an effort to improve union services for members and enhance staffing in critical
areas, DC 37 has hired and promoted several employees recently.
and a paralegal have joined the unions Legal Department. Last year the department
hired attorneys Tom Cooke and Kim Hsueh (pronounced Shea) to defend union members
in disciplinary cases. In October Cynthia Moore was hired as a paralegal.
Before joining DC 37, Mr. Cooke, a 1998 New York Law School graduate, represented
claimants in an insurance industry class action lawsuit. On working for DC 37
he said, The one-on-one contact and fighting to protect members jobs
is the reason I went to law school.
After an internship in the
Legal Department, Ms. Hsueh said she knew she wanted to practice labor law at
DC 37. I get the greatest satisfaction knowing that when the little guy
gets stepped on, were here to fight on their behalf, she said.
Ms. Moore currently works on the unions WEP lawsuits. She worked at
several major law firms over the past 15 years before joining DC 37.
Jose Alamo recently was promoted to Research Analyst in the Research and Negotiations
Department. He worked as a staff assistant in the DC 37 Health and Security Inquiry
Unit for three years while he earned his bachelors degree from the DC 37
Campus of the College of New Rochelle. Mr. Alamo first joined DC 37 as a mailroom
clerk 20 years ago.
The DC 37 Political Action and Legislation Department
has hired three new staffers. Patrick Brennan and Cleon Edwards are Policy and
Legislation Analysts and Marietta Kremmidas is a Legislative Aide.
Brennan works on DC 37 field operations and organizing for the upcoming mayoral
and City Council elections. Before becoming part of DC 37 staff, Mr. Brennan organized
for the International Longshoremens Association, ILA Local 333, and U.S.
Sen. Charles Schumers succesful 1998 campaign.
Mr. Edwards assists in the unions day-to-day lobbying
efforts at City Hall. Before joining DC 37 last September, he worked as a partnership
specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau; communications director for a Harlem-based
environmental group and policy analyst specializing in criminal justice and public
safety issues for Public Advocate Mark Green and former Manhattan Borough President
After completing an internship through the Union Semester
program at Queens College, Marietta Kremmidas, a St. Johns University graduate,
was hired as a Legislative Aide working primarily on the unions voter registration
drive and telephone banks.
Last year, almost 8,000 DC 37 members registered
to vote, but theres still a significant number who are not yet registered,
Chandler Henderson was promoted to Council Rep in the Blue
Collar Division. He will work closely with Locals 1087 and 1797, the Prevailing
Rate Employees and Custodial Supervisors. Mr. Henderson previously was a clerk
in the Education Fund, where he served for seven years as a shop steward in Local
153 of the Office and Professional Employees Union.
He sees his new job
as a chance to help people who need help most.