EmblemHealth and LaborPress Presents: Heroes of Labor 2020 – COVID-19 Edition

EmblemHealth and LaborPress Presents: Heroes of Labor 2020 – COVID-19 Edition

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EmblemHealth and LaborPress are honored to present the 9th Annual Heroes of Labor Awards to individuals who go beyond the call of duty. In partnership with LaborPress, EmblemHealth will host a special series of events honoring heroes who helped lead, protect, rebuild and care for New York during the COVID-19 pandemic. We salute the unions who give their time and energy in an extraordinary manner to advocate for others, serve their community with compassion, strength of character, and bravery.

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Honoring our union partners

Kuba Brown,
IUOE Local 94

Robert Troeller,
IUOE Local 891
Kuba J. Brown is the Business Manager and Financial Secretary of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 94, 94A and 94B. He oversees the daily management and operations of the entire Local and co-chairs the Health and Benefit Trust Funds, Annuity Fund and Training Fund. Kuba is also a Trustee on all of the above-mentioned Funds. Prior to his present position, Kuba was Assistant Business Manager and Vice President from 1994 to 2004. and President from 2004 to 2016. He became a Business Representative for Lower Manhattan, Downtown Brooklyn and Staten Island in 1985. Kuba also held several positions in the field. He was the Chief Engineer of 630 Third Avenue from 1979 to 1985. Before that he was an Assistant Chief at 112 West 34th Street from 1974 to 1979. He was an Engineer at 1301 Sixth Avenue from 1972 to 1974. His career first started as a Helper in 1971. Robert Troeller currently resides in Brooklyn with his spouse Tres in the house where he was raised. He has four adult children and two grandchildren. Robert has been the Business Manager /President of IUOE Local 891 since 2003. At that time the Local was deeply divided and fearful about keeping their jobs. Their civil service positions were being eliminated throughout privatization. Seventeen years later the membership is united, the outsourcing ended and the Local has an exclusive jurisdiction clause in their collective bargaining agreement with the City of New York.

Shirley Aldebol,
SEIU Local 32BJ

William Lynn,
IUOE Local 30
Shirley Aldebol, is assistant to the President on leadership and staff development and oversees the public schools division in the New York Metro area, which includes more than 5,000 members who work as cleaners and handypersons in New York city’s public schools. Shirley’s many accomplishments at 32BJ include her leadership in the union’s successful 2011 contract campaign for 22,000 commercial office cleaners. After more than 5,000 cleaners and handypersons working in New York City public schools became 32BJ members in 2012, Shirley led a campaign to ensure that these members would be covered by the city’s prevailing wage rate, and shepherded the transition of all public school cleaners and handypersons to a single employer, which allowed them to finally receive equal pay for equal work, and improved workplace conditions. And in January 2016, Shirley also negotiated the first collective bargaining agreement for subcontracted service workers at New York and New Jersey airports, working in security, cabin and terminal cleaning, baggage handling and as wheelchair attendants. In 2008, she became deputy director of the commercial division, and was appointed director of the division in 2011. William Lynn joined Local 30 in 1990 as an apprentice at a waste to energy power plant. He completed his apprenticeship at a regional medical center and was elevated to mechanic and then engineer at the facility. His activism on the shop floor, expertise in the trade and leadership in union wide campaigns propelled him to serve as a union Shop Steward. He rose to become Local 30’s Dispatcher, Lead Organizer, Business Representative and Recording-Corresponding Secretary before being elected as Local 30 Business Manager & Financial Secretary in 2014. He was re-elected to his current position in 2016 and 2019. In 2017 he was elected to the office of Trustee for the International Union of Operating Engineers. In 2019 he was elected to serve as a Vice President of the International Union. In addition to being an International Vice President, Lynn also serves as a Trustee of the IUOE New York State Conference and Recording- Corresponding Secretary of the IUOE New York City Coalition. William holds leadership positions at several labor organizations including the Long Island and Westchester-Putnam AFL-CIO, Nassau-Suffolk Building Trades, Municipal Labor Council, New York State Public Employee Conference, Long Island Labor Advisory Council and the James Connolly Irish American Labor Coalition. William is a graduate of the Cornell Leadership Institute.