Buffalo Teachers Federation President Phil Rumore Makes City & State’s 2020 Labor Power List, Which Recognizes ‘The 100 Most Influential Labor Figures Across New York State’
(ACROSS NEW YORK STATE) - The Coronavirus Pandemic has landed a powerful one-two punch on New York State’s Workforce, putting many Front Line Workers at risk of contracting the deadly virus while also hammering the local economy - and as a result, slashing city and state spending. Yet, the State’s Labor Movement is battling back, proving its resilience and its worth in securing protections for Workers while lobbying against mass layoffs.
City & State - a media outlet dedicated to covering New York’s local and state politics and public policy, has released its latest Labor Power 100 List that highlights Labor Leaders who are influencing the government’s response - whether it’s how to restart schools or save transit systems or ensure adequate health care - as well as New York’s leading activists, academics and elected officials who are ensuring that working New Yorkers are not forgotten in the midst of an unprecedented crisis.
The following are City & State’s New York State’s Top 10 Labor Leaders: #1 - United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Michael Mulgrew; #2 - 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) President George Gresham; #3 - American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 37 Executive Director Henry Garrido; #4 - New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento; #5 - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) President Andrew Pallotta; #6 - Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York President Gary LaBarbera; #7 - Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) President Stuart Appelbaum; #8 - 32BJ SEIU President Kyle Bragg; #9 - New York City AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Vincent Alvarez; #10 - New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA) President Bhairavi Desai.
Making that list at #52 was Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) President Phil Rumore (Pictured Below/WNYLaborToday.com File Photo) the only Western New York Labor Leader recognized on City’s State’s List.
Rumore was elected President of the 3,600-Member BTF back in 1981 - and according to City & State, is among the most recognizable Organized Labor Leaders across the Western New York Region.
This year, Rumore and the BTF had called for a remote start to the school year and threatened legal action if Educators weren’t comfortable with the Buffalo School District’s reopening plan. In August, the Buffalo Board of Education decided to start school with only remote classes.
“It’s ‘nice to be recognized, but as far as I’m concerned, there are more’ Union Presidents out there ‘who do a hell of a job for their Members who deserved to be recognized than just me,’” Rumore told WNYLaborToday.com. “It ‘means more to me to win a battle.’”
Also ranked, at #86, was United Steelworkers District (USW) District 4 Director Del Vitale (Pictured Below/USW Photo), whose USW District includes Western New York and New York State.
Vitale became Director of USW District 4 in July 2019 after serving as Assistant to the Director since 2015.
City & State said Vitale expressed support for Workers who spoke against racial discrimination and harassment at Tesla’s Production Facility in Buffalo – and as a life-long Union Member, Vitale also put in a plug for Organized Labor, saying a Union Contract is the simplest way to prevent workplace discrimination.
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