, President of City of Rochester Municipal Workers’ Union AFSCME 1635 is retiring. Starting out as an Environmental Service Operator in 1987, Bill served in several City of Rochester roles. In addition to his most important role as...

Council 66 remembers David M. Bosco, AFSCME Local 815 President

With a heavy heart, AFSCME Council 66 announces the untimely passing of our union brother and AFSCME Local 815 President Dave Bosco, on January 10, 2021, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. Starting out in the Village of Solvay 28 years ago in 1993 as a Motor...

City of Syracuse Unions laud furlough plan

After months of conversations concerning pandemic related budget short falls, the City of Syracuse and its labor partners agreed on four days of furloughs for all Civilian employees over a 9-month period. The agreement will help ease a Covid-19 related strained budget...

BENTE 2419 says, “Essential Then, Essential Now!

After weeks of advocating for their essential jobs, hundreds of BENTE/AFSCME Local 2419 members staged a press conference and rally urging the Rochester City School District (RCSD) Board of Education and Superintendent to vote “no” on proposed cuts that would result...

AFSCME 1635 Member recovering after Covid-19 fight

AFSCME 1635 Member recovering after Covid-19 fight By Amorette Miller Rochester, NY - On March 26, 2020, Jeff Reese an AFSCME 1635 member and City of Rochester Recreation Specialist wasn't feeling like his usual self. He was home, running a high fever and...

Message from AFSCME International President Lee Saunders about coronavirus

With COVID-19 (the coronavirus) continuing to spread, we are being vigilant about taking every step possible to protect AFSCME members and the communities they serve. Whenever there is a crisis or challenge, people are counting on us to be part of the solution. When...

911 Operator receives Telecommunicator of the Year Award

Working Class Hero: Loretta Anderson NEW ROCHELLE – November 7, 2019 – Union member Loretta Anderson does a tough job in stressful circumstances. She’s a Community Service Officer (CSO) for the City of New Rochelle where she answers 911 calls from people in distress...

Working Class Hero: Terri Bellanger

HUDSON – August 30, 2019 – It’s the Friday before the Fall Semester starts at Columbia-Greene Community College (CGCC). Staff are busy getting everything ready for incoming students, and Terri Bellanger is there to make sure everyone has access to the information they...

Workers at Auburn Community Hospital Call for a Fair Contract Now!

AUBURN - April 24, 2019 - The members of AFSCME Local 3124 demanded a fair contract now at an informational picket and rally outside of Auburn Community Hospital. Over a hundred workers and supporters publicly called for fair wages, decent benefits, and...

Working Class Heroes: Robin & Mike Whipple

CHITTENANGO – April 4, 2019 – Sometimes people don’t know what they’re capable of until they do something truly remarkable. Robin Whipple and her husband Mike are both Head Cleaners at the Chittenango Central School District who never expected that one day they would...

Auburn Community Hospital Workers form Contract Action Team

Earlier this week, the members of AFSCME Local 3124 announced the formation of a Contract Action Team to lead the fight for a fair contract at Auburn Community Hospital. The Union’s move comes after months of contentious negotiations over a new collective...

Working Class Hero: Evan Lowenstein

ROCHESTER – January 12, 2018 – It’s a frigid Saturday morning as the vendors set up their stalls and the first visitors arrive at the City of Rochester Public Market. Assistant Market Supervisor Evan Lowenstein is getting ready for another hectic shift at the City’s...

Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is a time to celebrate and honor everything we do to serve our communities. It's also a time to remember American workers who fought so hard in the past for things like safe working conditions, retirement security, and racial equality on the job. But our...

Council 66 Workers support Dana Balter for Congress

SYRACUSE, New York – August 27, 2018 – The members of AFSCME Council 66 are proud to endorse Dana Balter for Congress. Balter’s ironclad commitment to defend workers’ rights presents a clear choice for union members who live in the 24th Congressional District. During...

Union Remains Strong despite US Supreme Court siding with Corporations over Working People

Dan DiClemente, President of AFSCME Council 66, issued this response to the US Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31: In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court overturned decades of legal precedent by declaring that fair share fees to public service unions...

AFSCME Council 66 Partners with Pearl Insurance to Provide Low-Cost Insurance Benefits for Union Members

ALBANY – June 14, 2018 – AFSCME Council 66 and Pearl Insurance are launching an exciting new initiative to provide affordable insurance options exclusively for Council 66 members. These insurance programs are designed specifically for our union members to protect them...

City Public Employee Coalition Endorses Joe Morelle for Congress

Today, Joe Morelle announced that the City Public Employees Coalition (CPEC) has endorsed his candidacy for the 25th Congressional district. The CPEC is comprised of five unions in the City of Rochester, including: Board of Education Non-Teaching Employees (BENTE)...

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