Brentwood School District
Long Island Division
Ms. Roldan became a member of Local 237 in 1992. An active member of the union, she attends all union meetings for the Food Services Workers. For Ms. Roldan, the best thing about her job is working with the members in the kitchen. In her words, “We are like a family and I enjoy working with the students.” When describing what it means to be a union member, Ms. Roldan says “The union is always there for us when we have any issues.” Outside of work, Ms. Roldan enjoys visiting casinos. Married for 38 years to husband Arthur – they have 3 daughters – Naomi, Vanessa and Yvette.
Hercules 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.