President, Communications Workers of America Local 1180
As the longtime president of Communications Workers of America Local 1180, Arthur Cheliotes is one of the city’s most experienced labor leaders. He represents some 8,500 administrators and supervisors in New York City, including public employees and workers in the nonprofit and private sectors. He has led the union since 1979, having been elected 11 times.
Cheliotes has enjoyed close ties at City Hall since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took office. But he hasn’t pulled his punches, as Local 1180 was one of the plaintiffs in a major discrimination lawsuit alleging the city paid women and people of color less than white men to do the same work. In April, the union reportedly reached an agreement with the city that Cheliotes touted as a victory.
President, Professional Staff Congress
In recent weeks, Barbara Bowen praised New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s budget proposal but called for more money for City University of New York faculty. She applauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recently approved Excelsior Scholarship program, yet said CUNY still remains underfunded. In response to President Donald Trump’s policies, she led a May Day classroom protest.
It’s all part of the job for Bowen who, as president of the Professional Staff Congress, represents 25,000 CUNY faculty and professional staff.
A professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center at CUNY, Bowen is also an executive board member of the New York State United Teachers, a consortium of more than 1,200 local teachers’ unions, and a vice president of the influential American Federation of Teachers.
President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056
When I. Daneek Miller resigned as head of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056 to join the New York City Council, he left the labor group in the capable hands of Mark Henry.
As a longtime member of the union, which represents city bus drivers, Henry had risen through the ranks and helped forge closer partnerships with other transit unions. He is also a vice president of the New York City Central Labor Council.
Henry has pushed for more bus routes, more express buses and 24-hour bus service. The union and Miller were active in the passage of City Council legislation that cracked down on illegal dollar vans. Henry has also been an outspoken critic of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s streetcar proposal.
Business Manager, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14-14B
Edwin Christian is the business manager of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 14-14B, which primarily represents workers who operate heavy construction equipment. Christian has been a leader of the union for more than a decade.
Christian’s clout extends beyond his own union. He’s on the executive board of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. He’s a vice president of the New York City Central Labor Council. And he has a spot on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s workforce development task force, which advises on city policy for education, retraining and programs for those seeking jobs – which has taken on new urgency given the mayor’s recent pledge to create thousands of new jobs.
Patrick Dolan Jr.
President, Enterprise Association of Steamfitters Local 638
Patrick Dolan Jr. started out with Steamfitters Local 638 as an apprentice in 1987. Today, he runs the union, which represents over 8,000 workers in New York City and in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Part of what steamfitters do is install building sprinkler systems, and because a 1999 law requires sprinklers in most new construction, Local 638 workers have stayed busy.
He has also weighed in on the need for government to ensure worker protections. And as an official in several Long Island building trades groups, Dolan has been drawing attention to discrimination, poor pay, lack of benefits and exploitation of immigrant workers. He is also a vice president of the New York City Central Labor Council.