Teamsters Local 237

Italian Heritage 2011

Catherine Lamorte Byrnes

Catherine Lamorte Byrnes

Long Island Division
Cashier
Suffolk OTB

Watch Catherine accept her award.

Catherine Lamorte Byrnes began working for Suffolk OTB as a cashier in 2001 and became a shop steward in 2002. Union activism is in her roots. Her grandfather was a political activist on the Lower East Side, and her brother, Nick LaMorte, is president of CSEA Local 1000. Catherine has been a member of the union’s Labor/Management-, Negotiating- and Safety Committees and was recently a delegate to the Teamster Convention.

Oral History Project

Hercules Cornish: Caretaker J Stores Man

Herclules CornishHercules Cornish went to work for the Housing Authority as a caretaker J in 1952 and retired 24 years later as a stores worker. He died the year following this interview, which was conducted in June 1999.

Originally I was from Harlem, but when I came out of the service in 1945 my wife had moved to the Bronx, so I moved there, too. I went to work for the New York City Housing Authority in 1952.

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