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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Honoring Veteran & Union Brother Leslie White

As November, National Veterans and Military Family’s month, comes to a close, we recognize Local 2343-Town of Cortlandt and its effort to highlight former member and veteran Leslie White. Every year the Town of Cortlandt posts patriotic banners featuring local...

Member Spotlight-Ronald Mathis

Ronald Mathis is a dedicated school bus driver on a service driven mission-service to his students, to his ministry & to our community. He has worked for the Webster School District as a bus driver for over 8 years. Ronald is a former Marine whose military service...

Solidarity in Florida

Recently, AFSCME international issued a call to action to our AFSCME family to support members in Florida in response to the passage of the anti-worker Senate Bill (SB) 256, which went into effect on July 1, 2023. Council 66 answered the call immediately by sending...

Member spotlight-Krone Brown & Kenneith Carter

At 5am on April 5, 2023, Krone Brown and Kenneith Carter, local 1961 City of Albany, were on their usual route picking up garbage when they noticed the smell of what seemed like burning rubber. Moments later, they found themselves first-on-scene at a blazing building...

Niskayuna’s Lifesaving Contract

Every day unions fight tirelessly for workers. What happens when unions and employers fight together to save lives. In 2022,  a contract provision for blood, platelet and organ donation leave was included in the Niskayuna Local 1130 contract. The moment it passed -...

Member Spotlight – Sandra Beasley & Deverin Dillon

Sandra Beasley and Deverin Dillon, BENTE 2419, are School Security Officers (SSO’s) who have spent their careers positively impacting the lives of young people at the Rochester City School District (RCSD). Recently, their work gained widespread public attention and...

Member Spotlight-Gary Hyla

In a world of ever-changing technology, Gary D. Hyla, Database Administrator & President of Local 2567, has seen many significant changes in IT, (Information Technology), over his 36 years with Erie 1 BOCES. Yet, there are two main consistent themes throughout his...

Member spotlight-Stephanie Mintz

In a community where grieving families desperately look for answers to violence, there are people like Stephanie Mintz-Police Evidence Technician, Local 1635, tirelessly working to bring justice to victims.  Stephanie was raised in a family that was dedicated to...

Member Spotlight-Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson’s journey from childhood to becoming the current President of Local 1037a-City of Schenectady has not been an easy one. He has experienced struggle and loss, yet, through it all he chooses to live a life filled with faith, gratitude and a fighting spirit....

Council 66 Member Spotlight-Tim Downey

Tim Downey, union member and Micro Computer Technical Support Specialist (MCTSS) at Erie 1 BOCES, was raised with a strong work ethic and the motto no matter what happens “just keep going.” Tim learned hard work and union activity from his role model-his father. His...

Council 66 Member Spotlight – Jeff Reese

If you ask AFSCME Council 66 local 1635 member Jeff Reese what it’s like to hold onto hope, his answer might be a surprising one. Some say Jeff is a medical miracle. Others might say that Jeff is a miraculous force in our community. In Jeff’s words, “I’m just real.” ...

Council 66 Member Spotlight – Brian Haygood

AFSCME 1635 member, Brian Haygood, is a lifelong Rochester resident dedicated to the Rochester community. He is passionate about his work for the City of Rochester as the Crew Chief at the beloved and wildly popular Rochester Public Market. He grew up in the city and...

Council 66 Welcomes Maria Fisher as Comms Director & PAC

Photo by Bess Watts of Maria Fisher marching in the Rochester Pride Parade with Rochester Labor Council Maria came to us from New York State Senator Samra Brouk’s office where she was the Director of Community Outreach and Community Development. In this role, Maria...

Sister Amorette Miller leaving AFSCME Council 66

Amorette Miller (left) with former AFSCME 1635 president Bill Slocum (right) waiting to meet with NYS legislators in the Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY, March of 2020. After a fourteen year tenure with the labor movement in New York State, Amorette Miller,...

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...

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