BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2020: Black executives rising to lead in organized labor in New York City
Added 02-05-20 11:25:02pm EST - “Hundreds of thousand of New York area workers, retirees and their families are better off because of the ultimate career choices of District Council 37 President Shaun Francois; New York Nursing Association executive Karine Raymond;…” - Nydailynews.com
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Once there seemed to be a short list of answers to the big childhood question: What do to want to be when you grow up? And, usually, a position in the hierarchy of organized labor doesn't make the cut.
But hundreds of thousands of New York-area workers, retirees and their families are better off today because of the career choices of District Council 37 President Shaun Francois; New York Nursing Association executive Karine Raymond; 32BJ union President Kyle Bragg; TWU Local 100 recording secretary LaTonya Crisp; and Anthony Wells, president of SSE Local 371, and Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association President Elias Husamudeen.
These and other black New York area labor union executives are working daily for their members and helping them forge better futures. All the execs are committed to maintaining and gaining benefits for their members — everything from help with drug prescriptions to dental, optical and health benefits, legal assistance, childcare stipends and language classes.
"When I was child, I wanted to be a carpenter. I always was fascinated by wood and the many things that can be created from it," said Francois, who is also president of Board of Education Employees Local 372.
He began his career as a civil service career and was impressed by a visit to DC 37 when he was a teenager. He said it ignited in him "a desire to belong to a union and to fight for my fellow workers,” said Francois, who became head of the DC 37 in 2019.
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