WNY Area Labor Federation President DeJesus, Buffalo Teachers Federation President Rumore, USW District 4 Director Vitale & UAW Region 9 Director Binz Listed Among City & State’s 2021 New York State Labor Power 100 Ranking
CNY Area Labor Federation President Ann Marie Taliercio, Rochester Teachers Association President Adam Urbanski & Carpenters Local 276 Council Rep Jomo Akono Also Ranked Among Top 100
City & State’s New York State Labor Power 100 recognizes Labor Leaders and Worker Rights Advocates on the front lines of today’s battles, whether it’s raising wages, protecting Immigrants or seeking safe conditions during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The New York State Labor Power 100 - written and reported in partnership with Journalist Trevor Boyer - features several prominent, Buffalo, Western New York, Rochester and Syracuse Labor Leaders, including:
- Ann Marie Taliercio, President, Central New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation - Leading an Area Federation that represents over 100,000 Members of 200 AFL-CIO Locals, Ann Marie Taliercio is also President of Unite Here Local 150 in Syracuse. Taliercio has said the Central New York Area Labor Federation that she heads is looking to represent Workers who build and who Staff what’s expected to become Amazon’s biggest fulfillment center, a nearly four-million-square-foot facility planned for the Syracuse Suburb of Clay.
- Peter DeJesus, President, Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation - Peter DeJesus (pictured above, frame on the left), political action coordinator for 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union), was elected in March to a three-year term as President of the Western New York Area Labor Federation (WNYALF). The first Hispanic Leader of the consortium, DeJesus succeeds the retiring Richard Lipsitz, a vocal and long-time Labor Leader in Western New York who served for 10 years as the Federation’s President. The Regional Federation brings together five local AFL-CIO Councils and over 100,000 Rank-and-File Members.
- Philip Rumore, President, Buffalo Teachers Federation - Known as a hard-nosed negotiator and dogged advocate for his Union’s Teachers, Philip Rumore (pictured above, middle frame) has headed the Buffalo Teachers Federation (BTF) for 40 years. One of his most recent advocacy efforts was a lawsuit that would have blocked students’ physical return to Buffalo classrooms. Though unsuccessful on that front, Rumore has also spoken out against the Federal Government’s standardized testing requirement for Grades 3-through-8 during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
- Jeff Binz, Regional Director, United Auto Workers Region 9 - After serving in various UAW leadership roles for over 20 years, Jeff Binz in 2018 was elected Director of Region 9, which covers Western and Central New York, New Jersey and most of Pennsylvania. His New York Membership includes over 1,000 Maintenance and Service Workers at Cornell University as well as Auto Workers at General Motors’ Tonawanda plant, outside of Buffalo. Acceding to UAW demands that accompanied a 40-day Strike in Fall 2019, GM converted 31 Temp Workers to Full-Timers with benefits as it upgraded the plant last year.
- Adam Urbanski, President, Rochester Teachers Association - As enrollment shrinks at Rochester’s schools, the district has allowed its staffing levels to stay the same - for now. Adam Urbanski, President of the Rochester Teachers Association, spins that as a positive. “The fact that we have smaller class sizes, it is not a bad thing. It's a good thing,” he told WHEC News 10. This year, Urbanski pushed for six-foot distancing between students as schools returned to in-person instruction in the state’s third largest city.
- Del Vitale, Director, United Steelworkers District 4 - As the Director of the USW District that covers the Northeast, Del Vitale (pictured above, frame on the right) has recently advocated for producers of off-shore windmills to use an all-American supply chain - including, of course, steel from Union manufacturers. Since he started out as a Slitter Operator as a teenager in New Jersey, Vitale has risen to become the Assistant to the director of District 4 starting in 2015, and moved up to Director in July 2019.
- Jomo Akono Council Representative, Carpenters Local 276 - Appointed to the Executive Board of the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters in November, Jomo Akono is known for his outreach work for Local 276 in Western New York. He’s led efforts to diversify his Buffalo-based Union via programs such as the Sisters in the Brotherhood Pre-Apprenticeship, intended to bring more women into the Carpentry Trade. Akono also hosts a weekly radio show on Buffalo radio called ProJect Access to A-Free-Ka.
- James Mason, President, Carpenters Local 277 - An experienced Construction Worker, James Mason leads the Carpenters local that represents more than 3,000 Members in a 21-county area spanning Northern and Central New York and the Southern Tier. He’s spoken in favor of the City of Fulton’s new rules intended to prevent wage theft on construction projects. This past Fall, Mason was named to the Executive Board of the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters.
To View City & State’s Entire 2021 New York State Labor Power 100 Ranking, Go To: www.cityandstateny.com/articles/power-list/power-100/2021-new-york-state-labor-power-100.html